After the FRONTLINE documentary that uncovered potentially illegal collusion between a secretive right-wing group and Republican candidates, the attorney for that organization announced that he is leaving his position at the Doney, Crowley, Payne and Bloomquist firm.
Jim Brown, the Attorney for American Traditions Partnership (formerly Western Traditions Partnership or WTP) sent out an email Friday, Nov 9, saying he is leaving the firm effectively immediately. Brown wrote that he will be starting his own law firm and “going into the business of political consulting” but will “continue doing association management work” (otherwise known as lobbying.)
Brown writes that he can now be reached at his new email address: email@example.com
Under state law, third party groups like American Tradition Partnership which spend masses of unregulated, unreported money, are legally barred from coordinating with candidates. But several legislative candidates and the ATP have been caught red handed, working together, in apparent violation of the law.
The FRONTLINE documentary revealed that a secret stash of incriminating documents has been found, showing extensive communications between Republican legislative candidates and the ATP, and showing that the ATP was even preparing campaign material for them.
When asked what ATP was doing with these documents on FRONTLINE (transcript), Brown said:
The answer is, is that I’ve never seen this material before. I don’t know if this was found in WTP materials. I’m not going to comment because I haven’t reviewed any of that material. I mean, I’m not going to, you know, have materials sent— you know, given to me on surprise and then asked to comment on them. I don’t know what they show or what they don’t show. I’m literally not going to comment on that. You can rely on your other sources for those.
Brown’s entire email can be read here:
I am pleased to announce that I started my own law practice, the James Brown Law Firm, PLLC. In addition, I will continue doing association management work, but will be going into the business of political consulting.
If you are associated with me because of my work for the Montana Wool Growers and the Montana Independent Bankers, please take particular note of this contact information change.
Consequently, please take note that my contact information will change. After November 9th, please direct your calls, emails, and correspondence to the following:
My new office will be located at 32 South Ewing Street, Suite 324, Helena, Montana, 59601.
I am excited about this new venture, and I look forward to continuing our working relationship after my big move. Please let me know if you have any questions, and I wish you the best.
James E. Brown
Remember: break a deal, spin the wheel
James E. Brown, LL.M.
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