Bullock faces more than $46,000 fine for illegal campaign checks

Posted on October 25, 2012 by Donald Ferguson

Montana Attorney General Steve Bullock faces a fine between $15,472.15 and $46,416.45 after the state’s Commission on Political Practices ruled he passed 11 illegal campaign checks totaling $15,472.15 in the Nov. 6 race for governor.

Under Montana law the fine for a campaign finance violation is one to three times the amount involved.

Bullock, the state’s top law enforcement officer, faces around a dozen other charges of illegal campaign fundraising that are still to be ruled on by the Commission.

Additionally, Bullock must appear before a federal judge Monday to face contempt charges after he falsely claimed a $500,000 contribution from the Montana Republican Party to his opponent, Rick Hill, was illegal and sought enforcement actions.  The contribution was legal at the time it was made.  Retroactively enforcing laws that did not exist at the time violates the federal court order in the case, as well as the U.S. Constitution.

Bullock will also likely face a federal investigation in a corruption case to be filed next week.

ATP not surprised Bullock found guilty of breaking campaign finance laws

Posted on by Donald Ferguson

BOZEMAN — American Tradition Partnership is not surprised Montana Attorney General Steve Bullock was found guilty Thursday of breaking state campaign finance laws regarding 11 illegal campaign checks totaling $15,472.15.

“Steve Bullock has repeatedly thrown false accusations at American Tradition Partnership and anyone else who questions his agenda,” said ATP Executive Director Donald Ferguson.  “Once again we find out the only person breaking the law is Steve Bullock himself.”

“This is just the tip of the iceberg.  Montana citizens have filed over a dozen other documented cases of Bullock pocketing illegal PAC and corporate contributions,” said Ferguson.  “And there will be new documented revelations of wrongdoing and corruption against Bullock coming out as we verify the information.”

The decision was issued by Deputy Commissioner of Political Practices Jay Dufrechou, a former donor to Bullock.

American Tradition Partnership, through its Montana Statesman newspaper, is offering cash rewards for tips leading to the arrest.  Citizens can forward information to editor@montanastatesman.com or 219-7287.

Since its founding in Montana, by Montanans, in 2007, ATP has held public officials accountable for corruption and cozy ties to job-killing environmentalists.  The group has never been found guilty of wrongdoing, which is more than can be said for Steve Bullock.

Soros is lying about ATP

Posted on October 23, 2012 by Donald Ferguson

Dear patriot,

Did you notice something missing from the three presidential debates?

For the first time since 1984, the candidates did not speak about so-called “climate change.”

And that’s because of you.  The pressure you have applied to candidates has made it clear that environmentalism is a losing issue.

You changed the tone of the presidential debate.

But the environmentalists are wealthy and own the mainstream media.

American Tradition Partnership is under assault.

Several left-wing groups funded by George Soros are teaming up with PBS to slander, defame and lie about ATP in an effort to destroy us.

Well, it won’t work.

You changed the presidential debates.

And you can punch this right back into George Soros’ face.

ATP must fight back.

Can you go here to chip in $10 or more to help us buy the ads we need to fight back and tell the truth?

You’ve already proven how powerful you are.  Your phone calls, emails and faxes to Congress as a part of ATP killed Gang Green legislation in Congress and made the presidential candidates terrified of speaking about “climate change.”

Now help me pound George Soros into the dirt for his shameless lies about ATP.

Go here to chip in $10 or more now.

Sincerely,

Donald Ferguson

P.S.  You are powerful.  Because of all the phone calls, emails and faxes to Congress you made as a part of ATP, the presidential candidates are so terrified of looking “green” that so-called “climate change” was not discussed in any presidential debate for the first time in almost 30 years.

But now George Soros is angry.  He is funding several groups that are putting out “news stories” that brazenly lie about ATP and falsely slime and defame us.

Help me smash it back in his face.  Please go here to chip in $10 or more to help us buy the ads we need to fight back and tell the truth.

American Tradition Partnership now one of America’s biggest media outlets

Posted on by Donald Ferguson

Conservative group American Tradition Partnership now one of nation’s biggest media outlets

> New “Montana Statesman” newspaper sent directly to 120,000 households/180,000 voters
> Nation’s 65th-largest paper
> Will publish exclusive investigative reporting through the election and legislative session
> Offering cash rewards for information leading to the arrest and conviction of Montana officials
> FERGUSON: ‘It’s a bad time to be aligned with the corrupt Helena establishment.  There is nowhere to run.  There is nowhere to hide.  More free speech is a great thing because it disinfects the political process.’

BOZEMAN — American Tradition Partnership is taking its message of good jobs, affordable energy and clean government directly to a majority of the state’s voters, unveiling its new Montana Statesman newspaper last week.

With a print circulation of 120,000 mailed directly to targeted voters the Statesman is easily the state’s largest newspaper, nearly three times larger than The Billings Gazette’s circulation of around 45,000.  It is also the nation’s 65th-largest paper, reaching more readers than notable institutions such as The Richmond Times-Dispatch and The Des Moines Register.

Geared to political independents, the Statesman will publish several editions through Election Day and throughout 2013 exposing corruption and official misconduct.

And with an average of 1.5 voters per household the Statesman reaches 180,000 voters – half of the state’s projected turnout on Nov. 6.

“We are now the most powerful media force in Montana,” said Statesman publisher and editor-in-chief Donald Ferguson. “We are the only newspaper in Montana that does not endorse or oppose candidates and the only newspaper in Montana that does not take advertising dollars from corporations or candidates,” said Ferguson.

Ferguson is a political independent who has worked at two newspapers and a public interest law firm that investigated and prosecuted corruption in the Bush and Clinton administrations.

“I’ve spent my life fighting corruption and powerful politicians, even the President. We will publish exclusive investigative reporting on the corruption in Helena and deliver it directly to all of Montana,” said Ferguson. “More free speech is a great thing because it disinfects the political process.”

The Statesman is the only Montana media outlet offering cash rewards for tips that lead to the arrest and conviction of Montana officials.

“We’re the only media outlet in Montana not tied to corrupt politicians.  It’s a bad time to be aligned with the Helena establishment.  There is nowhere to run.  There is nowhere to hide,” said Ferguson.

But the Statesman’s coverage is not all about Steve Bullock’s 18 allegations of illegal fundraising, his false and defamatory claims against ATP that have been rejected by every court or a possible new federal contempt charge against the troubled Attorney General.  The Statesman also features fresh new coverage of food, sports, parenting, pet care and Montana life.

 

Steve Bullock under state investigation for illegal corporate fundraising

Posted on October 19, 2012 by Donald Ferguson

From the Montana Statesman:

Steve Bullock (Attorney General), and the Montana Department of Justice don’t want you to know what they are lobbying for – and have apparently been running a disinformation campaign about what they support and don’t support.

This has been revealed in a formal complaint submitted to the Montana Commissioner of Political Practices.

The official complaint can be read here: Reid v Dep’t of Justice and Bullock

The Commissioner’s website states -  “Issue: On September 5, 2012 Catherine Reid filed a complaint against The Department of Justice and Attorney General Steve Bullock alleging violations of Lobbying Laws…
Status: Investigation Pending“

But there are many more campaign finance complaints against Attorney General Steve Bullock – just click on any of the state investigations below:

Issue: On September 24, 2012 Richard Little filed a complaint against Steve Bullock alleging violations of campaign finance and practices laws.
Status: Investigation Pending
Issue: On September 24, 2012 Don Hart filed a complaint against Steve Bullock alleging violations of campaign finance and practices laws.
Status: Investigation Pending
Issue: On September 10, 2012 Klaas Tuininga filed a complaint against Steve Bullock alleging violations of campaign finance and practices laws.
Status: Investigation Pending
Issue: On September 7, 2012 Glen Swope filed a complaint against Steve Bullock alleging violations of campaign finance and practices laws.
Status: Investigation Pending
Issue: On September 7, 2012 Philip Olson filed a complaint against Steve Bullock alleging violations of campaign finance and practices laws.
Status: Investigation Pending

COPP documents: Bullock took 18 illegal PAC, corporate checks

Posted on October 17, 2012 by Donald Ferguson

American Tradition Partnership Executive Director Donald Ferguson released the following statement Friday afternoon:

I’m surprised to read Attorney General Steve Bullock claim he will not accept contributions above the unconstitutional $630 limit.  Back when the contribution law was in force he violated it and other campaign finance laws at least 18 times.

Why did Bullock wait until the law was overturned to suddenly decide he’ll stop breaking it?

American Tradition Partnership follows every applicable law to the letter.  Every case we have ever brought has eventually been settled in our favor.  The law and the Constitution are always on our side.

But when it comes to breaking Montana’s campaign finance laws, Steve Bullock is a virtual Al Capone. Make no mistake.  Steve Bullock is one of the most corrupt public officials in the United States.

According to sworn, documented complaints filed with the Commissioner of Political Practices (http://politicalpractices.mt.gov/2recentdecisions/docket.mcpx):

* Bullock pocketed contributions from the Pfizer drug company corporate PAC on Apr. 27, 2009, June 10, 2011 and June 4, 2012 that totaled far above the legal limit, by nearly 50 percent. (Tuininga v. Bullock)

* Bullock pocketed corporate PAC cash from British-based GlaxoSmithKline on Dec. 15, 2009, Aug. 1, 2011 and June 4, 2012 that totaled twice the legal limit. (Tuininga v. Bullock)

* Bullock pocketed primary election contributions from the Endo drug company corporate PAC on May 16, 2012 at twice the legal limit. (Tuininga v. Bullock)

(It should be noted Bullock was supposed to be negotiating with these drug companies on price-fixing allegations while taking that cash.)

* Bullock received a $300.00 check from the GFEA union PAC, on Mar. 16, 2011.  GFEA is not a legal PAC, therefore Bullock accepted an illegal contribution. (Tuininga v. Bullock)

* Bullock took illegal contributions from the BFFL 521 union PAC, on May 16, 2012 that were more than double the legal limit. (Tuininga v. Bullock)

* Bullock also took $1,260.00 in funds from the MEA MFT COPE union PAC on February 1, 2012, that is also twice the legal limit. (Tuininga v. Bullock)

* Bullock did the same thing, which is again illegal, when he pocketed the same amounts from the HEA union PAC on June 4, 2012. (Tuininga v. Bullock)

* Bullock took funds at the legal limit from the Montana Public Employees Association PAC, on April 9, 2012, but then accepted an additional $500 – which is illegal – just weeks later on May 31. (Tuininga v. Bullock)

* Bullock took $600 from the “Rent-A-Center, Inc. Good Government Committee” PAC, the corporate PAC of Rent-A-Center, on June 30, 2011.  Bullock then received an additional $660 on Apr. 13, 2012, which is above the legal limit both cumulatively and as an individual gift.  Bullock also reported it as coming from the “RAC Good Government Committee” to make it appear to be a different donor. (Olson v. Swope)

* Bullock pocketed $630 from Glacier PAC on Mar. 11, 2012 that was legally designated for the general election, but Bullock reported it for the primary (Tuininga v. Bullock)  That allows him to later solicit an illegal contribution.

* Bullock took two contributions from the Swiss-based Holcim corporation PAC totaling $620.  Holcim wrote two checks, $310 for the primary and $310 for the general but Bullock reported them both for the primary (Tuininga v. Bullock).  That allows him to later solicit an illegal contribution.

* Bullock pocketed contributions from The Home Depot corporate PAC totaling $1,260 on Dec. 14, 2011 for the primary election. (Tuininga v. Bullock)  That is twice the legal limit.

* Bullock also did the same thing with Lowe’s corporate PAC on June 5, 2012 (Tuininga v. Bullock)

* Bullock took $310 from Publishers Clearing House, which is a corporation and not a PAC. (Swope v. Bullock) Corporate donations are expressly illegal.

* Bullock took three checks from “Citizens for Responsible Government – Employees of MSE,” one for $300 on May 12, 2011, one for $300 on Dec. 7, 2011 and one for $660 just a week later on Dec. 14, 2011.  (Swope v. Bullock) The legal limit for a PAC is $630, putting Bullock over the legal limit by $600.

* Bullock took $600 from McDaniel Leadership PAC, which is not registered with the OPP.  It also appears to be a corporation out of Arkansas (Swope v. Bullock)

* Bullock reported spending just $15 dollars for a room at the Big Sky Resort on Jan. 15, 2012.  (Swope v. Bullock) Rooms cost well over $100 a night, therefore Montana law requires the difference should have been reported as a contribution to Bullock, which he failed to do.  Additionally, corporate contributions are also illegal.

American Tradition Partnership follows every applicable law to the letter.

Steve Bullock habitually breaks the law, then tries to cover it up with phony allegations against others that are always thrown out of court.

Instead of false accusations and phony charges against law-abiding citizens Bullock should stop breaking the laws he’s supposed to enforce.

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