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 "American Tradition Partnership":

"… work contributed $50,000 to another conservative social welfare nonprofit: American Tradition Partnership. American Tradition Partnership — previously known as Western Tradition …"

"… er conservative social welfare nonprofit: American Tradition Partnership. American Tradition Partnership — previously known as Western Tradition Partnership — describes itself …"

"… ding to allegations that it engaged in illegal electioneering activities. American Tradition Partnership, which has denied any wrongdoing, also gained notoriety after successfully …"

"… agnates. Social welfare nonprofits such as the Montana Growth Network and American Tradition Partnership aren’t legally required to publicly disclosure their donors. But grants …"

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 "Wells Fargo":

"… was made out to a company called “Direct Mail,” and deposited into the Wells Fargo bank account of ATP.In November, Kennedy told the Associated Press that he …"

'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 "Koch":

"… ions with national tea party groups funded by the conservative billionaire Koch brothers.This election, ATP has vowed to keep Attorney General Steve Bullo …"

"… for wind power and natural gas-fueled vehicles. The letters were signed by Koch-funded groups including Americans for Prosperity and tea party boosters Fr …"

"… the American Tradition Institute, which works in tandem with a network of Koch-funded think tanks  to oppose wind energy and dispute the reality of …"

"… e energy usage and targeted climate scientists in academia.The libertarian Koch brothers, Charles and David, have become better known in recent years with …"

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 "American Tradition Partnership":

"… mental extremism" — sued the state. The group, which changed its name to American Tradition Partnership in 2011, argued that Citizens United made the Montana ban on corporate spe …"

"… ngs are a long-time gone to their tombs.”Spending floods Montana electionAmerican Tradition Partnership garnered the support of Terre Haute, Ind.-based lawyer James Bopp, who has …"

"… ourt’s decision, Montanans voted in the state’s June 5 primary — and American Tradition Partnership played a major role.The group claimed victory, announcing two days after t …"

"… ar, but its filings with the state show no trace of spending as of June 25.American Tradition Partnership has operated under growing scrutiny since its emergence in 2008. The group …"