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Montana Court Rules "Dark Money" Group Violated State Law
The court found that Western Tradition Partnership, the focus of FRONTLINE's October investigation "Big Sky, Big Money," used "subterfuge" to avoid complying with state disclosure law during the 2008 election cycle.
January 11, 2013
Montana to Probe Dark Money Group's Link to Campaigns
The dark money group from Citizens United is under investigation in Montana for illegally coordinating with political campaigns.
December 14, 2012
What's the Future for Campaign Finance Reform?
Studies suggest that Americans are concerned about the influence of wealthy donors in politics. But when it comes to finding feasible solutions for reforming campaign finance, there's little consensus, and plenty of challenges.
November 19, 2012
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.
November 8, 2012
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.
November 5, 2012
Dark Money Group's Bank Records Suggest Ties to Campaign Work
Records show that WTP checks were signed by an advisor to political candidates.
November 2, 2012
A Protest and a Break-In: Fallout from "Big Sky, Big Money"
"Big Sky, Big Money" is causing ripples in Montana, where protesters gathered outside ATP, and the office investigating the group reported a break-in.
November 1, 2012
Live Chat 2:30 p.m. ET: How is Big Money Changing Our Elections?
Join a chat for "Big Sky, Big Money" with the film's correspondent Kai Ryssdal, producer Rick Young and ProPublica reporter Kim Barker. Wednesday 10/31 at 2:30 pm ET. You can leave a question now.
October 30, 2012
James Bopp: What Citizens United Means for Campaign Finance
James Bopp, the lawyer behind Citizens United, on why he wants to bring down more campaign finance laws. "Political speech is still the most highly regulated activity protected by the First Amendment," he told FRONTLINE.
October 30, 2012
Trevor Potter: The Political Reality of Citizens United
The Supreme Court's landmark ruling in Citizens United has resulted in less transparency and the potential for more corruption in the nation's campaign finance system, says former federal election commissioner Trevor Potter.
October 30, 2012
What You Need to Read on Money & Politics
This year's election is the most expensive in history, with outside groups calling the shots in political races across the country.
October 30, 2012
The Rules That Govern 501(c)(4)s
Why these groups can spend unlimited amounts of money to influence elections -- without disclosing their donors
October 30, 2012
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