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Published May 05, 2011, 09:17 AM

Heitkamp: Judge Nominee Got No Compensation

A former North Dakota attorney general and governor candidate says a man confirmed by the U.S. Senate as a federal judge in Rhode Island didn't profit from his work as a special North Dakota assistant in a lawsuit against the tobacco industry.

By: Associated Press,

FARGO, N.D. (AP) — A former North Dakota attorney general and governor candidate says a man confirmed by the U.S. Senate as a federal judge in Rhode Island didn't profit from his work as a special North Dakota assistant in a lawsuit against the tobacco industry.

Texas Sen. John Cornyn said John McConnell made contributions to Heidi Heitkamp and her party during the Democrat's 2000 race for governor after Heitkamp appointed McConnell as a special assistant. Cornyn said there's nothing wrong with political contributions as long as they aren't made "in connection with no-bid contracts or apparent political favors."

The Forum reports that Heitkamp has documents showing that McConnell was not to receive any compensation for his work. She said questions about the matter raised during Senate debate over McConnell's confirmation were "absolutely ridiculous."

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