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A box of documents found in a Colorado meth house suggest that an outside spending group, the Western Tradition Partnership (WTP), was working with the campaigns of 23 conservative candidates for state offices in Montana.
WTP is already locked in a legal battle with Montana authorities who ruled two years ago that the group was a political committee and should disclose its donors. WTP has maintained that it is a social welfare organization.
Montana election officials say the new documents call for another investigation into WTP’s practices to see if it was coordinating its work with the candidates, which would be illegal under campaign finance law.
The documents are a the focus of a Frontline investigation airing today on PBS, called “Big Sky, Big Money.”