Frontline and Propublica have found something interesting about the American Traditions Institute, you know the one that Chris Horner and Paul Schnare are running. Turns out, and this gets complicated, that ATI was really started by the American Traditions Partnership which was a name change from Western Traditions Partnership (everybunny knows that). Well, so what?
Turns out that WTP in applying for its tax exempt status told the IRS that they needed expedited consideration because their existence depended on a $300K donation from one Jacob Jabs who was not going to hold the money forever. Well, so what?
Well turns out that Jacob Jabs spoke to Pro Publica and Frontline and had an interesting non story to tell
“I think they just grabbed my name out of a hat to forward their agenda,” Jabs told us. “I know nothing about the group, never heard of them, never have heard of them until the last few days, and I did not, absolutely did not, commit $300,000 to start this company.”and
"I did talk to Christian LeFer," Jabs said. "They basically admitted they used me to get their 501(c)(4) status." Jabs said he also contacted Reed, who did not call him back.and there is evidence
On Monday, we detailed how some of those documents pointed to WTP actively shaping the campaigns of candidates for state office in Montana. The documents, found in a meth house near Denver by a convicted felon in late 2010, indicate possible coordination between candidates and outside groups. Outside groups and candidates are not allowed to coordinate.Well, so what? Well he also talked to the Bozeman Daily Chronicle.
Well, so what? Well, there is an important US Election going on and interesting things are happening in Montana