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.