Files on 23 GOP candidates found in Colorado meth house

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Mysterious Docs Found in Meth House Reveal Inner Workings of Dark Money Group
October 29, 2012, 12:01 am ET by Kim Barker ProPublica and Rick Young and Emma Schwartz, FRONTLINE

Tomorrow night, in Big Sky, Big Money, a special investigation in collaboration with Marketplace, FRONTLINE travels to Montana, the remote epicenter of the campaign finance debate for a tale of money, politics and intrigue that shows how the Supreme Court’s Citizens United decision has changed campaigns in America. Read our previous story about how WTP may have misled the IRS, watch a preview, and check local listings to find out when the film airs on your local PBS station.

The boxes landed in the office of Montana investigators in March 2011.

Found in a meth house in Colorado, they were somewhat of a mystery, holding files on 23 conservative candidates in state races in Montana. They were filled with candidate surveys and mailers that said they were paid for by campaigns, and fliers and bank records from outside spending groups. One folder was labeled “Montana $ Bomb.”

The documents pointed to one outside group pulling the candidates’ strings: a social welfare nonprofit called Western Tradition Partnership, or WTP.

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