The Ties that Bind

by Cowgirl

While embattled Montana state senator Jason Priest has tried to separate himself from American Traditions Partnership, his donor sheet tells a different story.

Jason Priest is the state legislator whose dark money group worked to kill the Medicaid expansion by sending out mailings opposing health care for working poor Montanans across the state.  Priest sent the attack mailers through the so-called “Montana Growth Network.”  The group  is thought to be one of the American Traditions Partnership’s many spinoffs.

UPDATE: Jason Priest’s “Montana Growth Network” is most known for buying the Supreme Court race for TEA Party judge Laurie McKinnon. Priest’s shadow group spent more to elect the right-wing judge then the conservative candidate he backed had raised for her entire campaign. As was revealed in the leaked GOP emails obtained by the Great Falls Tribune, Priest was part of the group of hard-right senators who listed among their goals “changing the face of the Montana Supreme Court so that it does not find a constitutional block to every conservative policy.”

And although Priest won’t disclose where the money from the MT Growth Network comes from, campaign finance reports show a link between ATP and Priest.  ATP board members Goble, Lair, and Faw and their families are all donors to his campaign.

Goble

Contributor
Industry
Recipient Name Location Amount Date
GOBLE, GEOFF
Retired
PRIEST, JASON MCLEOD, MT $160 Unknown
GOBLE, GEOFF
Retired
PRIEST, JASON MCLEOD, MT $160 Unknown
GOBLE, NANCY
Livestock
PRIEST, JASON MCLEOD, MT $160 Unknown
GOBLE, NANCY
Livestock
PRIEST, JASON MCLEOD, MT $160 Unknown
GOBLE, GEOFF
Retired
PRIEST, JASON MCLEOD, MT $150 Unknown
GOBLE, GEOFF
Retired
PRIEST, JASON MCLEOD, MT $150 Unknown
GOBLE, NANCY
Livestock
PRIEST, JASON MCLEOD, MT $150 Unknown
GOBLE, NANCY
Livestock
PRIEST, JASON MCLEOD, MT $150 Unknown
GOBLE, GEOFF
Retired
PRIEST, JASON MCLEOD, MT $-300 10/21/2010
GOBLE, NANCY
Livestock
PRIEST, JASON MCLEOD, MT $-300 10/21/2010

 

Goble family member Beth Goble (aka Beth Tabadisto and her spouse)

Contributor
Industry
Recipient Name Location Amount Date
TABADISTO, TONY
Retired
PRIEST, JASON SAN FRANCISCO, CA $150 Unknown
TABADISTO, TONY
Retired
PRIEST, JASON SAN FRANCISCO, CA $150 Unknown
TABADISTO, BETH
Retired
PRIEST, JASON SAN FRANCISCO, CA $150 Unknown
TABADISTO, BETH
Retired
PRIEST, JASON SAN FRANCISCO, CA $150 Unknown

 

Lair

Contributor
Industry
Recipient Name Location Amount Date
LAIR, GALE A
Livestock
PRIEST, JASON BIG TIMBER, MT $100 Unknown
LAIR, DOUG
Livestock
PRIEST, JASON BIG TIMBER, MT $160 Unknown

 

Faw

FAW, BOB
Retired
PRIEST, JASON BIG TIMBER, MT $160 Unknown
FAW, JUDY
Retired
PRIEST, JASON BIG TIMBER, MT $160 Unknown

Posted: April 29, 2013 at 7:26 am

14 thoughts on “The Ties that Bind

    1. Grandma Jeannie

      So they picked a local pawn who they already knew-along with local board members. Makes sense.

  1. Montana Forward

    Oh wow…looks like somebody is starting to copy the way Media Trackers does class “A” research! Good job Cowgirl keep up the good work so all progressives can smoke medical weed and teenage girls can receive free abortions!

    And we also want to say thanks to Planned Parenthood for lobbying “in favor” of infanticide because every teenage girl has a choice!

    Watch the video below it is amazing!

    http://townhall.com/tipsheet/leahbarkoukis/2013/03/29/planned-parenthood-official-endorses-right-to-kill-babies-born-alive-n1553161

  2. Montana Forward

    Geez…we didn’t know progressive medical weed smokers supported “Dark Money” as well…this is becoming an epidemic:

    The Progressive States Network (PSN), a left-wing group currently based in New York that looks to help advance liberal policies at the state level, continues to add organizations and legislators to its Montana network since its foundation in 2005.

    The University of Montana’s Bureau of Business and Economic Research, the Montana Budget and Policy Center, an economic research group sponsored by the national George Soros organization Center for Budget and Policy Priorities, the National Institute on Money in State Politics, a non-profit 501(c)3 that created the popular political spending database Follow the Money, Forward Montana, a voter canvassing group, the Montana AFL-CIO, Montana Women Vote, and The Policy Institute, are just a few of the groups currently listed on PSN’s Montana network page.

    http://montana.mediatrackers.org/2013/03/26/progressive-states-network-active-in-montana/

  3. Montana Forward

    “Dark Money” is everywhere…we can’t believe that our pro-abortion governor would be involved with something like this!

    Hilltop Public Solutions should be in the all time top ten of progressive misnomers. Hilltop must refer to Washington D.C. Big government supporters always portray themselves as occupying the high ground. Public implies open and transparent, two qualities HPS does not possess nor do progressives genuinely espouse. Solutions is the biggest deception of them all unless you think progressivism, socialism and big government solve things.

    Hilltop Public Solutions is not on the moral or any other high ground, it is not public and it is not a solution. It is another dark money, union oriented group designed to take away the taxpaying citizen’s freedoms and further the progessive lock on power in Montana politics.

    If you think Hilltop is the “bi-partisan” outfit they claim to be, check out the candidates their team worked for before joining HPS (click here).

    On Valentines’ Day SGCCI posted an article on the shenanigans of HPS and Governor Bullock (click here to read it). On March 15, James Pennington of Billings filed a 277 page formal complaint against Governor Steve Bullock and Hilltop Public Solutions (click here to read it).

    For a long time the direction of American politics has been away from God, town hall, grassroots citizens, and into the courthouse. For decades progressives and environmental groups have used the courts to attack their opponents-much of the time with taxpayer dollars! Although we lament the drift from public debate to legal contortions, we applaud Mr. Pennington’s effort. Maybe a taste of their own medicine will weaken the progressive’s propensity to govern by means of the activist/liberal judicial branch. We hope so. Mr. Penningtons’ complaint reads like a who’s who of the Montana/D.C. axis of the progressive election machine:

    Friends of Steve Bullock-Bullock for Gov. (Steve Bullock, Kevin O’Brien, Melanie Brock, Eric Ohlsen)
    Build Montana PAC, MT-AFL-CIO, MEA-MFT (Chris Cavazos)
    MEA-MFT COPE (Eric Burke, Build MT PAC Contributor, Element Design IE)
    Montana Jobs, Education and Technology PAC (Ed Logan, Mike Lamb, Harper Lawson)
    Montana Conservation Voters-MCV Action Fund (Committee of MCV Board, Julia Page, Theresa Keaveney)
    Planned Parenthood Advocacy of MT (Suzi Kopec, Stay Anderson, Molly Bell, Libby Smelker)
    Democratic Governors Assoc. of MT (Benjamin Metcalf)
    Montana Democratic Party (Jim Elliot)
    Big Sky Democrats (Anna O’Brein, Kevin O’Brein, Molly Bell, Melanie Brock)
    Forward Montana Board (Molly Bell, Aaron Browning, Chris Cavazos)

    Mr. Pennington also names political consultants:

    Hilltop Public Solutions (Barrett Kaiser, Mo Elleeithee, Molly Bell, Marco Guido, Eric Ohlsen, Libby Smelker)
    Three Point Media (Mo Elleeithee)
    Brushfire Strategies (Marco Guido)
    Greenlight Median Strategies (Hilltop’s NY Address)

    It will be interesting to see the response of the State’s new Attorney General, Tim Fox. He is a Republican (the only one holding a major office in the state) and a decent man known for doing the right things for the right reasons. Will he prosecute the Governor? We don’t know. In any case the facts are a challenge for Governor Bullock. He has been preaching and drafting laws against the very actions he is alleged to have taken. Stay tuned!

  4. Montana Forward

    Speaking of “Dark Money??” How do we get a hold of YOU cowgirl? Why no address, phone number, or e-mail?

    Could it be you are part of the “Dark Money” Soros group? Hilltop perhaps?

    If not, prove it? Can you walk-the-walk?

    1. Norma Duffy @Ilikewoods

      Man you people at Montana Forward need to get your head out of that hole between your legs and breath fresh air for a change.

      Secondly the only Assholes who bring up Soros name, is the Pathetic few that are reaching for alot of bullshit that just isn’t true. His philanthropic organization, the Open Society Foundations, supports democracy and human rights ( not corporate rights like the GOP) in over 70 countries. Let me see a list of any one of your GOP Idiots, even tithe twenty bucks outside their Church…. Well??? Waiting???

      Lastly, unless the Constitution has changed— a lot of people are allowed by law to post and write anonymously to protect their Identity, Far different than trying anonymously to bribe officials with Dark Money from your side. So are you saying you’re unwilling to follow the Law of the USA??? That sounds about right.

      My Personal Opinion to all this crappy Propaganda you have just written Herr Forward… Save all that fascism and propaganda on someone less intelligent than the folks here. Say it at Breitbart’s, or Red State. People more attuned to you conspiracy theories.

      Otherwise known as STFU!

  5. Norma Duffy @Ilikewoods

    So apropo to Montana Forward:

    Written by a friend of mine Steve Marmel

    So apparently…

    When you complain about what you think America is doing wrong, and you are on the right, you are “Taking America Back.”

    When you complain about what you think America is doing wrong and you are on the left, you are told to “go live in Russia.”

    No.

    Many on the left sucked it up though eight years of Bush who, by the way, now has a library… and didn’t mention Iraq once during it’s dedication.

    While I disagreed with much Bush did, I never said he wasn’t our President, I simply said I thought he was a terrible president. He is a terrible president. He will always be a terrible president. History will judge him and grade him with an “F.”

    Consequently my – and America’s – taking back America was with a vote in 2008. AND in 2012.

    So you – who can’t handle the Black President or the Democratic President or the “Anyone but an evangelical white President” – YOU leave.

    No? I thought not. Well, I’m not going anywhere either.

    And I will see you in 2014 AND 2016.

  6. Kevin D Curtis

    Vote the Bums out 2014! One, One, One, Win!
    Volunteer one hour, once a week, for one year and we WILL win.
    Find a great candidate and start now.
    Do it for Liberty’s sake!

    1. Bigskygirl

      Thank You “Montana Cowgirl” For keeping them HONEST, and I know damn well, why you remain anonymous? Who needs HATE mail! I look forward in working on our article, for “The Wall Street Journal!”

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