Cramer Disclaimed Interest in Running for Re-Election to the Commission, Accepted Re-Election After Convention Loss.
According to Associated Press Candidate Biographies, “During his 2010 House race, Cramer disclaimed any interest in running for re-election to the commission. After his convention loss to Berg, however, Cramer accepted the delegates’ re-election endorsement,and won 61 percent of the vote that fall against Democrat Brad Crabtree.” [Associated PressCandidate Biographies, 7/14/12]
Cramer Running for House of Representatives Seat for Fourth Time.
According to AssociatedPress Candidate Biographies, “This year, with an open U.S. House seat _ Berg decided to run for theU.S. Senate _ Cramer declared in January 2012 he would bypass the regular GOP conventionendorsement process and run in the Republican primary in June.” [Associated Press CandidateBiographies, 7/14/12]
Cramer Not Endorsed by the Republican Party.
According to Bismarck Tribune, “The Houserace also features a contested Republican race. Brian Kalk, who has the Republican Party’sendorsement, is running against Kevin Cramer.” [Bismarck Tribune, 6/10/12]
Cramer Opted to Run Outside the Convention System, a Rare Move in NorthDakota.
According to Say Anything Blog, “The North Dakota Republican Party and itsleaders support Public Service Commissioner Brian Kalk, who received the party s officialendorsement at the state convention earlier this year. Cramer opted to run outside theconvention system an infrequent move in North Dakota and challenge Kalk in the June 12primary.” [Say Anything Blog, 5/17/12]
Took Contributions from Companies He Currently Regulates
Cramer Currently Serves on North Dakota Public Service Commission (PSC) to RegulateElectric and Gas Utilities, Coal Mining, and Land Reclamation.
According to Associated PressCandidate Biographies, “In August 2003, five years after his last House race, Cramer was appointedto the North Dakota Public Service Commission, a three-person panel that regulates electric and gasutilities, coal mining and land reclamation, pipeline and wind turbine placement, grain elevators andauctioneers. […] He was elected to a full six-year term in 2004 and re-elected in 2010.” [AssociatedPress Candidate Biographies, 7/14/12]
Cramer Took Campaign Contributions from Company with Application Pending BeforePSC.
According to Bismarck Tribune, “The question about campaign contributions was raised by members of the Sierra Club in relation to a proposed coal mine near South Heart. Cramer and Kalk received more than $5,000 each over the last three or four years from officials of Great NorthernPower Development’s parent company. South Heart Coal is a subsidiary of GNPD, and has anapplication pending before the PSC.” [Bismarck Tribune, 6/29/12]
Two Environmental Groups are Alleging Cramer Violated Federal Law by AcceptingDonations from Oil and Coal Companies.
According to SNL Coal Report, “Two environmentalgroups filed a citizen suit May 30 under the Surface Mining Control and Reclamation Act to compelInterior Secretary Ken Salazar to withdraw approval of North Dakota’s surface mining program infavor of direct federal enforcement. The Dacotah Chapter of Sierra Club and the Dakota ResourceCouncil filed the suit in the U.S. Court for the District of North Dakota. […] According to theplaintiffs, all three members of the PSC have accepted large financial contributions from regulatedcoal companies in violation of the SMCRA. Two - Kevin Cramer and Brian Kalk - have allegedly