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Media Trackers: Taxpayers take $3 Million Loss in Sale of Story Mansion to Org Led by Former City Planner Epple

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MEDIA TRACKERS:  TAXPAYERS TAKE $3 MILLION LOSS IN SALE OF STORY MANSION TO ORG LED BY FORMER CITY PLANNER EPPLE

Watchdog Group Media Trackers Known for Revealing Government Waste, Corruption and Media Bias Sets Sights on Montana with New Operation

Bozeman, MT…May 9, 2012 – Media Trackers, the conservative non-profit, non-partisan investigative watchdog group that made national headlines last year exposing union tactics and media bias during the Wisconsin budget fight, has announced its expansion into Montana.  The group, dedicated to promoting accountability in the media and government, will maintain offices in Bozeman and deploy staff throughout the state.

Media Trackers Montana (MTM) hasn’t wasted any time getting started exposing government waste, and promoting accountability.  A recent Media Trackers report showed that more than $3.3 million in federal, state and local taxpayer money was invested by the City of Bozeman in the Story Mansion, yet the city inexplicably sold the property at a huge loss for $391,000.

The report, which uncovered the questionable sale by the city to a non-profit organization headed and founded by former Bozeman City Planner Andy Epple, reveals the beginnings of a potential fiscal fiasco in Bozeman. Evidence also suggests that the contract process was rigged by the city to sell the property at a loss to the group.  MTM is investigating possible impropriety concerning the sale.

“The more we dig into the sale of Story Mansion, the more questions we have and the more every Montana taxpayer should be concerned,” states Garrett Lenderman of Media Trackers Montana.  “We will continue our investigation into this issue and expose any questionable practices on the part of the City.  With this new office, we will be investigating other stories exposing corruption, bias and incompetence on all sides of the political spectrum in an effort to improve accountability here in Montana.”

“We’re very excited about the opportunity to expand our operation into Montana,” said Drew Ryun, president of Media Trackers.  “Our revealing investigations have helped drive national attention to issues of great public concern.  In Wisconsin, we’ve changed the debate and set a new standard for unapologetic, factual reporting.  We are dedicated to bringing that same standard and passion for the truth to Montana.”

Media Trackers uses investigative research and plain facts to force transparency through a variety of methods. The group aims to challenge the way news is reported and the way government institutions operate.

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