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Hey! How about those Oregon papers! Check out the lead for this story:

The most sweeping initiative on Oregon’s November ballot — a measure to cap state spending — is bankrolled by a New York real estate investor who has poured millions of dollars into similar government-limiting measures in 12 states this year, an analysis by The Oregonian shows.

Yes, the Oregonian has traced the money to spending-cap initiatives to Howard Rich. The article profiles Rich and notes that the connections have been made before, including by bloggers:

Many news outlets and political commentators have noted that Americans for Limited Government or the Fund for Democracy, based at Rich’s office in Manhattan, are funding initiative campaigns in multiple states. Bloggers, including two in Oregon, have mapped even more connections.An analysis of public records by The Oregonian, however, is the first to connect Rich to more than $7 million in contributions to initiatives this year.

That spending makes this a breakout year for Rich and his political organizations, which have never spent so much trying to shape state policies.

The story eked out a quote from Rich — nearly identical to that found in the High Country News article. Now the article doesn’t mention Montana specifically, but it does say it found evidence the Rich funded spending caps initiatives in 12 states, among which, one assumes, is Montana.

Okay…so…you know…maybe we could expect a story about Montana’s initiatives now? You know, now that the story was covered by a newspaper, not a blog or independent weekly?

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