Montana state senators raise big bucks with secretive nonprofit

By Michael Beckel

Secretive group connected to GOP state Sens. Jason Priest and Ed Walker raised $900,000 in 2012, new documents show.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission":

"… ly suing Montana to force the state to abide by the U.S. Supreme Court’s Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission ruling, which allowed corporations, unions and special interest groups to …"

After big U.S. Supreme Court win, Montana nonprofit suffers string of losses

By Paul Abowd

Democrat Steve Bullock's gubernatorial win a low point for litigious conservative group.

Excerpts from this story referencing "ProPublica":

"… s a separate operation from ATP. He told the investigative reporting group ProPublica that they have “scrupulously endeavored” to avoid illegal coordination …"

'Right-to-work' group gave Montana nonprofit $300,000

By Paul Abowd

Secretive nonprofit received $300,000 donation from anti-union group.

Excerpts from this story referencing "American Tradition Partnership":

"… a Colorado furniture executive, an Internal Revenue Service document shows.American Tradition Partnership, a pro-energy group known for successfully suing Montana to force it to ab …"

Obscure nonprofit threatens campaign finance limits beyond Montana

By Paul Abowd

Obscure nonprofit threatens campaign finance limits beyond Montana

Excerpts from this story referencing "American Tradition Partnership":

"… contributed to this report.  …"

"… according to the report.‘We won’t be shut up, or shut down’In 2008, American Tradition Partnership flooded the state with mailers attacking ten state legislators, but report …"

Furniture king a celebrity in Colorado

By Alexandra Duszak

Jake Jabs a major political donor in addition to star of well-known commercials.

Excerpts from this story referencing "American Tradition Partnership":

"… the Internal Revenue Service shows Jabs pledged $300,000 in seed money to American Tradition Partnership. ATP is a secretive pro-energy nonprofit that’s taken the state of Monta …"

Supreme Court rejects Montana's election spending law

By Paul Abowd and Amy Myers

Citizens United decision has major impact on elections in nearly half of states.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Montana":

"… ions in 24 states.Most states bowed to the original high court ruling, but Montana’s Supreme Court backed its own century-old law banning such expenditures …"

"… Supreme Court.On Monday, the nation’s highest court hit back, reversing Montana’s law in a 5-4 vote, sending a clear message to the 23 other states that …"

"… nted in this case is whether the holding of Citizens United applies to the Montana state law. There can be no serious doubt that it does,” the court said i …"

"… ned flow of corporate dollars, according to the Corporate Reform Coalition.Montana’s court ruled that a history of corruption gave the state a compelling i …"