American Tradition Partnership http://mtpr.org en Moderate Republicans touting virtues of “light money” PAC http://mtpr.org/post/moderate-republicans-touting-virtues-light-money-pac <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">A group of moderate Republicans who denounce anonymous campaign spending in elections say <a href="http://montanabase.com/" target="_blank">their Political Action Committee, </a>or PAC, plays by the rules.</span></p><p>PACs have been the source of so-called dark money over the last few elections cycles, and a lot of that spending in Montana has been aimed at helping more conservative Republicans win primary campaigns.</p><p>The moderates say this time they’re fighting back--in a transparent way.</p> Thu, 06 Mar 2014 17:28:07 +0000 Dan Boyce 15829 at http://mtpr.org Moderate Republicans touting virtues of “light money” PAC State lawmaker accused of illegal coordination with dark money group http://mtpr.org/post/state-lawmaker-accused-illegal-coordination-dark-money-group <p></p><p></p><p>Montana’s Commissioner of Political Practices this week issued a ruling accusing a sitting Republican state lawmaker of illegally coordinating with a “dark money” group during his 2010 campaign, an accusation the lawmaker denies.</p> Fri, 20 Dec 2013 21:43:04 +0000 Dan Boyce 12728 at http://mtpr.org State lawmaker accused of illegal coordination with dark money group Judge fines “dark money” group more than $260,000 http://mtpr.org/post/judge-fines-dark-money-group-more-260000 <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">American Tradition Partnership, one of the primary “dark money” groups operating in Montana the past few elections, has been fined more than $260,000 for illegal campaign activity. This even as the group may be quietly dissolving.</span></p><p>“Here, we have what appears to be a deliberate attempt to evade Montana’s campaign and reporting requirements,” District Judge Jeffrey Sherlock wrote in his Monday ruling.</p> Wed, 27 Nov 2013 21:39:21 +0000 Dan Boyce 11719 at http://mtpr.org Judge fines “dark money” group more than $260,000 Political Practices Commissioner declares ATP violated MT election laws http://mtpr.org/post/political-practices-commissioner-declares-atp-violated-mt-election-laws <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Montana&rsquo;s commissioner of political practices is ruling the conservative dark money group American Tradition Partnership illegally coordinated election activities with a former state legislator.</span></p><p>Commissioner Jonathan Motl said Wednesday ATP distributed campaign mailers in coordination with former Billings Republican Representative Dan Kennedy. It&rsquo;s the second blow to ATP this week, after a federal judge threw out a lawsuit from ATP associates.</p> Thu, 17 Oct 2013 03:28:56 +0000 Dan Boyce 9797 at http://mtpr.org Political Practices Commissioner declares ATP violated MT election laws