Monday, October 27, 2008
NDPC Investigates by Brett Narloch
Bismarck – More financial disclosure statements are being turned in to the state. According to Secretary of State’s Office, the National Education Association (NEA) contributed $300,000 to Partnership to Protect North Dakota’s Future – the group opposing Measures 1 & 2; the North Dakota Public Employees Association (NDPEA), $100,000; AARP, $50,000; the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees (AFSCME), $5,000.
The NDPC reported over the weekend that the NEA had given $100,000 to oppose the measures.
While Americans for Prosperity has been hit with the “out-of-state organization” label, somehow Partnership to Protect North Dakota’s Future has managed to elude that label despite the fact that $355,000 has come from outside of North Dakota.
The interest groups opposing the measures have dozens of paid lobbyists that put pressure on legislators during the legislative session. Measures 1 and 2 would take a substantial amount of money away from the budget which means a smaller slice of the pie for interest groups.
To date, Partnership to Protect North Dakota’s Future has zero individual donors who have contributed over $200.
Measure 1 would create a trust fund for oil tax revenue and Measure 2 would cut state personal income taxes by 50 percent and state corporate incomes taxes by 15 percent.