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Commentary: Thanks to paid petitioners, group behind ethics ballot measure to turn in signatures 3 weeks early

Dina Butcher, left, hands North Dakota Secretary of State Al Jaeger a proposed petition for a ballot measure to add anti-corruption policies to the state constitution Wednesday, Jan. 31, 2018 at the state Capitol in Bismarck. John Hageman / Forum News Service

The North Dakotans for Public Integrity – a local front group for a national left wing organization called – says they’ll be submitting “well over the required 26,904 petition signatures” to put a constitutional amendment on the statewide ballot which would create a state ethics committee.

That’s according to an email they sent out today to supporters which you can read below. They plan to submit the signatures on June 18, which would put them about three weeks ahead of the deadline to make the November ballot.

Of course, it’s easy to gather that many signatures that quickly when you’re paying people to collect signatures with a giant pot of out of state money.

The supposedly local group has touted itself as bipartisan, but a quick look at the financial details they’ve disclosed to the North Dakota Secretary of State’s office shows a ton of money from left wing groups and almost exclusive support from out of state.