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 "American Tradition Partnership":

"… ana’s campaign finance laws has had a rough go of it lately.In November, American Tradition Partnership failed to sink Democrat Steve Bullock’s bid for governor despite plaster …"

'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 "Virginia":

"… do city of Longmont in 2009 before he won public office.A third nonprofit, Virginia-based Conservative Action League gave $40,000 to ATP, and has given smalle …"

Obscure nonprofit threatens campaign finance limits beyond Montana

By Paul Abowd

Obscure nonprofit threatens campaign finance limits beyond Montana

Excerpts from this story referencing "spokeswoman":

"… to IRS records obtained by the Center for Public Integrity.Jabs, through a spokeswoman, on Monday said he did not make a donation and has "never heard …"

"… sp;7:00 p.m.): This story was updated to reflect that Jabs, through a spokeswoman, denied making a contribution to ATP.John Dunbar contributed to this repor …"

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 …"