Posted: Nov 2, 2012 1:49 PM by MTN News
HELENA - A Helena judge said Thursday that he'll penalize a conservative lobbying group that is accused of illegal campaign activity.
The State of Montana asked Judge Jeffrey Sherlock to stop American Tradition Partnership because it claims the group is illegally protecting the names of its donors. But, ATP argued it doesn't have to disclose the names because it's organized as a non-profit.
Commissioner of Political Practices Jim Murry has been investigating ATP for paying for and mailing political fliers without proper disclosure.
Just this week, Frontline PBS aired an investigation in which they were given boxes of documents which alleged improper coordination between ATP and more than 20 Montana candidates.
Those documents were at the commissioner's office in Helena, which was broken into Wednesday night. It's not known if the two events are connected, or if anything was taken.