“The COPP has held these documents for over a year and a half. If there was any evidence of wrongdoing, why have they not acted on anything or made any accusations? The fact they reviewed the documents and refused to do or say anything proves, once again, ATP always obeys the law,” said Ferguson.
“Additionally, if they’ve held these for over a year and a half the only reason to release them now is too coordinate with Attorney General Bullock’s campaign for governor. That is a crime,” said Ferguson.
READ ABOUT CPI’S HISTORY OF UNETHICAL AND ILLEGAL SMEARS
* ABC News: Politico: CPI’s Reporting Involved Possible Misdemeanor, Paid Source http://abcnews.go.com/Blotter/
* Washington Post: Center for Public Integrity changes its story http://www.washingtonpost.com/
* POLITICO: Tuna and turmoil at CPI http://www.politico.com/news/
* PBS Defends Use of Convicted Felon as Expert on Documentary http://www.mrc.org/node/40532 (Source of false ATP attacks has history of relying on convicted felons for reporting)
American Tradition Partnership Responds to Frontline Story’s False Claims of Campaign Finance Violations
Coordinated smear campaign by political opponents revealed
October 30, 2012 –American Tradition Partnership (ATP) responded late Tuesday evening to the false claims of improper political activity alleged in this evening’s broadcast of “Big Sky, Big Money” on PBS’s Frontline.
“This is simply the latest unsubstantiated, well-coordinated attack on American Tradition Partnership, brought on by opponents of the work we do to educate grassroots citizens about important issues related to the environment, energy, and economic growth,” said Donald Ferguson, Executive Director of ATP. “Aside from wild conspiracy theories and willful misreadings of applicable campaign finance and nonprofit laws, tonight’s Frontline story simply revealed what most Montanans and Americans already knew: that radical anti-growth environmentalists aren’t the only ones who are free to organize, raise money, and communicate with the public on important policy topics.”
The Frontline story, as well as coordinated articles appearing online at the web sites of leftist groups ProPublica and the Center for Public Integrity, relies heavily on stolen documents of dubious validity. The documents purported to come from ATP apparently made their way from a stolen car to a ‘meth house’ in Denver, into the hands of Colorado Democratic Party operatives, and from there to the Montana Commission on Political Practices (COPP). ATP has not been allowed to see the documents to assess their authenticity, but has been able to confirm that some of the documents are not ATP-related but instead are connected with other clients of an ATP consultant or an independent mailshop owned by the same consultant’s wife.
“It would be very interesting to know just how several media outlets were able to view stolen documents in the custody of the Montana Commission on Political Practices but no attempt was made to return them to their owners,” said Ferguson. “This looks to be just another example of corruption at the Commission and by the political establishment, who are enraged that the public are being told the truth.”
The head of Montana’s COPP is a direct appointee of the governor, unique among all states. The past three Commissioners have all been political allies of the current governor, including his campaign attorney and treasurer. One of the three was forced to resign this summer after engaging in illegal activities as Commissioner. Current Attorney General and Democratic gubernatorial nominee Steve Bullock has been repeatedly embarrassed in recent months by numerous losses to ATP and other citizens and groups as Montana’s unconstitutional campaign finance laws have been successfully challenged.
“Our success in challenging radical environmentalists and the grossly unconstitutional campaign finance system they and their allies rely on to stifle debate has won us some very powerful enemies,” Ferguson said. “While we’d prefer to see recognition for our hard work come in some form other than baseless smears and hysterical innuendo on national television, we’re proud of our efforts to educate grassroots citizens.”
Earlier today a judge blocked further release of the stolen documents. ATP has also notified state and federal law enforcement authorities about the illegal transfer and possession of stolen goods that was apparently undertaken by Democratic Party officials as well as the staff of Frontline, ProPublica, and the Center for Public Integrity.
BOZEMAN — American Tradition Partnership Executive Director Donald Ferguson released the following statement Monday morning regarding bizarre and false claims made by PBS:
With days to go until Montanans vote, the activist group ProPublica has decided to release a misleading, sensationalist story built around personal property stolen from a car and delivered by a meth user to ATP’s political opponents. The story falsely links ATP to individual activities the organization has no connection to.
ATP always has, and always will, obey every applicable law. As has been the case with every legal issue we have brought forward, this will be decided in ATP’s favor for one simple reason – the law is always on our side. In fact, ATP just won another court case this morning against the Commission on Political Practices for that exact reason.
ATP does not, and never will, tell voters which candidate to vote for. ATP speaks on the issues, informing voters where candidates stand and of their public records.
Additionally, no candidate has any say or control over what ATP publishes. I have never met or spoken to virtually all the candidates on the ballot. Other than sending them a candidate questionnaire I have never communicated most of them. The story itself admits there is no proof of coordination, and there is no coordination.
Additionally, I seriously doubt stolen property acquired by a meth user and spread around by political activists are true, accurate, unaltered and complete documents. Earlier this year another liberal group stole documents from another free market environmental organization, the Heartland Institute, and proceeded to engage in forgery and fraud for the purposes of smearing conservatives for political gain (http://spectator.org/blog/2012/02/17/theft-and-apparent-forgery-of).
In the past Frontline has broken into computer databases for a story on tuna fishing and relied on the word of a convicted felon fired from an Atlanta dentistry clinic to smear private dentistry, without informing viewers. ATP, on the other hand, has always obeyed every letter of every applicable law and eventually won every court case it has ever brought.
I would suggest the media tread carefully before publishing politically-timed stories built on stolen and possibly forged documents that are unrelated to ATP and distributed by a meth user, politicians and a program with a history of unethical and illegal practices.
* ABC News: Politico: CPI’s Reporting Involved Possible Misdemeanor, Paid Source (Source of false ATP attacks committed crime, violated journalistic ethics)
* Washington Post: Center for Public Integrity changes its story (Source of false ATP attacks takes payoffs in exchange for reporting)
* POLITICO: Tuna and turmoil at CPI (Source of false ATP attacks committed crime)
* PBS Defends Use of Convicted Felon as Expert on Documentary (Source of false ATP attacks has history of relying on convicted felons for reporting)
The Montana First Judicial District Monday morning handed American Tradition Partnership yet another in a long string of legal victories.
The court struck down Count 2 of the Commissioner of Political Practices’s counterclaim, which claimed put the contrasting votes, compelled speech and was struck down on vagueness ground.
“How many court cases does ATP have to win before the political establishment and media get the message? The law and the Constitution are always on ATP’s side, and ATP always obeys every letter of every applicable law,” said ATP Executive Director Donald Ferguson.
“Court decision after court decision in our favor continue to prove ATP is apparently the only group in this battle that is following the law.”
The decision comes just hours after ATP turned over to the FBI documentation showing Attorney General Steve Bullock’s Justice Department awarded $262,017.38 in state contracts to a company that pays Bullock rent and is owned by his brother, expliciting violating state ethics laws and possibly other state and federal laws.
Bullock steered $262K in state money to brother, himself; ATP turns evidence over to FBI investigators
> State, public documents show Bullock’s office gave $262K contract to company owned by his brother — and which pays him rent
> ‘Give it back, Steve’ says Ferguson of Bullock’s corrupt funds, ‘The office of governor could become Steve Bullock’s personal piggy bank’
> Documents now in the hands of FBI’s Public Corruption Unit
> Story and documentation will appear in the Montana Statesman, mailed to 120,000 homes
BOZEMAN — American Tradition Partnership turned over to the FBI’s Public Corruption Unit Sunday several state and public documents detailing how in 2010 Attorney General Steve Bullock’s Justice Department steered a $262,017.38 state contract to an “environmental services” business owned by Bullock’s brother, and which pays rent to a building owned by Steve Bullock himself.
“It appears Attorney General Bullock is handing state contracts to his brother’s company which he personally profits from,” said ATP Executive Director Donald Ferguson. “At best using your state position to funnel cash to your brother and yourself is a serious breach of ethics and the public trust. At worst Attorney General Bullock may very well have committed a crime. These are the kinds of dealings the FBI’s Public Corruption Unit investigates, and prosecutes.”
Additionally, Montana Code 2-2-105(4) states “a public officer or public employee may not acquire an interest in any business or undertaking that the officer or employee has reason to believe may be directly and substantially affected to its economic benefit by official action to be taken by the officer’s or employee’s agency. ”
“We encourage a robust and thorough investigation of Mr. Bullock, and we call on Mr. Bullock to cooperate with the FBI,” said Ferguson. “Mr. Bullock could very well spend 2013 and beyond under FBI investigation, or worse.”
ATP will report the story, and release the documents, in this week’s edition of the Montana Statesman newspaper, which is mailed to 120,000 homes in Montana. The documents will be available online Monday at montanastatesman.com/
“Give it back, Steve,” said Ferguson of any rent paid to him by Pioneer Tech. “Unless he and his brother divest themselves of the Hermann Building and Pioneer Tech, as governor Steve Bullock would be free to steer contracts from anywhere in the state government to his brother and himself,” said Ferguson.
“The office of governor could become Steve Bullock’s personal piggy bank.”
“For years ATP’s candidate surveys have asked candidates if he or she or a close relative stands to personally profit off any government ‘green’ program,” said Ferguson. “No wonder Bullock refused to answer that question. He would have to reveal his corrupt contract scheme.”
“These kinds of corrupt deals have become Steve Bullock’s calling card,” said Ferguson of Bullock, who was admonished in 2009 by the federal Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit for using his office to engage in the “petty bureaucratic harassment” of a Helena church and whose campaign was last week found guilty by the Commission on Political Practices of passing 11 illegal checks totaling over $15,000.
State documents show in April of 2010 the Justice Department, run by Bullock, awarded a Natural Resource Damage Program contract to an environmental services company, “Pioneer Technical Services” of Butte. The total value of the contract, according to the documents, was $262,017.38 for eight months of work.
Also known as Pioneer Tech, it is owned by Bill Bullock, Steve Bullock’s brother. Steve Bullock can be seen on video during a Sept. 2010 state conference praising his brother for creating Pioneer Tech.
“In 1992, in the basement of a house here in Butte, my older brother started a business, Pioneer Tech,” said Bullock. The tape of Bullock admitting Pioneer’s ownership may be viewed online at http://www.youtube.com/watch?
Not only did Bullock direct state funds to his brother, Pioneer appears to rent office space from Steve Bullock himself.
On its website, www.pioneer-technical.com/
Both Bullock’s 2008 and 2012 state financial disclosure forms list him as an owner of the “Hermann Building” at “201 E. Broadway.”
That means Attorney General Bullock is handing state contracts to a company that pays him rent, personally profiting from a state contractor – who is also his brother.
The scandal may be much larger. That state contract is just one of several paid out to Pioneer Tech, including what appear to be several more from Bullock’s Justice Department.
The information was sent to the FBI via email Sunday, and will be Express Mailed Monday morning.
“Michael Mann was never awarded the Nobel Peace Prize, the director of the Nobel Institute says, despite Mann’s public claims that he was,” Environment & Climate News reports today.
“In court papers filed in connection with a defamation suit, Mann claims he was “awarded the Nobel Peace Prize.” Global warming alarmists who assist the United Nations Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) in its various reports frequently describe themselves as Nobel Prize winners.”
But Mann didn’t stop there.
According to the Nobel Institute Mann took a copy of the Nobel Prize diploma awarded to the IPCC and altered it to show his name.
In an email to Examiner writer Thomas Richard, Geir Lundestad, director of the Institute reports:
“1) Michael Mann has never been awarded the Nobel Peace Prize.
2) He did not receive any personal certificate. He has taken the diploma awarded in 2007 to the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (and to Al Gore) and made his own text underneath this authentic-looking diploma.
3) The text underneath the diploma is entirely his own. We issued only the diploma to the IPCC as such. No individuals on the IPCC side received anything in 2007.”
Rather than admit he falsified his credentials Mann resorted once again to personal attacks. “Do they want my birth certif too?” Mann tweeted.
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