Montana’s head elections regulator ruled this week that American Tradition Partnership illegally coordinated with a GOP legislative candidate, Dan Kennedy R-Laurel. Now, Montana’s top election regulator says he’s launching an investigation into other candidates ATP may have coordinated with.
ATP is the right-wing political attack group that was instrumental in bringing us the nation’s most bat-crap crazy state legislatures in 2011 and 2013. Kennedy’s primary opponent was but one of several GOP candidates who complained about ATPs activities to elect hard right-wingers over more moderate republicans.
As KUFM’s Dan Boyce reports, an investigation into illegal campaign activity
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Today, PBS and ProPublica have posted the contents of the American Tradition Partnership’s bank records, which include some donor records from the 2010 election cycle. A Montana judge ordered that the information be made public last week. Among the groups funders is Pennsylvania Power & Light, or PP&L as it likes to be known in Montana (to eliminate the need to remind people where it is headquartered.)
Other ATP financial backers include:
- TEA Party billionaire Ray Thompson, of Kalispell ($10,000)
- John Sinrud, of Bozeman
- Intermountain Rural Electric Association ($25,000)
- Former TEA Party Legislator Tom Burnett (R-Bozeman)
- Montana and Wyoming Oil Company
- Flathead Timber, of Whitefish
- Dan O’Neil Construction, of Billings
- Soby Construction, of Bozeman
- Raemaeker Insurance, of Choteau
- Livingston developer Peter Mackenzie (various checks, thousands)
- T. Baird Construction, Big Timber
- developer Gateway Village LLC, Bozeman
- Jason Theilman, Steve Daines campaign manager
- GOP Senator Bruce Tutvedt (R-Kalispell)
- Applebee’s Neighborhood Grill (Apple Gilroy Inc.)
- Big Timber TEA Partier Bob Faw
- AAON Inc.($20 k)
- K12 Management Inc. Catholic religious private school corporation, Washington D.C. ($20k)
- Colorado Springs Chamber of Commerce PAC
- Taxpayers for Liberty, Andrew J. O’Neill ($4k)
- TEA Party Rep. Dan Kennedy (R-Laurel), Campaign account
- Colorado Mine Association ($25k)
–and many others.
I haven’t had time to go through all the documents, but Cowgirl readers can do so here. It should be most interesting to see what people find. This information is from the 2010 cycle only, not 2012.