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Sound And Fury, Signifying Not Very Much: If “electability” is really “an important factor,” maybe those Tea Party dollars ought to go to… say, candidates? From the WaPo: “A Washington Post analysis found that some of the top national tea party groups engaged in this year’s midterm elections have put just a tiny fraction of their money directly into boosting the candidates they’ve endorsed.” How much is a tiny fraction, anyway? “Out of the $37.5 million spent so far by the PACs of six major tea party organizations, less than $7 million has been devoted to directly helping candidates.” Ok well, that is actually pretty tiny. Where does the money go? A lot of it goes to Jenny Beth Martin, according to the Post: “Her twin salaries put her on track to make more than $450,000 this year, a dramatic change in lifestyle for the tea party activist, who had filed for bankruptcy in 2008 and then cleaned homes for a period of time to bring in extra money.“ Wowzers. We would chalk this up as an amateur misstep, but nobody who gets that much money can be called an amateur.”
First, congratulations to Jenny Beth Martin and the Tea Party leaders on their success, but “reinvesting” all the money back into direct mail is a tried and true ruse that’s been used to separate candidates from their donors’ money and load up the coffers at direct mail firms for years.
Second, we’ve heard lots of shouts of “follow the money” from the “Constitutional Conservative,” “True Conservative,” “Patriotic Conservative” and “non-RINO” wings of the Republican side of the aisle. Sometimes that’s all they say, as though that wins an argument. It looks like following the money will lead you to a very nice house. Made of glass.
How long before we get an email denouncing the “lib’rul media attacks” on the Tea Party and aski- oh wait! Here it is:
“Since the Tea Party movement began five years ago, we have been under attack by the media, declared dead over and over again and criticized by congressional leadership, from people like Mitch McConnell and John Boehner whom we thought would welcome our spirited work to help get our fiscal house in order. Yet, just as we are building for the 2014 elections, we see more and more scrutiny and more attempts to delegitimize the hard work of Tea Party members all over the country. Such was the case in a new story by the Washington Post Sunday.
We shouldn’t be surprised that the GOP establishment and the liberal media are coordinating their attacks against several leading Tea Party organizations and their leaders. In fact, look for another similar attack very soon from others.
These “news reports” include sensational allegations regarding what might appear to the uninformed as excessive fundraising costs. Their story line is that Tea Party Patriots and Tea Party Patriots Citizens Fund spend too much money on fundraising, with little left over to actually help drive our issues and help our endorsed candidates.
Nothing could be further from the truth.”
Look for another similar attack very soon? <sigh> Click the link to read the rest.