Big Timber, Big Money

Big Timber citizens have a reason to be particularly concerned about dark money groups like American Tradition Partnership.

The state leader for ATP, Doug Lair, resides in Sweet Grass County.  County Commissioner Bob Faw is even a major donor to the group.

For some reason, ATP is operating in Big Timber under a different name: Sweetgrass Citizens for Constitutional Integrity.  At the innocuosly named website sweetgrassroots.org, folks are told that they can:

 

“Help maintain the integrity of Big Timber by making a generous contribution to SGCCI here. Note- contribution receipts will appear from American Tradition Partnership.”

 

The ATP/Sweetgrass Citizens website is really something to see.  On it, Mr. Lair warns his followers that “Progressive programs and indoctrination have found their way into our local government and schools at an alarming rate.”

There is one insidious new influence in Big Timber that Mr. Lair is especially worried about.  He fears that the Horizons project of the Northwest Area Foundation may really be a secret “progressive indoctrination boot camp.”  (A simple google search shows that the program gives grants to local communities for projects like sprucing up their business and industrial parks to help get the local economy moving.)

Thankfully,  group of citizens in Big Timber smartly decided to bring  Big Sky, Big Money to the local theatre this Thursday, December 6th at 7:00pm and Sunday, December 9th at 2:00pm.  The documentary, which uncovered potentially illegal collusion between secretive right-wing group ATP and Republican candidates, is being shown FREE to all residents.

The showing seems to have upset Mr. Lair.  When he learned locals would be seeing the expose, he posted a tirade against PBS on the Sweetgrass Council/ATP website.  He accuses PBS of everything from “belittling Jesus” to spreading anti-American views, to being part of a government conspiracy to vaccinate kids against diseases.

Posted: December 2, 2012 at 7:16 pm

This post was written by Cowgirl

30 thoughts on “Big Timber, Big Money

  1. Publius II

    Here’s a shocker, ATP actually has a phone number – IN DC where the ‘action’ is – 1-888-987-USA1, and Donald E. Ferguson is their Executive Director, AmericanTradition.org, so at least they’ve come out of the shadows and they’re on 2020 Pennsylvania Avenue, of course. Remember what WTP did to candidates two years ago, so I guess a ‘makeover’ was in order so they’re still a 501c4 ‘NON-PROFIT’ (LOL) that claims to not ‘endorse, support or oppose’ any candidate for public office. Really? The ‘non-profit’ fiction should be dropped for all factions, left-right-center for the sake
    of ‘truth in advertising’.

          1. Dave Skinner

            Larry, while I’m not a fan of Orly Taitz, I’m just wondering…how much of an anti-Semite are you, really?

            1. Larry Kralj, Environmental Rangers

              Not at all, Dave. You know me better than that. But what I AM is an American! I do NOT like/want/need/TOLERATE them goddamned zionist nazis messin’ in the politics of our country! AIPAC needs to be destroyed, and Bibi netanf*ckyou put in his place! Our country has suffered enough for a rogue, illegal, apartheid, nazi state. It must end now!

              But anti-semite, not at all.

            2. Larry Kralj, Environmental Rangers

              Dave, for the record, Jerkoff Jerry Molen claims to be a Mormon. I find THAT dumdshizer to be as EQUALLY offensive as ms. oily titz! You see, goofyass religions are simply googyass religions and have NO place in the operation of our government! SOME of pervert joey’s smith’s followers are EQUALLY as traitorous as ms. oily titz! And they appear to be going after O’Bama for the same reasons! Mormons, zionists, they BOTH traitorous bastards! Remember the U.S.S Liberty?? I do! Spying on our government? I do! Mountain Meadows Massacre? I do! The attempt to secede by the Mormons? I do!
              Traitors are traitors, Dave.

              Bigot? Anti-semite? No. I just tell the TRVTH.

            3. Larry Kralj, Environmental Rangers

              Dave, is the former prime minister Olmert an anti-semite too? Did you even READ the article I posted?

              “The prime minister has a right to prefer one candidate over another,” Olmert said, adding, however, that it was “better, obviously, if he kept it to himself. What took place this time was a breaking of all the rules, when our prime minister intervened in the U.S. elections in the name of an American billionaire with a clear interest in the vote.”

              The arrogance and bullshit is overwhelming. And must stop. ALL these fascist, criminal billionaires need to be put in their place!

              1. Larry Kralj, Environmental Rangers

                Oh, and the “clear interest” in the election in Adelson’s case is to KEEP the government from investigating the dirty sumbitch! Yep, real nice freinds you’re defending there, davey! Very religeeious folks!

  2. James Conner

    The Sweetgrass website seems more moderate than I expected. Agenda 21′s there, but I didn’t find anything on black helicopters or the New World Order. It’s pretty much middle of the road right wing boilerplate. Of course, these are the people who’ll head for the hills if sweet grass is ever legalized.

    1. Larry Kralj, Environmental Rangers

      No it’s not, James. You’re wrong. It’s wacky tabaccky! Read the guns, god, constituion one I posted. Subtle but secessionist! They’re moderate nazis!

      1. Larry Kralj, Environmental Rangers

        Did you actually MISS all this dog whistle shit, James? Shame on you. Put on your reading glasses next time, old feller! We are getting to that age!

        “When the age is in the wit is out!” (and the eyesight) And mine’s been out for a long time now!

        “Most of America’s big city dwellers do not share our values. In fact, after the Obama win we feel like strangers in our own Country. We are. We are the people who “cling to God and guns” and our Constitution. We have now been isolated and marginalized by the Chicago thugs and their machine. (admin note: we use the word Thugs intentionally. Read about their history and marvel about the similarity of methods by clicking here) It is ironic that the social liberals and fellow travelers somehow think the beast won’t eventually turn on them. They can’t see the truth revealed by history because they are wearing ideological blinders and quite literally are blinded by our Creator God for the good purpose of rousting the rest of us from our slumber. So, we must stand firm in the Truth but also be loving.
        Will any God-fearing person please explain to me how you can cast your vote for a man that despises the Founding Principles of this Country, does not value Truth, hates what the United States stands for, has no respect for innocent lives of the unborn, wants to take from those that work and give to those that won’t, and is willing to sacrifice the lives of our diplomats and military to fan the flames of radical Islam? What are you people thinking?
        Obama is intentionally destroying our Country from within. He and his thuggish machine are powerful. But not all powerful.”

        1. Larry Kralj, Environmental Rangers

          People who talk to god are scary, scary morons! God has given these inbreds the truth!, or so they say. BUT the only leetle problem is that god is a generous god! He ALSO gave the truth to the Taliban and every OTHER wacko sect out there! These dipshits are Murcan Talibeaners, pure and simple. The code words are undeniable!

          Big city dwellers? Minoritees!
          Chicago thugs? Black dudes!
          Values? Our goofy religion!
          O’Bama despises our country? Black dude!
          God fearing? We’re nuts!

          It’s all in there! If you speak Teatardism! Which I do.

      2. AB Thomas

        Larry: You are great and we hope to meet you sometime. Maybe you can attend the showing if you live near Big Timber??? Keep the humor and comments coming. We love ‘em!

        1. Larry Kralj, Environmental Rangers

          Thanks, AB. I would love to attend. It’s kind of a long drive from Great Falls, but ya never know. I haven’t seen the documentary yet myself. And I should have Sunday off.

          And a big thanks for fighting back against the insanity preached by these folks. Your efforts are much appreciated and the right thing to do. We don’t need this brand of wackiness here in Montana. That’s not who we are.

          p.s. I love the Big Timber country. I spent nearly twenty years in Billings, and spent a lot of time in your area. I still go down that way quite often. It’s beautiful.

    2. AB Thomas

      Hi Jim: Believe me, if you delve deeper, you will see it is not a moderate stance they take at all. Just don’t spend too much time on the site. It’s waste of your precious energy. They are so far out in their ideology, it’s actually comical.

        1. Fightback

          James: I am sorry for referring to you as Jim. I had just finished speaking with a friend of mine with that name.

          Meant no harm.

          AB Thomas(FightBack)

  3. Havre Voter

    Glad to see Sweetgrass County isn’t allowing the wingnuts to take over without a fight. Showing this documentary is a great idea–the more people that have the facts, the better.

    1. AB Thomas

      Thank you so much for your support. If you are interested in showing the film in Havre, it would be great. We ordered our copy from PBS online right after the Frontline expose. It’s appalling that these groups think they can run roughshod over the citizens of this state and country. The state director of ATP resides in Sweet Grass County. Their other group, Sweet Grass Council For Constitutional Integrity (sweetgrassroots.org) is a mere extension of ATP and a platform for Doug Lair’s ideology. The website is packed with lies and they spin data to their liking. You’ll notice that all their comments are favorable toward them-they never post any that challenge their belief system. It’s never a balanced dialogue. Just rants and diatribes against whoever disagrees with them. Their donation link states that contribution receipts will be from ATP-even though this group is under investigation! Their arrogance is shocking.

  4. Gabby Johnson

    What “Big Sky, Big Money” doesn’t address — and what I want to know — is the source of the money trying to dictate law in Montana. It very well could be Chinese, washed through several “American” companies to WTP, to grease the skids for export of Montana coal. Look at the Keystone pipeline. It was Chinese money that built the Alberta tar sands development and now they need to take American land by eminent domain to get it out.
    (Why should Republicans have all the fun with conspiracy theories?)

    1. AB Thomas

      HI Gabby:

      They are finding out more and more in this investigation. We’ve been following it like crazy. I can not wait until their fannies are sitting on a bench in a cell-right where they belong.

  5. Lisa O'Conner

    Oops, meant to type how did they get the permissions to show the documentary- it’s such a great idea- should be shown across the state like the Code of the West documentary this fall.

    1. AB Thomas

      Hi Lisa: We ordered a commercial version (for public viewing) directly from PBS. The shows are free of charge to the public which we would have done anyway. But is also a requirement. This is for educational purposes only. I hope you will consider doing this in your town. The more of us spreading the word, the better. I still speak with folks who had no idea about ATP and rest of the dark money groups. Let me know if I can be of assistance.

      Thanks to all of you for your support and comments.

      AB

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