Conservative advocacy group's Fargo office vandalized

Someone spray painted anarchy symbols on the downtown Fargo office of Americans for Prosperity Thursday night, Nov. 28.. (April Baumgarten/The Forum)

FARGO — The office of a conservative-leaning advocacy group in downtown Fargo has been vandalized.

Anarchy symbols were spray-painted in red on the outside door and windows of the Americans for Prosperity North Dakota branch. There was also paint on the door lock.

It's unclear exactly when the exterior of the office was painted, but the organization believes it may have happened Thursday night, Nov. 28, Mike Fedorchak, state director for Americans for Prosperity, said Friday.

The office that has been at 17 Eighth St. S. for more than a year has been vandalized once before, Fedorchak said. Both times have been reported to police, he said, but a lack of evidence has made it difficult to find the perpetrator.

"Something like this, we just view it as a nuisance," he said. "We don't view it as a threat, or that it's going to impede our process or the things that we want to achieve for the state."


Fedorchak said he believes the person or group who painted the symbols on the office is confused about what his organization does. Americans for Prosperity, a national advocacy group created by businessmen David and Charles Koch, tends to support conservative values.

But Fedorchak said the group will work with anyone who wants to do good and not harm. The organization aims to provide opportunities and "break down barriers for everybody."

"I don't see how that ... gets an anarchist sign painted on our windows," he said.

April Baumgarten joined The Forum in February 2019 as an investigative reporter. She grew up on a ranch 10 miles southeast of Belfield, N.D., where her family raises Hereford cattle. She double majored in communications and history/political science at the University of Jamestown, N.D.
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