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Officials Warn About Dark Money Group

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Western Tradition Partnership was a widely known group in the 2012 election season. The group was forced to cease all operations after the elections for acting as a political action committee, but reports say now they may be making a reemergence.

State Commissioner of Political Practices Jonathan Motl said the new group "American Tradition Partnership. They are a private non-profit corporation, and they were involved in a series of candidate campaigns."

Motl was involved in several rulings that concluded that then WTP illegally contributed to numerous campaigns in 2012.

Motl reiterated that "the rule in Montana is that you participate in the light, the positions you take are all publicly discussed."

Governor Steve Bullock tells Montanan's to be very weary of ATP saying that "groups like ATP don't serve any other purpose except to mislead voters and intimidate political figures who don't tell their lies."

This is also not the first time the Governor has had dealings with the group.

He said that "this is a group that as Attorney General, I went all the way to the U.S. Supreme Court as a means to protect our elections."

Motl says though that ATP is not back in the election yet saying that "ATP is not back in the sense that they're publicly participating in the 2014 elections. They have sent a few private letters to potential donors."

The Governor also says if they want any part of the election season, they must play by the rules telling those involved that he "sure hopes that if they want to participate in elections the least that they can do is come out of the shadows and show who they are."

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