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

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.