Port: Here’s how Doug Burgum’s gift card scheme could backfire on him


MINOT — Jordan Libowitz, communications director for Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics, described Gov. Doug Burgum’s gift cards gambit as the “single thirstiest thing” he’s seen in politics.

And, yeah. That about sums it up. It’s mercenary and cynical and shameless, too.

The GOP made a rule requiring candidates to have at least 40,000 individual donors supporting their campaign in order to qualify for the party’s presidential debate in August. The idea was to filter the candidates so that only those with an authentic base of popular support make the stage.

Burgum is gaming the rules, inspiring donations not out of support for the candidate, but a desire to turn $1 into $20.

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