Editorial Boards Oppose Measure 1

150 150 No on Measure 1

Contact: Geoff Simon, 701-527-1832

For Immediate Release: October 17, 2018

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 Editorial Boards Oppose Measure 1

The Forum of Fargo-Moorhead, Grand Forks Herald, The Jamestown Sun, West Fargo Pioneer and The Dickinson Press Urge Readers to Vote No on Measure 1. 

 (Bismarck, ND) – Four of the largest newspapers in the state of North Dakota announced their opposition to Measure 1 this past weekend.

 In an effort to inform their readers of the Measure’s dangerous implications to free speech, all Forum Communications papers in North Dakota urge their readers to vote NO on Measure 1.

 “We welcome the Forum’s editorial board taking such a careful look and scrutinizing the flaws in Measure 1. The willingness of Forum management and the Editorial Board to oppose this fatally flawed measure is commendable and we are proud they stand with NDSG in opposition to Measure 1.” says GNDC President & CEO Arik Spencer. 

The Forum management and Editorial Board’s announcement comes as North Dakotans for Sound Government (NDSG) continues to see a rise in Measure 1 opposition from a wide array of North Dakota businesses and organizations.

Geoff Simon, Chairman of NDSG echoed this fact, stating, “The misinformation campaign by proponents of Measure 1 is not fooling North Dakotans.  As the Forum says, ‘the devil lurks in the details.’ North Dakotans have clear concerns about this fatally flawed measure and we won’t be misled by buzzwords and false claims.” 

To read The Forum of Fargo-Moorhead’s full editorial, click HERE.

About North Dakotans for Sound Government (NDSG)

The NDSG coalition represents a broad array of North Dakota organizations who publicly oppose Measure 1 as it represents a serious threat by outside special interests to take control of the North Dakota constitution and the rights and privileges accorded ALL North Dakotans. NDSG has generated considerable support and enthusiasm from all sectors of the state, with new members joining weekly. These organizations include, but are not limited to:

 Greater North Dakota Chamber of Commerce; Western Dakota Energy Association; Independent Community Banks of North Dakota; Great River Energy; North Dakota Association of Rural Electric Cooperatives; Minnkota Power Cooperative; Credit Union Association of North Dakota; Bismarck/Mandan Chamber of Commerce; Lignite Energy Council; Fargo/Moorhead/West Fargo Chamber of Commerce; Associated General Contractors of North Dakota; MDU Resources Group, Inc; North Dakota Family Policy Alliance; Grand Forks-East Grand Forks Chamber of Commerce; North Dakota Retail Association; North Dakota Bankers Association; Minot Chamber of Commerce; ALLETE/Minnesota Power; BNI Energy; North Dakota Petroleum Marketers Association; Utility Shareholders of North Dakota; Basin Electric Power Cooperative; Xcel Energy; North Dakota Ethanol Producers; OtterTail Power Company; Williston Chamber of Commerce; North Dakota Petroleum Council; North Dakota Chiropractic Association.

 Vote NO on Measure 1. Keep OUR North Dakota.

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North Dakota Farm Bureau Announces Opposition to Measure 1

150 150 No on Measure 1

Contact: Geoff Simon
701-527-1832
For Immediate Release: October 12, 2018

North Dakota Farm Bureau Announces Opposition to Measure 1

(Bismarck, ND) – North Dakotans for Sound Government announced today the North Dakota Farm Bureau publicly opposes Measure 1.

“The North Dakota Farm Bureau opposes Measure 1. Proponents of this carelessly written constitutional measure are not telling the truth to our farmers and ranchers about the Measure.” Darryl Lies, President, North Dakota Farm Bureau.

“We welcome the North Dakota Farm Bureau and their opposition to Measure 1. Their leadership in opposition to this measure speaks volumes about this reckless attempt to misinform North Dakota voters.” says GNDC President & CEO Arik Spencer

To this end, North Dakotans for Sound Government highlights four of the many false claims made by the proponents of Measure 1:

FALSE CLAIM: North Dakota does not have an ethics commission.
TRUTH: North Dakota has an ethics committee appointed by the legislature every two years and an elected Auditor. N.D.C.C 54-35-02.8

FALSE CLAIM: Measure 1 will ban foreign contributions in North Dakota.
TRUTH: Foreign contributions have been banned in North Dakota since 1972. 52 U.S.C Sec. 30121 and N.D.C.C.16.1-08.1-03.15

FALSE CLAIM: North Dakota elected officials can use campaign money for their personal use.
TRUTH: North Dakota law prohibits personal use of any campaign contributions. N.D.C.C. 16.1-08.1-02.3

FALSE CLAIM: Measure 1 will protect free speech.
TRUTH: Measure 1 overrides the entire North Dakota constitution, including free speech. Initiated Measure 1, sec. 4, article 3

Paid for By North Dakotans for Sound Government, Geoff Simon, Chairman

Geoff Simon, Chairman of NDSG said, “The people of North Dakota are making an informed choice based on readily available facts and truths. We are rejecting poll tested buzzwords intended to mislead us into falling for their false claims.”

About North Dakotans for Sound Government (NDSG)
The NDSG coalition represents a broad array of North Dakota organizations who publicly oppose Measure 1 as it represents a serious threat by outside special interests to take control of the North Dakota constitution and the rights and privileges accorded ALL North Dakotans. NDSG has generated considerable support and enthusiasm from all sectors of the state, with new members joining weekly. These organizations include, but are not limited to:

Greater North Dakota Chamber of Commerce; Western Dakota Energy Association; Independent Community Banks of North Dakota; Great River Energy; Minnkota Power Cooperative; Credit Union Association of North Dakota; Bismarck/Mandan Chamber of Commerce; Lignite Energy Council; Fargo/Moorhead/West Fargo Chamber of Commerce; Associated General Contractors of North Dakota; MDU Resources Group, Inc; North Dakota Family Policy Alliance; Grand Forks-East Grand Forks Chamber of Commerce; North Dakota Retail Association; North Dakota Bankers Association; Minot Chamber of Commerce; ALLETE/Minnesota Power; BNI Energy; North Dakota Petroleum Marketers Association; Utility Shareholders of North Dakota; Basin Electric Power Cooperative; Xcel Energy; North Dakota Ethanol Producers; North Dakota Chapter of the American Institute of Architects; OtterTail Power Company; Williston Chamber of Commerce; North Dakota Petroleum Council; North Dakota Chiropractic Association.

Vote NO on Measure 1. Keep OUR North Dakota.

North Dakotans for Sound Government Announces Additional Opposition to Measure 1

150 150 No on Measure 1

Contact: Geoff Simon
701-527-1832
For Immediate Release: October 10, 2018

North Dakotans for Sound Government Announces Additional Opposition to Measure 1

(Bismarck, ND) – North Dakotans for Sound Government again gained significant support from additional North Dakota organizations who now publicly Oppose Measure 1.

“I oppose Measure 1. North Dakotans should be offended by the out of state special interests pushing this measure. It is a redundant waste of North Dakota taxpayer money. As our State Auditor, elected by the citizens of North Dakota, it is my job and the responsibility of the Auditors office to investigate and root out fraud, corruption and ensure transparency in our government. Creating another branch of government is wasteful.” said State Auditor Josh Gallion.

In addition to Auditor Gallion, the following North Dakota organizations announced their opposition to Measure 1:

Ø MDU Resources Group, Inc.
Ø North Dakota Family Policy Alliance
Ø Williston Chamber of Commerce
Ø Concerned Women for America North Dakota Ø North Dakota Chiropractic Association

“Opposition to Measure 1 is coming from every corner and every sector of North Dakota and continues to grow. These employers, taxpayers and individuals understand the danger to our state brought by this carelessly written measure.” says GNDC President & CEO Arik Spencer

Geoff Simon, Chairman of NDSG said, “Measure 1 is a solution in search of a problem and it is shameful how proponents are misrepresenting what the Measure will actually do. We have a statewide elected official, and this is his job. We have a legislature which creates a bipartisan Ethics Committee every two years. Measure 1 is a sham.”

About North Dakotans for Sound Government (NDSG)

Paid for By North Dakotans for Sound Government, Geoff Simon, Chairman

The NDSG coalition represents a broad array of North Dakota organizations who publicly oppose Measure 1 as it represents a serious threat by outside special interests to take control of the North Dakota constitution and the rights and privileges accorded ALL North Dakotans. NDSG has generated considerable support and enthusiasm from all sectors of the state, with new members joining weekly. These organizations include, but are not limited to:

Greater North Dakota Chamber of Commerce; Western Dakota Energy Association; Independent Community Banks of North Dakota; Great River Energy; Minnkota Power Cooperative; Credit Union Association of North Dakota; Bismarck/Mandan Chamber of Commerce; Lignite Energy Council; Fargo/Moorhead/West Fargo Chamber of Commerce; Associated General Contractors of North Dakota; MDU Resources Group, Inc; North Dakota Family Policy Alliance; Grand Forks-East Grand Forks Chamber of Commerce; North Dakota Retail Association; North Dakota Bankers Association; Minot Chamber of Commerce; ALLETE/Minnesota Power; BNI Energy; North Dakota Petroleum Marketers Association; Utility Shareholders of North Dakota; Basin Electric Power Cooperative; Xcel Energy; North Dakota Ethanol Producers; OtterTail Power Company; Williston Chamber of Commerce; North Dakota Petroleum Council; North Dakota Chiropractic Association.

Vote NO on Measure 1. Keep OUR North Dakota.

North Dakotans for Sound Government Broadens Opposition to Measure 1

150 150 No on Measure 1

Contact: Geoff Simon 701-527-1832 For Immediate Release: October 5, 2018

North Dakotans for Sound Government Broadens Opposition to Measure 1

(Bismarck, ND) – North Dakotans for Sound Government gained significant support this week from additional North Dakota organizations who now publicly Oppose Measure 1.

➢ Fargo Moorhead West Fargo Chamber of Commerce ➢ Grand Forks – East Grand Forks Chamber of Commerce ➢ Minot Chamber of Commerce ➢ North Dakota Ethanol Producers

“We welcome support from these great North Dakota organizations and the thousands of employees they represent. Their support is a prime example of the widespread enthusiasm NDSG is generating throughout the state, across all industries, in opposition to Measure 1,” says GNDC President & CEO Arik Spencer

In addition, North Dakotans for Sound Government applauds the North Dakota Catholic Conference announcing their opposition to Measure 1.

“The Catholic Church believes that ethics and integrity should be the hallmark of the political process. Measure 1 is not about whether someone supports more integrity and ethics in government. It is about the actual language of the measure. It is poorly written and unnecessarily threatens the work of churches, charities, and social service agencies,“ said Christopher Dodson, Executive Director and General Counsel of the North Dakota Catholic Conference.

ACLU North Dakota Executive Director Heather Smith echoed, “This measure isn’t just about lobbyists and lawmakers. It’s about activists like you and me. Though it’s being promoted as an ethics and anti-corruption amendment, Measure 1 is actually so poorly written that it would institute a host of new restrictions and regulations on political speech and advocacy that would violate the First Amendment rights of all North Dakotans. When it comes to the political process, we all have a right to be heard. Measure 1 poses a significant threat to that.”

Paid for By North Dakotans for Sound Government, Geoff Simon, Chairman

Geoff Simon, Chairman of NDSG, noted the courageous stand of both the North Dakota Catholic Conference and ACLU North Dakota. “When these two North Dakota organizations independently oppose a ballot measure, you know the Measure is fatally flawed.”

About North Dakotans for Sound Government (NDSG) The NDSG coalition represents a broad array of North Dakota organizations who publicly oppose Measure 1 as it represents a serious threat by outside special interests to take control of the North Dakota constitution and the rights and privileges accorded ALL North Dakotans. NDSG has generated considerable support and enthusiasm from all sectors of the state, with new members joining weekly. These organizations include, but are not limited to:

Greater North Dakota Chamber of Commerce; Western Dakota Energy Association; Independent Community Bankers of North Dakota; Great River Energy; Minnkota Power Cooperative; Credit Union Association of North Dakota; Bismarck/Mandan Chamber of Commerce; Lignite Energy Council; Fargo/Moorhead/West Fargo Chamber of Commerce; Associated General Contractors of North Dakota; Grand Forks-East Grand Forks Chamber of Commerce; North Dakota Retail Association; Minot Chamber of Commerce; ALLETE/Minnesota Power; North Dakota Petroleum Marketers Association; Utility Shareholders of North Dakota; Basin Electric Power Cooperative; Xcel Energy; North Dakota Ethanol Producers; OtterTail Power Company; North Dakota Petroleum Council; North Dakota Chiropractic Association.

Vote NO on Measure 1. Keep OUR North Dakota.

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Paid for By North Dakotans for Sound Government, Geoff Simon, Chairman

Catholic Conference Opposes Measure 1

150 150 No on Measure 1

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Contact: Christopher Dodson, Executive Director

Date: October 4, 2018

Catholic Conference Opposes Measure 1

Bismarck, North Dakota – The North Dakota Catholic Conference announced today its

opposition to Measure 1, calling it a threat to churches, charitable organizations, and social

service agencies.

It a statement describing its position, Christopher Dodson, executive director and general

counsel for the conference, said, “Though well-intentioned, Measure 1 would force churches

and charities to turn over the privacy of every contributor as the ‘price’ to pay for civil

engagement.”

Churches and charities do not support or oppose political candidates. Nor do they make

contributions to public officials. They do, however, speak out public issues and partner with state

agencies to serve the public.

“The Catholic Church believes that ethics and integrity should be the hallmark of the political

process,” said Dodson. “Measure 1, however, is not about whether someone supports more

integrity and ethics in government. It is about the actual language of the measure.” Dodson

added.

Dodson listed several “sweeping consequences” of Measure 1.

Measure 1, he said, requires churches and charities to disclose the name of every contributor,

even if only a small fraction of the organization’s budget was used to “influence government

action” or to speak out on a ballot measure. “Anonymous donations would no longer be

allowed,” Dodson said.

“Social service agencies,” said Dodson, “would have to disclose the name of every contributor

as the ‘admission fee’ for partnering with state agencies to provide important social services like

health care, foster care, guardianship, and sheltering victims of domestic violence.”

The North Dakota Catholic Conference is also concerned that the measure creates several tools

that people could use to harass churches, charities, and their members. One of these tools is a

new right to sue that bypasses state law.

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Keywords: North Dakota Catholic Conference, Catholic, Measure 1, religion, ethics, Christopher Dodson

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North Dakota Catholic Conference

cdodson@ndcatholic.org

Mobile: 701-269-2644

The North Dakota Catholic Conference represents the Dioceses of Bismarck and Fargo on public policy matters.

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ACLU OF NORTH DAKOTA OPPOSES MEASURE 1

150 150 No on Measure 1

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Sept. 25, 2018

CONTACT: Janna Farley, 605-366-7732 or jfarley@aclu.org

ACLU OF NORTH DAKOTA OPPOSES MEASURE 1

Constitutional mandate has potential to violate First Amendment rights of all North Dakotans

The American Civil Liberties Union of North Dakota is adding its name to the list of organizations opposed to Measure 1, the ethics commission, foreign political contribution ban, and conflicts of interest initiative that will be on the ballot in November.

Though it’s being promoted as an “anti-corruption amendment,” Measure 1 is actually so poorly written that it would institute a host of new restrictions and regulations on political speech and advocacy that would violate the First Amendment rights of all citizens.

“While North Dakotans have a right to know who is spending money to influence elections and government, this measure isn’t just about lobbyists and lawmakers,” said Heather Smith, executive director of the ACLU of North Dakota. “It’s about all the people of North Dakota and our First Amendment rights. When it comes to the political process, we all have a right to be heard, and this measure jeopardizes that.”

Section 1 of the measure is particularly concerning. It directs the legislature to institute laws requiring the “disclosure of the ultimate and true source of funds spent in any medium, in an amount greater than two hundred dollars, adjusted for inflation, to influence any statewide election, election for the legislative assembly, statewide ballot-issue election, or to lobby or otherwise influence state government action.”

There is no exception to this reporting requirement for individuals spending their own money to express their personal point of view on a given campaign or piece of public policy. That leaves a constitutional mandate so broad that if a private citizen wants to travel to Bismarck to testify on a bill, they’d have to disclose any money spent on fuel, meals and lodging over $200. There’s also no exemption for the media. Talk radio hosts, newspaper columnists or bloggers who influence politics and policy with their reporting and analysis would likely be subject to these regulations, too.

“As citizens, we have an obligation to become informed about public issues, to watch how our political leaders and representatives use their powers and to express our own opinions and interests. Measure 1 has the potential to limit this,” Smith says. “We must be free express our views and preferences and work to see that government responds to citizen views, thus holding those in government accountable,” Smith said. “Our First Amendment Rights are too important to let this constitutional mandate pass.”

About the ACLU of North Dakota

The American Civil Liberties Union of North Dakota is a non-partisan organization dedicated to the preservation and enhancement of civil liberties and civil rights. The ACLU believes freedoms of press, speech, assembly, and religion, and the rights to due process, equal protection, and privacy are fundamental to a free people. In addition, the ACLU seeks to advance constitutional protections for groups traditionally denied their rights, including people of color, women, and the LGBT communities. The ACLU of North Dakota carries out its work through selective litigation, lobbying at the state and local level, and through public education and awareness of what the Bill of Rights means for people of North Dakota.

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North Dakotans for Sound Government is Established to Oppose Measure 1

1024 683 No on Measure 1

(Bismarck, ND) – North Dakotans for Sound Government, a coalition of concerned organizations, has been formed to oppose passage of Measure 1, and educate North Dakota voters on the negative impact of the constitutional measure.

North Dakotans for Sound Government opposes Measure 1 for the following reasons:

  1. The Measure is carelessly written by elite out of state interests
  2. The Measure creates an unaccountable new branch of government which will costtaxpayers millions
  3. The Measure would override every other article of our North Dakota Constitution

“We encourage all North Dakotans to read this measure for themselves and not be hoodwinked by misleading buzzwords.” Said Geoff Simon, Chairman of NDSG and Executive Director of Western Dakota Energy Association.

“We’ve carefully studied Measure 1. We believe the measure, an amendment to our Constitution, is fatally flawed,” says GNDC President & CEO Arik Spencer.

The NDSG coalition represents a broad array of North Dakota organizations who publicly oppose Measure 1 as it represents a serious threat by outside special interests to take control of the North Dakota constitution and the rights and privileges accorded ALL North Dakotans. NDSG has generated considerable support and enthusiasm from all sectors of the state, with new members joining weekly. These organizations include, but are not limited to:

Greater North Dakota Chamber of Commerce; Western Dakota Energy Association (formerly ND Association of Oil & Gas Producing Counties); Bismarck/Mandan Chamber of Commerce; North Dakota Retail Association; Independent Community Bankers of North Dakota; Minnkota Power Cooperative; Associated General Contractors of North Dakota; Great River Energy; Credit Union Association of North Dakota; North Dakota Petroleum Marketers; Utility Shareholders of North Dakota; North Dakota Petroleum Council; Lignite Energy Council; Basin Electric Power Cooperative; Xcel Energy.

Vote NO on Measure 1. Keep OUR North Dakota.

 

Contact: Geoff Simon 701-527-1832

For Immediate Release: September 25, 2018