- Associated Press - Wednesday, February 4, 2015

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) - A national conservative watchdog group has sued the State Bar Association of North Dakota on behalf of a Bismarck attorney.

The Bismarck Tribune reports (http://bit.ly/1I0A0NA ) the issue is whether the state bar can spend member dues on political speech.

Attorney Arnold Fleck turned to the Goldwater Institute after he discovered the bar had donated $50,000 to an advocacy group that supported a ballot measure last year that Fleck opposed.

Goldwater Institute attorneys are asking a federal judge to either prevent the bar from collecting dues until it adopts safeguards or declare that bar membership isn’t mandatory for attorneys to practice in North Dakota.

Bar President Jack McDonald says the existing bar procedure to refund the portion of an objecting member’s dues that was used is an adequate safeguard.

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Information from: Bismarck Tribune, http://www.bismarcktribune.com

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