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Published August 13, 2012, 08:13 PM

Crabtree Accuses Public Service Commissioners of Bribery

An Ashley, North Dakota man running for Public Service Commissioner is accusing current commissioners Kevin Cramer and Brian Kalk of bribery.

By: Stacie Van Dyke, WDAZ

An Ashley, North Dakota man running for Public Service Commissioner is accusing current commissioners Kevin Cramer and Brian Kalk of bribery.

At a news conference today Brad Crabtree accused both Kalk and Cramer of taking more than 80 thousand dollars in political money from interests they regulate. After calling the contributions 'unethical' and 'possibly illegal' in an opinion article published last Wednesday in the Grand Forks Herald Crabtree was accused in a counter-article of doing the same thing during his campaign. Crabtree has denied the accusations that any of his donations could be considered bribery.

The public service commission is fighting to keep its regulatory duties of the state's coal mining industry because of the federal lawsuit claiming Cramer and Kalk accepted improper campaign funds.

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