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Money matters dominate 2012 Montana elections


HELENA — The Montana 2012 election season has been dominated by battles over money that promise to continue long after Election Day — thanks largely to the anonymous backers of a Virginia-based nonprofit that Gov. Brian Schweitzer is now calling a "criminal organization."

Less than a week before the election, Schweitzer rallied a crowd against anonymous political money and American Tradition Partnership. The governor said the group is engaged in using "dirty, secret, corporate and foreign" money in a conspiracy to influence Montana elections.

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