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 "Center for Public Integrity":

"… ised more than $900,000 in 2012, according to a tax filing obtained by the Center for Public Integrity. Five unnamed donors accounted for 70 percent of the Montana Growth Netwo …"

"… and a trial has been set for later this summer. In an interview with the Center for Public Integrity, Priest lambasted the state’s political practices commission as a “kan …"

"… a district judge widely viewed as the most conservative candidate, as the Center for Public Integrity previously reported. After McKinnon and attorney Ed Sheehy advanced to th …"

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 "House of Representatives":

"… Bonogofsky, a Republican who has run unsuccessfully for Montana’s state House of Representatives three times.During her 2008 run, Bonogofsky was puzzled by a call from for …"

'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 "FreedomWorks":

"… ch-funded groups including Americans for Prosperity and tea party boosters FreedomWorks, Club for Growth and Art Pope’s John Locke Foundation.In its 2008 applic …"

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 Furniture Warehouse":

"… white tiger in his lap.“Look over there, it’s that Jake Jabs guy from American Furniture Warehouse commercials!”Jabs, 81, owns Colorado’s largest furniture chain and is …"

"… ot give them funds," wrote Charlie Shaulis, director of communications for American Furniture Warehouse, Jabs' company, in an email to I-News Network in Colorado.Dalton wrote a l …"

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 "attorney general":

"… Montana ban on corporate spending unconstitutional.Bullock, the state’s attorney general, did not agree, nor did the state’s Commission of Political Practices, w …"