OFFICIAL STATEMENT From David Clark Thompson on North Dakota Attorney General Race, November 7, 2018:
After getting back to my office in Grand Forks this afternoon and immediately diving into my law practice, the hours slipped by quickly, but before I leave this evening, I want to thank each and every one of the 102,407 North Dakotans who voted for me yesterday. My last seven months spent campaigning throughout our beautiful state allowed me to meet so many wonderful people -- both in person and through Facebook and Twitter -- and to learn so much. The experience of running for the office of North Dakota Attorney General has been broadening for me in ways too numerous to describe, and for this opportunity given to me by the Democratic-NPL Party, I am immensely grateful. And as I said last night, Wayne Stenehjem and I are the same age, and if Wayne runs for re-election in four years, and my party asks me to take him on again, I'll be more than willing to have that re-match. Again, all the best to my many supporters and friends--old and new--and thank you for making this run a life's experience for me.
Stenehjem Slow-Walking Access to Medical Marijuana Opposes the Will of North Dakota’s Voters
“My positions with respect to medical marijuana and Measure 3 could not be more different from those of Republican Attorney General Wayne Stenehjem,” Thompson said. “To be clear, I strongly support making medical marijuana widely available, just as 64 % of North Dakota’s voters mandated two years ago, while Attorney General Wayne Stenehjem has always opposed and worked to delay and restrict the availability of medical marijuana. As for Measure 3, North Dakota voters are intelligent, and on Measure 3, they are certainly aware of what they are voting for, and quite unlike Stenehjem, I will respect the will of the voters of this state.”
“Even though North Dakotans approved the use of medical marijuana in this state by a margin of 63.79% to 36.21% in the 2016 General Election, medical marijuana is still not available today, and with a burdensome mountain of laws in the form of statutes and administrative regulations to be addressed by those seeking treatment with medical marijuana, it is evident that comparatively few North Dakotans will even be able to obtain state certification to be able to legally possess and use medical marijuana,” Thompson said.
BISMARCK – Men in state government and on the U.S. Supreme Court crippled Native suffrage recently, but women are leading the fight to bring Native votes in record numbers to the polls.
Some women are offering rides on Election Day to Natives lacking transportation. Others are filming videos on social media trying to explain what Native people need to prepare for ahead of time. Secretary of State promises to handle address switches from a post office box to a physical address are failing as multiple sources have reported waiting for three weeks to hear back from a county 911 coordinator.
On October 9 the U.S. Supreme court voted 6 - 2 to disallow post office boxes as valid addresses to use while voting in North Dakota. All identification papers must have a physical address, which means many Native IDs are useless.
Robocall scam prompts misconduct allegation against AG
Due to a conflict of interest from large campaign donations from the Republican General Association – heavily supported by the telecommunication industry – Stenehjem has been willfully ignoring the prosecution of rising flood of robocall scams, Thompson said.
Robocalls have been “ravaging mobile and landline phone customers in record numbers this year,” Thompson said. Many robocalls use a scam called neighbor spoofing, which makes the caller ID resemble a local number.
970 WDAY On Demand: The Mike McFeely Show - Dr. Thomas Ambrosio, Trump, Kavanaugh, GOP, David Thompson, Jared Newgaard, Tony Mariotti, Fishing
The Mike McFeely Show from Wednesday, October 3, 2018. The show includes Dr. Thomas Ambrosio on Trump, Kavanaugh and the GOP, Candidate for North Dakota Attorney General David Thompson joins, Jared Newgaard on North Dakota fishing, Tony Mariotti on Minnesota fishing, listener phone calls, emails and more.
‘Passing North Dakota around like it’s a warm bottle of gin’
BISMARCK – Eight months after the state’s Attorney General joined Texas and 18 other states in a federal lawsuit attempting to declare the Affordable Care Act unconstitutional, a Bismarck attorney filed a lawsuit requesting the state withdraw.
Thomas Dickson of Dickson Law Office and five other petitioners filed a suit against current Attorney General Wayne Stenehjem arguing that the Texas should not speak for the sovereign state of North Dakota, and that Stenehjem is breaking state laws.
Lindeman’s latest court filing on Monday accuses the Attorney General’s Office of “vigorously pursuing a vindictive exercise” against her as a Republican critic of Republican Attorney General Wayne Stenehjem.
“Frankly, if they wanted more information, they could have brought Tore in to testify. We concluded that wasn’t the purpose of this,” her attorney David Clark Thompson of Grand Forks said Monday. “This was an extreme and highly abusive civil prosecution of Tore Lindeman as a retaliation for her writing critically about Stenehjem.”
Senator Heidi Heitkamp slammed Cramer’s support for a Texas-led lawsuit that North Dakota Attorney General Wayne Stenehjem has brought the state into as dangerous. The lawsuit against the United States by a total of 20 states seeks to completely repeal the Affordable Care Act saying since the law’s mandate is no longer valid, the entire law is unconstitutional.
ND Democrats highlight health care as campaign issue after Republican attacks against Affordable Care Act
Democrats have opened a multi-front defense of the law in recent weeks, urging Republican office-seekers to call off attacks that they warn would harm protections for pre-existing medical conditions. The effort appears to reflect a nationwide trend among Democrats running for office but is especially striking in a state that has consistently voted for candidates who oppose the health care law.
The debate carries perhaps the most weight in the U.S. Senate race, where Democratic Sen. Heidi Heitkamp and Republican Rep. Kevin Cramer came out on opposite sides of failed efforts to undo the Affordable Care Act last year. Heitkamp has called for reforming what she described as an imperfect law, while Cramer has backed so-called “repeal and replace” efforts.
North Dakota Democrats call on Stenehjem to drop from ACA lawsuit
BISMARCK—North Dakota Democrats on Tuesday, Aug. 7, called on Attorney General Wayne Stenehjem to withdraw from a 20-state lawsuit asking a Texas federal judge to declare the Affordable Care Act unconstitutional.
Mock said he's disappointed with North Dakota's involvement in the lawsuit after the state passed bipartisan Medicaid expansion in 2013.
U.S. Sen. Heidi Heitkamp, D-N.D., considers forming and establishing each new U.S. Farm Bill to be her top priority in the Senate.
The ideal bill, Heitkamp explained, will keep and further what already works. This includes crop insurance and sugar production programs. Heitkamp explained the Senate is seeking to enhance flexibility over placing requirements to be in the Supplemental Nutritional Assistance Program (SNAP).
AG candidate accuses U.S. Rep. Cramer of breaking campaign finance rules
FARGO — David C. Thompson, a Grand Forks Democrat running for state attorney general, has again taken aim at Rep. Kevin Cramer, R-N.D., accusing him of “corruption,” specifically improper reimbursements to himself with his Senate campaign funds.
Though Thompson isn’t running for Senate — Sen. Heidi Heitkamp, D-N.D., is — he said he’s long been concerned about money in politics and has made the issue central to his attorney general campaign.
Another voice of discontent came from attorney David C. Thompson, nominated by the Dem-NPL to run against incumbent Wayne Stenehjem for North Dakota Attorney General, the most powerful legal office in the state. Thompson is a long-term attorney with a Fargo and Grand Forks law firm.
He’s running against Stenehjem because he believes that Stenehjem, along with Congressman Kevin Cramer, and former Governor Jack Dalrymple, are guilty of Class C felony bribery stemming in part from a 2011 underhanded deal with Continental Resources oil magnate Harold Hamm.
“North Dakota lost revenue because of this,” Thompson said. “Oil and gas money leveraged that, Wayne Stenehjem knew, he was the legal adviser. We accused Governor Dalrymple of a Class C felony, and I do the same today in respecting Wayne Stenehjem. People say, 'What's the difference?' In this state, over the course of the last several years, we have had a level of corruption by oil and gas money that's unprecedented.
“If elected, not only will I not tolerate these practices, I will prosecute them,” Thompson said.
After his speech, he stepped down after a loud round of applause. He handed over a copy of the report he co-wrote with Erik A. Escarraman, which HPR will be looking into further.
“I’ve painted a target on my back, but that’s okay,” Thompson said.
North Dakota Democrats Tap Candidates for Top Offices
David Thompson, a trial lawyer from Grand Forks, was unopposed for the Democratic endorsement for the state's top law enforcement officer, a position Republican Wayne Stenehjem has held since 2000. Stenehjem is seeking a sixth term.
Thompson accused Stenehjem of being too friendly in regulating the state's energy industry. He vowed to review the industry's campaign contributions to the Industrial Commission.
By James MacPherson, Associated Press, March 16th, 2018
Incumbent Attorney General Wayne K. Stenehjem, now the longest serving attorney general in North Dakota’s history, was endorsed to run a sixth term against challenger David Thompson, an attorney, who believes that Stenehjem, Cramer, and others are guilty of Class C felony bribery stemming in part from a 2011 underhanded deal with Continental Resources oil magnate Harold Hamm.
“The Attorney General’s office is the people’s law firm and North Dakotans are the clients,” Thompson, the Democratic-NPL candidate for Attorney General, said. “North Dakotans deserve better than wondering where Wayne is when they need him to defend their voting rights and elections as well as their interests on the Industrial Commission. North Dakotans deserve an Attorney General who will always fight for them and not a 16-year incumbent who is nowhere to be seen when North Dakotans need him the most.”
ND Attorney General candidate David Thompson on healthcare lawsuit: "People are going to die"
David Thompson, the Dem-NPL endorsed candidate for North Dakota Attorney General, is calling out the current officeholder, Wayne Stenehjem, for trying to add the state of North Dakota to a bad healthcare lawsuit that would strip away pre-existing conditions protections for 300,000 North Dakotans.
Inside a lavish retreat where lobbyists donate for access to state attorneys general
State attorneys general, who are the top law enforcement officials in each state, have the final say on which cases to pursue or not. That power has not gone unnoticed by lobbyists. Rubbing shoulders with a state attorney general doesn't come cheap. To get an invite to a four-day retreat, lobbyists had to fork over $125,000. When we asked nine attorneys general we saw there if they attended, only three (Idaho, South Carolina and North Dakota) would confirm they went.
by Laura Strickler and Nancy Cordes, CBS This Morning, June 19th, 2018
Stenehjem defends retreat trip paid for by political fundraiser
A recent CBS News investigation of lavish retreats where businesses and trade groups pay to talk with state attorneys general revealed North Dakota’s top law enforcer recently attended one. Attorney General Wayne Stenehjem was at the retreat put on by the Republican Attorneys General Association, or RAGA, on Kiawah Island, S.C., in April. Thompson’s campaign put out a news release stating this was not a work trip for Stenehjem, but a vacation paid for by corporate lobbyists.
by Robin Huebner, Bismarck Tribune, June 20th, 2018
Once again, corruption charges were filed against current Congressman Kevin Cramer, who is running for the U.S. Senate. The complaint outlined three points: Cramer is giving himself a stipend to live and eat from campaign funds, he’s reimbursing himself for travel expenses from campaign contributions, and he has missed deadlines for reimbursements, but paid himself back anyway.
“You’re not allowed to use campaign funds for personal use,” Thompson said during a press conference.
ND Attorney General candidate David Thompson on official complaint against Congressman Kevin Cramer
Thompson has now filed an official complaint with the Federal Election Commission (FEC) against Congressman Cramer, who is running against Heidi Heitkamp for her seat in the U.S. Senate. In the complaint, Thompson names what he believes to be multiple violations of the Federal Election Campaign Act of 1971. From allegedly using campaign funds to reimburse personal expenses and misreporting of such expenditures, Thompson says the complaint was a long time coming.
Free meals, drinks questioned on audit of North Dakota state employees
Still bruised from two critical audits in February, the state Department of Trust Lands took another clubbing Tuesday in a broader performance audit that found employees crossed ethical lines by accepting free meals and drinks from investment firms managing state assets.
State audit critical of North Dakota’s Land Department
An audit of North Dakota’s Land Department has found scores of discrepancies with the agency’s practices, including ethical violations that included employees getting free meals and booze from contractors who manage state assets.
by James MacPherson, Associated Press, April 20th, 2016.
Unflattering audits of North Dakota’s Department of Trust Lands sparked heated words Thursday from state Land Commissioner Lance Gaebe,the lead auditor and a member of the legislative committee that ordered the audits, who told Gaebe, “I don’t accept the excuses.”
The state land commissioner defended the work of the North Dakota Department of Trust Lands during a legislative committee review of a performance audit that highlighted a series of errors in accounting practices and noncompliance with the department’s code of ethics.
by Nick Smith, Bismarck Tribune, April 22nd, 2016.