WaPo Reports on Tea Party Spending

April 28, 2014 8:30 am

by Mike Hassinger · 8 comments

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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:

TEA PARTY PATRIOTS STATEMENT ON MEDIA ATTACKS AGAINST OUR MOVEMENT

“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.

View from Brookhaven April 28, 2014 at 9:28 am

Always the victim….but, at least now a well-paid victim!

xdog April 28, 2014 at 9:36 am

Grifters living large. Nice work if you can get it.

Here’s the chart for SarahPac. Got to love that entry for ‘Unclassifiable consulting’. https://www.opensecrets.org/pacs/expenditures.php?cycle=2014&cmte=C00458588

southernpol April 28, 2014 at 10:48 am

Bob Barr learned how to do this long before anyone else.
https://www.opensecrets.org/pacs/expenditures.php?cmte=C00340190&cycle=2008

John Walraven April 28, 2014 at 11:45 am

Their statement about “getting our fiscal house in order” needs a little polishing. The irony is too thick.

Will Durant April 28, 2014 at 1:16 pm

I am shocked, shocked I tell you…

On that note I would like to take this time to note that the Double-Dipped Penultimate Old-Line Orthodox Limbaugh-Is-A-Liberal Ultraconservatives of which I have both nominated and voted myself the Chairman and President, and will be hence referred to as Dear Leader, has recently been approved as a 501(c) organization. We are currently accepting donations with a twist, every charter member donating at least $250 will have the opportunity to advance to Gold membership by signing up at least 10 other members at the $250 level. Gold membership entitles you to a $50 gratuity directly from Dear Leader for every subsequent member they bring in. Novel idea, huh?

Just know that we stand for only TRUTH, JUSTICE, AND THE AMERICAN WAY (of fleecing the sheeple). Oh, and FAMILY VALUES AND FREEDOM OF RELIGION (Christian, that is), and all that other rot.

Left Turn Only April 28, 2014 at 2:29 pm

Alas, just as in the book, the pigs become indistinguishable from the humans.

Patrick Mayer April 28, 2014 at 3:16 pm

“All animals are equal, but some animals are more equal than others.” – Still one of the greatest books of all time.

Chris Huttman April 28, 2014 at 9:16 pm

The average Tea Partier, while shipping the latest Beanie Baby they’ve just sold on eBay, dreams of one day fleecing her fellow conservatives and entering the 1%. It’s the version of the American Dream they wholeheartedly endorse.

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