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Big Sky, Big Money

Remember Those Campaign Finance Documents We Found in a Meth House…?

A scathing Montana court order means the docs will stay with a grand jury to aid its investigation of the dark-money group WTP.

Big Sky, Big Money

Watchdogs Urge IRS to Investigate “Dark Money” Group

Two campaign-finance watchdog groups urged the IRS on Wednesday to investigate whether the nonprofit Western Tradition Partnership submitted false information to obtain its social welfare status in 2008.

Big Sky, Big Money

Check ‘Em Out: Donations to Dark Money Group Revealed

FRONTLINE and ProPublica are putting checks written to Western Tradition Partnership online. Released under a court order last week, the records give a rare look inside the controversial dark money group.

Big Sky, Big Money

Dark Money Group’s Donors Revealed

Bank records released under a court order show that Western Tradition Partnership’s donors included an Oklahoma businessman, a Colorado builder and other dark money groups linked to Ron Paul.

Big Sky, Big Money

Dark Money Group’s Bank Records Suggest Ties to Campaign Work

Records show that WTP checks were signed by an advisor to political candidates.

Big Money 2012

More Evidence Key Dark Money Group May Have Misled IRS

Western Tradition Partnership’s alleged big donor says he has actually never heard of the group.

Big Money 2012

Mysterious Docs Found in Meth House Reveal Inner Workings of Dark Money Group

Boxes of records turned over to Montana authorities show that a top person from Western Tradition Partnership interacted with candidates and helped shape their election efforts, possibly violating laws that bar coordination between campaigns and outside groups

Big Money 2012

“Dark Money” Group Central to Citizens United May Have Misled IRS

A western nonprofit that played a key role in freeing corporate spending on elections nationwide appears to have misled the IRS when it applied for the tax-exempt status that shields its donors from being publicly disclosed.

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