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Montana protests and a break-in after 'Big Sky, Big Money'
Just days after the premiere of Marketplace's collaboration with Frontline, "Big Sky, Big Money" on PBS, there has already been significant reaction to the documentary. Protesters gathered in Helena, Mont., on Wednesday, waving signs and chanting against the group American Tradition Partnership. ATP’s outside counsel, Jim Brown, eventually greeted the crowd with a tin of Halloween candy.
Also, on Wednesday night, there was a break-in at the office of the Montana Commissioner on Political Practices (COPP), where documents related to the investigation of ATP had originally been held. Although reportedly, the ‘Colorado Documents’ – as they’re now known – weren’t actually at the COPP building anymore. Officials say they’d been moved to an off-site secure location. According to a report in the local Independent Record, nothing appeared to have been stolen. (Via Frontline).
New York Times reviews 'Big Sky, Big Money'
Today's New York Times takes a look at the collaboration between PBS Frontline and Marketplace, "Big Sky, Big Money." "Kai Ryssdal is a patient and clear guide through the Supreme Court decision on Citizens United, the rise of “super PACs” and the rules governing 501(c)(4) advocacy groups," writes Neil Genzlinger.
Kai Ryssdal on 'where all the money is coming from'
“The reason we’re seeing all this money is because of a case in the U.S. Supreme Court two years ago called Citizens United, which basically said companies and labor unions are free to spend as much money as they want on politics, independent of candidates and campaigns. So they can’t coordinate. But they can use union treasuries, they can use corporate treasuries, and they can spend as much as they want. So that’s where all the money is coming from.”
-- Kai Ryssdal on today's KPCC's Take Two show. Listen to the full interview here.
LISTEN: Kai Ryssdal on 'The Takeaway'
Marketplace host Kai Ryssdal talks to The Takeaway about reporting in Montana for Frontline and how Citizens United has affected campaign finance in federal, state and local elections. Read more and listen below.
Mysterious documents reveal influence of dark money groups in campaigns
Tomorrow night, in a collaboration with Marketplace, PBS Frontline presents "Big Sky, Big Money," an investigation into campaign finance and how the Supreme Court’s Citizens United decision has changed campaigns in America. Marketplace's Kai Ryssdal travels to Montana to examine the impact big money is having on the democratic process not just at the federal level, but in states and local communities.
Today, ProPublica and Frontline released their investigation on a box of stolen documents that were discovered in a meth house in Colorado in 2011, which play a major part of the "Big Sky, Big Money" investigation. The documents offer insight into "the growing influence on elections of dark money groups, tax-exempt organizations that can accept unlimited contributions and do not have to identify their donors." Read more about the documents here.
Then tune in to your local PBS station on Tuesday, Oct. 30 to see the hour-long documentary and learn more about this secret world of campaign financing.