WaPo: Tea Party PACs spend most of their cash on themselves

posted at 2:01 pm on April 28, 2014 by Ed Morrissey

As Matea Gold points out in her report, this makes Tea Party PACS somewhat similar to other PACs in the political arena — but “business as usual” isn’t the point of the Tea Party, either. In the Washington Post analysis of contributions and expenditures from Tea Party-related PACs, less than half of the intake goes to candidates or independent expenditures on races and issues. Most of the money ends up funding the organizations and their consultants:

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, according to the analysis, which was based on campaign finance data provided by the Sunlight Foundation. …

Roughly half of the money — nearly $18 million — has gone to pay for fundraising and direct mail, largely provided by Washington-area firms. Meanwhile, tea party leaders and their family members have been paid hundreds of thousands of dollars in consulting fees, while their groups have doled out large sums for airfare, a retirement plan and even interior decorating. …

Three well-known groups — the Tea Party Patriots, the Tea Party Express and the Madison Project — have spent 5 percent or less of their money directly on election-related activity during this election cycle. Two other prominent tea party groups, the Senate Conservatives Fund and FreedomWorks, have devoted about 40 percent of their money to direct candidate support such as ads and yard signs.

On average, super PACs had spent 64 percent of their funds on directly helping candidates by roughly this stage in the 2012 election cycle, according to Federal Election Commission data.

None of this is illegal, nor is it terribly unusual in the industry. There are, though, a few questionable relationships between PAC officials and vendors. Tea Party Patriots finance director Richard Norman has direct-mail firms that got $2.7 million worth of business from the PAC for fundraising campaigns. Senate Conservatives Fund has paid almost $300,000 to vendors owned by its executive director, Matt Hoskins. Gold challenged Tea Party Express chief Sal Russo in particular, who responded that the figures don’t tell the whole story:

The Tea Party Express, a PAC run out of Sacramento by longtime Republican consultant Sal Russo, has paid Russo’s firm $2.75 million since the beginning of 2013, while donating just $45,000 to candidates and spending less than $162,000 on ads and bus tours supporting their election.

Russo said that figure was misleading because most of the payments to his firm were reimbursements for the cost of staffing the elaborate bus tours and rallies that the group holds around the country.

“Everything goes on our credit card,” he said. “Sometimes there’s up to 45 people that we’ve got to feed and house.”

Those activities, while not explicit political expenditures, give a bigger return than expensive television ads, Russo said.

Gold suggests that this is just the natural metamorphosis from grassroots to professional character in the Tea Party. Fundraising costs money, and those costs do tend to be front-loaded in cycles, too. Still, even for this early in the cycle the balance seems far off from what most Tea Party activists would have in mind for their contributions.

Jennifer Rubin expresses outrage over the “charlatans” exposed by the report:

Republicans who have been targeted as sell-outs by these groups have every right to be infuriated. They’ve been used to generate huge money – for the PAC leaders. It is good business to harangue mainstream Republicans, fundraise off of the “sell outs” and then reap the rewards. The notion that these groups are helping the GOP or the country is preposterous. A senior GOP aide told Right Turn. “It seems pretty clear that these so-called Tea Party leaders are more interested in lining their own pockets than living by the values and principles of the millions of Americans who have donated their hard-earned dollars to support the conservative cause.” …

It will be interesting to see if rabid rightwing blogs and high-powered talk show hosts which often team up with these groups – carrying their message, giving free media time, interviewing the groups’ leaders, amplifying their attacks against incumbent Republicans — express outrage and call for an end to the fleecing of donors. After all, it is their readers and listeners who have been ripped off. And will Jim DeMint, who founded the Senate Conservatives Fund and now heads the Heritage Foundation also denounce these practices? Silence would speak volumes.

In order for the Tea Party to have an impact on politics, it had to organize and do so professionally, and that organization flowed up from its grassroots beginnings. That process was always going to be bumpy, but it’s time to get the same kind of accountability from these groups that they demand from government and elected officials. It’s the donors who are owed that accountability, and perhaps should approach groups with a little more scrutiny in the future.

However, just because some of these groups may (or may not) have “fleeced” donors doesn’t make their political agenda incorrect, either. It just means that the Tea Party may need to go a little Tea Party on their own “establishment.” Let’s see if the Tea Party movement can police itself.


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There’s a sucker born every minute.

spd rdr on April 28, 2014 at 2:05 PM

Tea Party PACs spend most of their cash on themselves

And the sky is blue and grass is green.

coolrepublica on April 28, 2014 at 2:07 PM

Let’s see if the Tea Party movement can police itself.

I don’t know about any other Tea Party Groups, but the one in Louisville KY was headed up by a registered Democrat so this all seems natural.

Johnnyreb on April 28, 2014 at 2:07 PM

I just donate to the candidate and sometimes only to send a message. I need clarification. Are these PACs the ones that are under scrutiny by the IRS because I was under the impression that the couldn’t promote actual candidates. You know politics isn’t of the people when the people can’t even keep the score card correct.

Cindy Munford on April 28, 2014 at 2:08 PM

A political movement that’s been around for five years should be just as knowledgeable about how to raise and spend money as a movement that’s been around for a hundred or more. Otherwise, it’s run by a den of thieves.

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Occams Stubble on April 28, 2014 at 2:10 PM

Occams Stubble on April 28, 2014 at 2:10 PM

The Tea Party never has and never will get to play by the same rules as the rest of the political class or make any mistakes. That’s why it is destined to fail, the establishment and the media will see to that.

Cindy Munford on April 28, 2014 at 2:12 PM

Jennifer Rubin expresses outrage over the “charlatans” exposed by the report

Spare us your “outrage”, Jennifer. Because we know you’re such a strong and vocal supporter of “tea party” types and all…

bofh on April 28, 2014 at 2:14 PM

The Tea Party movement will never fail.

Individual leaders may fall by the wayside.

faraway on April 28, 2014 at 2:16 PM

Only the fools did not know this… Lot of snake oil sales people are claiming to be Tea Party leaders and activists… Remember, it is always about the money…

mnjg on April 28, 2014 at 2:17 PM

And the sky is blue and grass is green.

coolrepublica on April 28, 2014 at 2:07 PM

The sky is never blue.

It is also immoral to allow a sucker to keep his/her dough.

Go DIABLOs!!!

Schadenfreude on April 28, 2014 at 2:17 PM

Spare us your “outrage”, Jennifer (Rubin). Because we know you’re such a strong and vocal supporter of “tea party” types and all…

bofh on April 28, 2014 at 2:14 PM

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Pretty much how I take it.

listens2glenn on April 28, 2014 at 2:19 PM

The Tea Party never has and never will get to play by the same rules as the rest of the political class or make any mistakes. That’s why it is destined to fail, the establishment and the media will see to that.

Cindy Munford on April 28, 2014 at 2:12 PM

There has never been an official party called tea party and will never be… Internet junkies and people who throw red meat do not make a party…

mnjg on April 28, 2014 at 2:19 PM

The Tea Party movement will never fail.

Individual leaders may fall by the wayside.

faraway on April 28, 2014 at 2:16 PM

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Dittos.

listens2glenn on April 28, 2014 at 2:20 PM

…uh oh!

KOOLAID2 on April 28, 2014 at 2:21 PM

Wake up America. You are robbed by all politicians, but the harlots are YOU.

Schadenfreude on April 28, 2014 at 2:22 PM

Let’s see if the Tea Party movement can police itself.


Ed
, you REALLY should have included a /s tag after that line …

… because there is NO WAY you a proud GOPer like you would make such a ludicrous statement without expecting it to be ridiculed, right?

With the GOPe Donor Class literally issuing public political threats against the Tea Party supported members of Congress since last October, it would be the HEIGHT of hypocrisy to suggest the Tea Party police itself when the RNC is now just a branch office of the Economic Elites, Inc., right Ed?

PolAgnostic on April 28, 2014 at 2:25 PM

Surprise. Shyster money grubbing groups latching on to a grass roots movement do what every other shyster money grubbing group does, including those we think are doing charity.

TinFin on April 28, 2014 at 2:26 PM

The TEA party is manna from Heaven for the R/D rats.

Here’s laughing at the destruction of all.

The land deserves to catapult into a deep abyss, likely never to recover. It’s self-made, from all sides.

Schadenfreude, pure!!!

Schadenfreude on April 28, 2014 at 2:28 PM

Geez. I would never have guessed.

Any email that addresses me as “Dear Patriot” and closes with “Yours in Liberty” is charlatan city.

kevinkristy on April 28, 2014 at 2:29 PM

The Tea Party never has and never will get to play by the same rules as the rest of the political class or make any mistakes. That’s why it is destined to fail, the establishment and the media will see to that.

Cindy Munford on April 28, 2014 at 2:12 PM

There has never been an official party called tea party and will never be… Internet junkies and people who throw red meat do not make a party…

mnjg on April 28, 2014 at 2:19 PM

You’re living fat and high on their sweeping votes in 2010, you and shills like Boehner forget who got them there.
It wasn’t the PACS, it was the people. So, keep bashing the tea party. They uphold what the GOP used to believe in.

TinFin on April 28, 2014 at 2:30 PM

P. T. Barnum was correct.

simkeith on April 28, 2014 at 2:31 PM

Seems reasonable they would spend most of their money on themselves since the IRS was after them.

RayBacliff on April 28, 2014 at 2:31 PM

OT- I now wonder if the Clipper players will refuse to accept their paychecks/money from the white racist. Ya think!

rjoco1 on April 28, 2014 at 2:32 PM

Are these PACs the ones that are under scrutiny by the IRS because I was under the impression that the couldn’t promote actual candidates. You know politics isn’t of the people when the people can’t even keep the score card correct.

Cindy Munford on April 28, 2014 at 2:08 PM

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No, Cindy, these are NOT the same. The non-profit, tax exempt organizations being persecuted by the IRS have been ridiculously straight arrows making the IRS, DoJ & RNC supported (You’ll never see Boehner seat a Select Committee to investigate the IRS) attacks all the more vile.

The PAC’s can be completely controlled, directed and effectively for the benefit of one individual, if they are set up that way, since they PAY taxes on the funds they raise.

Please note: Ed Morissey made ZERO effort to make a distinction between the two OR to highlight the “guilt by association” smear aspects of the WaPo article.

PolAgnostic on April 28, 2014 at 2:33 PM

Oh look, another anti-tea party post by hot air’s vice-rino Ed Morrissey. Ed, please take your reason and facts somewhere else. They aren’t welcome here..

Now where is my checkbook? The Tea Party Express tells me they can repeal Obamacare with my additional 10 dollar donation!

NoStoppingUs on April 28, 2014 at 2:33 PM

Seems reasonable that they would spend most of their money on themselves since the IRS was out to get them.

RayBacliff on April 28, 2014 at 2:33 PM

It seems pretty clear that these so-called Tea Party leaders are more interested in lining their own pockets

Of course they are. Of course.

budfox on April 28, 2014 at 2:33 PM

You’re living fat and high on their sweeping votes in 2010, you and shills like Boehner forget who got them there.
It wasn’t the PACS, it was the people. So, keep bashing the tea party. They uphold what the GOP used to believe in.

TinFin on April 28, 2014 at 2:30 PM

What tea party you idiot? Talking about the tea party in the media, on talk radio, and the internet does not make it party… Did I see a candidate on the ballot under the “tea party” name?

mnjg on April 28, 2014 at 2:34 PM

mnjg on April 28, 2014 at 2:19 PM

That’s true. Considering who diverse our groups have been I don’t understand why the Republicans haven’t been more interested in their support.

Cindy Munford on April 28, 2014 at 2:34 PM

I send my contributions directly to candidates recommended Palin or Cruz, but not all such candidates. I try to read between the lines of endorsements.

GaltBlvnAtty on April 28, 2014 at 2:35 PM

NEVER give money to anyone but the candidates – directly.

If you give money to a PAC or a Party – you’re a fool.

jake-the-goose on April 28, 2014 at 2:36 PM

Seems reasonable they would spend most of their money on themselves since the IRS was after them.

RayBacliff on April 28, 2014 at 2:31 PM

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In other words, the Tea Party organizations were forced to spend money on themselves, due to the IRS harassment … right ?

listens2glenn on April 28, 2014 at 2:38 PM

In the Washington Post analysis of contributions and expenditures from Tea Party-related PACs, less than half of the intake goes to candidates or independent expenditures on races and issues. Most of the money ends up funding the organizations and their consultants:

And? How is this different from Harry Reid or Killary Klinton going whoring for funds? But when I read this in yesterday’s paper was that Gold pretty much makes the Tea Party PACs into some sort of generic widget. I’m willing that she would be far more careful in differentiating between the missions of various progressive PACs.

Happy Nomad on April 28, 2014 at 2:38 PM

I also send dollars to many candidates recommended by Prof. William Jacobson at Legal Insurrection.

GaltBlvnAtty on April 28, 2014 at 2:40 PM

You’re living fat and high on their sweeping votes in 2010, you and shills like Boehner forget who got them there.
It wasn’t the PACS, it was the people. So, keep bashing the tea party. They uphold what the GOP used to believe in.

TinFin on April 28, 2014 at 2:30 PM

What tea party you idiot? Talking about the tea party in the media, on talk radio, and the internet does not make it party… Did I see a candidate on the ballot under the “tea party” name?

mnjg on April 28, 2014 at 2:34 PM

Calm down, Nancy. If you don’t understand it, you never will. Sorry, you will just have to be angry and blow a gasket and be frustrated forever. The rest of us tea partiers know. Wink wink.

TinFin on April 28, 2014 at 2:41 PM

jake-the-goose on April 28, 2014 at 2:36 PM

True but I think it is good to donate to the House Republicans election committee and the Senate Republicans election committee as I am intending to do this year. No more money for the RNC or any other PAC as they are full of idiotic consultants taking a large portion of the donations…

mnjg on April 28, 2014 at 2:41 PM

In other words, the Tea Party organizations were forced to spend money on themselves, due to the IRS harassment … right ?

listens2glenn on April 28, 2014 at 2:38 PM

No. That’s ridiculous. So ridiculous it’s something I’d expect to read from the crazies here.

These guys are a bunch of corrupt scammers. But they have Tea Party in the name of their organizations, so they must be the good guys. They’re being persecuted by someone, surely. Probably the “evil establishment!!1!”.

joana on April 28, 2014 at 2:41 PM

This day just keeps getting better and better. What a treat!

TinFin on April 28, 2014 at 2:42 PM

Calm down, Nancy. If you don’t understand it, you never will. Sorry, you will just have to be angry and blow a gasket and be frustrated forever. The rest of us tea partiers know. Wink wink.

TinFin on April 28, 2014 at 2:41 PM

You know nothing idiot… You have and many other internet political junkies have a very inflated idea of themselves…

mnjg on April 28, 2014 at 2:43 PM

Calm down, Nancy. If you don’t understand it, you never will. Sorry, you will just have to be angry and blow a gasket and be frustrated forever. The rest of us tea partiers know. Wink wink.

TinFin on April 28, 2014 at 2:41 PM

You know nothing idiot… You have and many other internet political junkies have a very inflated idea of themselves…

mnjg on April 28, 2014 at 2:43 PM

We get a good laugh at you, though. You and your anger.

TinFin on April 28, 2014 at 2:44 PM

http://us2.campaign-archive2.com/?u=378811b3c052d40a005861416&id=23e124e09c&e=515315fb3b

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.

We at Tea Party Patriots use email and direct mail to not only raise small dollar contributions from thousands of people but also to communicate directly with our members on important issues: the IRS targeting scandal, the national debt, taxes and spending, ObamaCare, Benghazi, and immigration reform, to name just a few. These are the same issues the so-called “mainstream” media either fail to cover at all or cover in ways that distort the truth.

In less than five years, we have placed over a quarter of a billion (with a b) email messages directly into the inboxes of conservative Americans. In the mail, we have disseminated over 34.7 million messages into mailboxes of our citizens. Over 1.2 million people have signed online petitions or taken some other activist action from email communications and over 600,000 have signed hard-copy petitions or taken some other step in activism related to our principles. Since October, we have generated over 3 million calls into congressional offices supporting our issues.

Each week through our communication efforts in snail mail, email, radio advertising, social media and through the dedicated efforts of individual patriotic Americans, we spread the message to local volunteer networks and we reach over 20 million Americans with our vision for the country’s future: a nation where personal freedom is cherished and where all Americans are treated equally, assuring the ability of all Americans to pursue their American Dream.

All of the money spent by Tea Party Patriots goes to advance Tea Party principles and issues, and that spent by Tea Party Patriots Citizens Fund helps candidates who support those same principles: personal freedom, economic freedom, and a debt free future.

The media conveniently (and, quite possibly, deliberately) overlooks a fundamental fact of American politics for the last 50 years – the virtual monopoly of control over the so-called “mainstream” media enjoyed by our political opponents – in both parties.

Because we (and our allies) cannot rely on being able to spread our message through ABC, CBS, NBC, The New York Times, The Washington Post, or scores of other so-called “mainstream” media outlets, we have been forced to create our own channels of communications, so we can speak directly to our supporters and potential supporters without waiting for “permission” from the editors of The New York Times.

Consequently, while the Tea Party Patriots is grassroots-based and volunteer driven, altruism inevitably meets reality; it costs money to operate an organization of this magnitude.

When we hire an employee, he or she is paid to work toward our mission. When we travel, it is to work toward our mission. When we lease an office, it is to have a place to work to advance our mission. When we pay for training and tools for our volunteers, it is so that they can better accomplish our mission. When we buy supplies, buy equipment, pay contractors, pay lawyers, pay for parking, pay for anything and everything we buy, it is all to accomplish our mission.

When we formed the Tea Party Patriots in 2009 – and when we started the Citizens Fund in 2013 – we knew the mainstream media would oppose us. So now we are not surprised when high-level politicians in the Republican Establishment have joined forces with the liberal media to smear us. In fact, it tells us we’re doing something right.

The Establishment sees its hold on power threatened, and the liberal media remain frustrated that they no longer have a monopoly on the flow of information. We expect both to ramp up their attacks in the coming months. The more successful we are, the more vicious the attacks.

We’re going to keep fighting for personal freedom, economic freedom, and a debt free future. Smears from the liberal media and GOP Establishment will not deter us. We wear them as badges of honor.

For Freedom,
Tea Party Patriots Support Team
Tea Party Patriots Citizens Fund Support Team

dforston on April 28, 2014 at 2:45 PM

In order for the Tea Party to have an impact on politics, it had to organize and do so professionally, and that organization flowed up from its grassroots beginnings. That process was always going to be bumpy…

Correct.


…but it’s time to get the same kind of accountability from these groups that they demand from government and elected officials.

Double correct


It’s the donors who are owed that accountability, and perhaps should approach groups with a little more scrutiny in the future.

Triple correct.

Sacramento on April 28, 2014 at 2:46 PM

The groups that organize and get people on the ground to knock on doors will get a bit of my cash. That is actual hard work to do and seeing as how some candidates are clueless on how to campaign, this is getting to be important.

Other cash go to candidates I like, without regard to party.

The rest get zilch.

I can decide who I send money to directly, I don’t need the help of a group to do that, especially ones that only put a few tenths of a cent per dollar towards that activity.

ajacksonian on April 28, 2014 at 2:47 PM

I decided to look up the Main Street Republican Partnership, something bloggers here would never bother to do because they see people like LaTourette as the good guy.
- – - – - – - – - -
Revenue 1,074,052
Salaries 472,414
Fundraising expenses 442,021
Grants to govs & other orgs 73,536
consulting 99,180
Employees 3
source
– - – - – - – - –
The bottom line is if you want money spent on the candidate than give it to him or her directly. Even then they can still waist it on the same people you are trying to keep it away from. Romney spent a small fortune on various GOP consultants that did nothing more than blast about spam email and snail mail to people who were already going to vote for him.

Wigglesworth on April 28, 2014 at 2:47 PM

There are plenty of PACs out there that are worth of conservatives donations.

Still, in case of doubt, it’s better to donate directly to candidates or to the NRCC/NRSC.

Or to the local party structures if one is willing to get involved and/or thrusts the people in charge.

Or, on a different level, ideological but not campaign related organizations, like the Heritage Foundation.

Important rule: never donate anything through direct mail. Just pretend you never got the request and donate it directly through the candidate’s webside or buy an envelop to send the check.

joana on April 28, 2014 at 2:48 PM

This doesn’t really surprise me after seeing how badly Mr. “I’m so business” Romney squandered the vast majority of his cash.

GOP political consultants and vendors are some of the sleaziest out there, from all that I’ve seen.

Targeted Victory, Zac Moffat’s outfit, is a great example — Romney spent damn near $100 million dollars for a couple of EMAILS. EMAILS people, $100 million dollars…WTF?

Meanwhile, they spent ‘only a small portion’ of their funds on ORCA, which failed miserably because it was more or less conceived and designed in a basement by a few people who probably don’t ever leave there — Whereas Narwhal was created by Silicon Valley types.

It doesn’t surprise me that the Tea Parties would turn out to be engaging in this same sort of cronyism (let’s call a spade a spade) and waste.

Makes me ashamed to be associated with any of it.

nullrouted on April 28, 2014 at 2:48 PM

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…

Honestly, I don’t understand the problem here. I contribute to one of the groups specifically mentioned, and what I want them to do is rally people to issues and principles, not specific candidates. In fact, I think these groups start skating on thinner ice if they enter the endorsement game.

Ricard on April 28, 2014 at 2:53 PM

Would rather Tea Partiers NOT support GOP candidates especially after establishment figures announced “ObamaCare is here to stay” and “Amnesty by August!”

Who are we supposed to support, yo?

casuist on April 28, 2014 at 2:57 PM

Seams reasonable that the Tea Party PACs spend most of their money on themselves since it’s well known that the IRS is out to get them.

RayBacliff on April 28, 2014 at 3:01 PM


This doesn’t really surprise me after seeing how badly Mr. “I’m so business” Romney squandered the vast majority of his cash.

Romney’s electoral magic consisted in how easily swindled he was by every state-level political huckster. He put proof to the proposition that you can’t win elections with just your checkbook, twice.

casuist on April 28, 2014 at 3:01 PM

In order for the Tea Party to have an impact on politics, it had to organize and do so professionally, and that organization flowed up from its grassroots beginnings.

Given the 2010 midterms, I don’t know that this statement necessarily holds true. As I remember it, these organized groups were not well funded at that time and the Tea Party seems to have had more of an impact on politics in 2010 than they do now.

airupthere on April 28, 2014 at 3:06 PM

*snip*

Still, in case of doubt, it’s better to donate directly to

candidates or to the NRCC/NRSC.

*snip*

joana on April 28, 2014 at 2:48 PM


See how easy it is to slip a piece of misdirection in for those who read but can’t comment?

The National Republican Congressional Committee & the National Republican Senatorial Committee are BOTH embodiments of the RNC/GOPe and have as much to do with Conservative Principles as a fish does with a bicycle.

They have even LESS in common with Tea Party principles.

PolAgnostic on April 28, 2014 at 3:06 PM

GOP political consultants and vendors are some of the sleaziest out there, from all that I’ve seen.

nullrouted on April 28, 2014 at 2:48 PM

At the local level, too. A bunch of snakes but “everyone” hires them. They’re despicable.

MIL asked me which TEA Party group she should donate to and I told her none of them. If you want to donate, donate to a good local candidate. Now, after meeting some of the behind-the-scenes GOP grifters, I even question that wisdom.

Fallon on April 28, 2014 at 3:08 PM

PolAgnostic on April 28, 2014 at 3:06 PM

Yup. RNC/NRSC/NRCC are all the same. I would donate money to a homeless drunk before I would give it to any of those 3 organizations.

Wigglesworth on April 28, 2014 at 3:10 PM

It will take more than sending money to these “national” groups to turn things around politically. Conservatives need to get into the real ball game of politics where they each live. The Republican Party is the best political tool we have and we are not using it. It’s there for the taking.

It’s all explained in Richard Viguerie’s new book which, ironically, has a foreword by Jenny Beth Martin.

http://www.conservativehq.com/article/16925-today-conservative-takeover-gop-starts-your-neighborhood

Most of the book is the history of the war between conservatives and progressives for control of the Party. The last two chapters spell out HOW conservatives can take over the Party at the precinct level, which then gets them control over the entire Party apparatus. (I have no financial interest in the book.)

I hope this helps.
Thank you.

Cold Warrior on April 28, 2014 at 3:10 PM

Most of the book is the history of the war between conservatives and progressives for control of the Party. The last two chapters spell out HOW conservatives can take over the Party at the precinct level, which then gets them control over the entire Party apparatus. (I have no financial interest in the book.)

I hope this helps.
Thank you.

Cold Warrior on April 28, 2014 at 3:10 PM

Reading Takeover right now. I became an elected PC because of you, Cold Warrior. Thank you for all you do.

Fallon on April 28, 2014 at 3:13 PM

Probably the “evil establishment!!1!”.

joana on April 28, 2014 at 2:41 PM

Lanceman. Did you see that little slip?

Bmore on April 28, 2014 at 3:16 PM

This is why I donate only to myself.

I can’t tell you how many hundreds of conservative groups call asking for my money, groups I’ve never heard of, and I give the stock answer: “Give me your website and I’ll check it out.”

Bishop on April 28, 2014 at 3:16 PM

Important rule: never donate anything through direct mail. Just pretend you never got the request and donate it directly through the candidate’s webside or buy an envelop to send the check.

joana on April 28, 2014 at 2:48 PM

That’s crazy and you’re dumb.

Bishop on April 28, 2014 at 3:20 PM

Do not believe anything you read in the MFM about the Tea Party or the GOP in general, at least until you can confirm it independently.

The MFM knows it failed to see what was happening in 2010 and it is not making that mistake this year. It is an all-out psy-ops war between now and November designed to depress GOP turnout. That and wedge issues to make us fight amongst ourselves (immigration) are all the Dems have left.

Don’t let them get away with it (again).

Missy on April 28, 2014 at 3:24 PM

I thought everybody knew this already. Old news

Tea party started out as a grassroots movement …quickly was taken over by $$ opportunists.

I have never given a dime to a tp organization and don’t plan to

Research how political ‘pacs’ spend their money. Sarah Palin spends a lot of her ‘pac’ $ on herself. And when she speaks at a TP event, she is paid very well. It’s all about the money.

Sad but true

Redford on April 28, 2014 at 3:26 PM

So the organizations that sprouted from the original philosophy of Taxed Enough Already are getting resistance from the Manure Spreading Media, The Gimmedats and now the GOP (a.k.a. Stupid Party)?

Sounds like the TEA organizations are OVER THE TARGET because that, as we know, is where the flak is heaviest.

Missilengr on April 28, 2014 at 3:37 PM

I get scammy “Dear Patriot” emails all the time from grifters asking fools to donate $5.00 (or more!) to “DRAFT Sarah Palin” or “DRAFT Andrew Napolitano”. Dan Backer is one of the people pushing these cons (can’t remember if he was part of both the DRAFT Palin and DONATE or DRAFT Napolitano and DONATE schemes, or just one of them). Another con is “STOP HARRY REID PAC” (this came from a “Greg Campbell”). Riiiiight. Like your generous DONATION is really going to stop him.

All these emails come Paramount Communications, who must be making a pretty penny enabling these con artists.

Buy Danish on April 28, 2014 at 3:45 PM

If you give money to a PAC or a Party – you’re a fool.

jake-the-goose on April 28, 2014 at 2:36 PM

Except Sarah’s Pac.

Buttercup on April 28, 2014 at 4:04 PM

If you give money to a PAC or a Party – you’re a fool.

jake-the-goose on April 28, 2014 at 2:36 PM

Except Sarah’s Pac.

Buttercup on April 28, 2014 at 4:04 PM

Because Sarah’s Pac is sooooo much better. lol

coolrepublica on April 28, 2014 at 4:11 PM

This just in: Tea Party PACs practice TeaPublican economics.

Constantine on April 28, 2014 at 4:17 PM

If you are very wealthy and have given the max to individual candidates, then PAC donations make sense. All PACS are not fly-by-night scamming operations like these Tea Party PACS which are all blah blah blah about “Patriots”,”Washington” and the “Establishment”. And if you want the GOP to retake the Senate, donations to the party are also important and necessary.

Buy Danish on April 28, 2014 at 4:22 PM

WaPo: Tea Party PACs spend most of their cash on themselves

According to Del’s Hot Air posting rules, the Washington Post can’t be used as a source to make a point.

That said, Jenny Beth Martin says “Show Me the Money”:

Martin, the super PAC’s chairwoman, oversees all its expenditures, according to Broughton, meaning she sets her own $15,000 monthly fee for strategic consulting — payments that have totaled $120,000 since July.

She also draws a salary as president of the Tea Party Patriots’ nonprofit arm — getting more than $272,000 in the 2012 fiscal year, according to the group’s most recent tax filing.

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.

rukiddingme on April 28, 2014 at 4:27 PM

And if you want the GOP to retake the Senate, donations to the party are also important and necessary.

Buy Danish on April 28, 2014 at 4:22 PM

Nah, they don’t want our $100 donations. They have bigger fish to fry. ;-)

Fallon on April 28, 2014 at 4:27 PM

The TEA Party of course got attacked by the DNC, but also by the MSM, and the GOP…and the sheeple out there in general thought the whole thing was silly and everything would be just fine, and that we were overreacting to the likes of Obama and Co. as well as Washington in general.

Those who will howl the loudest will be mostly those that thought the TEA Party movement was dumb and a waste of time, that the “pendulum” will magically swing back to good economic times, and that Obama wasn’t as bad as we said…and they will still think that way when they’re working harder and harder for less and less.

Dr. ZhivBlago on April 28, 2014 at 4:33 PM

As I have said all along, the “Tea Party” was not organized at all. These groups usurped the name to gain power and influence for themselves. Now, they all share at least most of the TP ideology, but they’ve added in their own, and between their trying to fit the TP logo on things it never discussed, their overall attitudes, and their fundraising appeals, they have cut TP favorability in HALF since 2009.

Meanwhile, tea party leaders and their family members have been paid hundreds of thousands of dollars in consulting fees, while their groups have doled out large sums for airfare, a retirement plan and even interior decorating. …

S U C K E R S !

Adjoran on April 28, 2014 at 4:36 PM

Buy Danish on April 28, 2014 at 3:45 PM

I get scammy emails and letters from the RNC, NRSC and NRCC every day.

Here’s one today from the NRCC

Sucker,

Time to upgrade to gold.

Because you are one of our most valued supporters, I wanted to invite you to upgrade your NRCC membership to our special Majority Gold level.

Our Majority Gold Members are elite supporters who play a vital role in putting an end to Obama’s big-government policies.

You have been there for us before—can we count on your help again?

Contribute just $25 in the next 24 hours and you will automatically become a NRCC Majority Gold Member.

Your support today will help conservative candidates across the country combat the Obama money machine and the bias in the liberal media.

Brent, don’t miss this opportunity to upgrade to our Gold Membership today.

This upgrade offer won’t last long.

Sincerely,

Greg

Rep. Greg Walden
NRCC Chairman

Wigglesworth on April 28, 2014 at 4:40 PM

Give donations and you get rewarded with a deluge of junk mail from all these organizations for the rest of your life. Not to mention the phone calls. It’s turned me off political giving in general. Same way on the left too of course. One thing these groups all have in common is they like your money.

BushyGreen on April 28, 2014 at 4:45 PM

Give donations and you get rewarded with a deluge of junk mail from all these organizations for the rest of your life. Not to mention the phone calls. It’s turned me off political giving in general. Same way on the left too of course. One thing these groups all have in common is they like your money.

BushyGreen on April 28, 2014 at 4:45 PM

Same here. I started sending $0.99 donations in the pre-addressed/pre-paid envelopes. It was kind of a pain in the azz taping all of those pennies to the envelopes but the request have come to a trickle.

CTSherman on April 28, 2014 at 5:15 PM

Uh, Ed, when did you become naive? Do you really believe that Washington ComPost actually reports facts as news?

Let’s make it clear – these people who are fighting TPP are not objective and they sure don’t give a d@mn about conservative donors (the thought alone makes me laugh).

Jenny Beth Martin is worth every penny she gets paid. My wife is an unpaid state coordinator for TPP and she doesn’t have a problem with JBM’s pay. I support tea party activities of a disability check and I don’t have a problem with Jenny Beth’s pay.

So who are all these people who self-appoint to do an investigation and voila! they produce what they want to find? How about an expose on their pay? How about an expose on how many hours a week they go forth living out of suitcases to visit their supporters all over the country?

How about the same scrutiny applied to Billy Jeff Inc? How about SEIU officers? How about the ComPost pay attention to Dingy Harry Reid who uses his office to generate money for himself and his family?

I could go on but for crying out loud, Ed, please stop moving toward the establishment. Even a little. The establishment is how we got into the mess we are in – why would anybody stand near those types?

platypus on April 28, 2014 at 5:23 PM

Why does the Tea Party come up for all this extra scrutiny while Media Matters gets to keep its tax free status while David Brock is the keynote speaker at a Democrat fundraiser?

Cindy Munford on April 28, 2014 at 6:39 PM

Here’s one today from the NRCC

Sucker,

Time to upgrade to gold.

Because you are one of our most valued supporters, I wanted to invite you to upgrade your NRCC membership to our special Majority Gold level.

Our Majority Gold Members are elite supporters who play a vital role in putting an end to Obama’s big-government policies.

You have been there for us before—can we count on your help again?

Contribute just $25 in the next 24 hours and you will automatically become a NRCC Majority Gold Member.

Your support today will help conservative candidates across the country combat the Obama money machine and the bias in the liberal media.

Brent, don’t miss this opportunity to upgrade to our Gold Membership today.

This upgrade offer won’t last long.

Sincerely,

Greg

Rep. Greg Walden
NRCC Chairman

Wigglesworth on April 28, 2014 at 4:40 PM

LOL, come on. It started out as “Dear Fellow Conservative”, didn’t it? Talk about grifters.

ddrintn on April 28, 2014 at 7:13 PM

Why does the Tea Party come up for all this extra scrutiny while Media Matters gets to keep its tax free status while David Brock is the keynote speaker at a Democrat fundraiser?

Cindy Munford on April 28, 2014 at 6:39 PM

Because the “Tea Party” in its amorphous state is a threat to both the Dems and the GOPe.

ddrintn on April 28, 2014 at 7:15 PM

ddrintn on April 28, 2014 at 7:15 PM

Fascist cowards.

Cindy Munford on April 28, 2014 at 7:29 PM

This is no surprise to anyone with a phone that ever made the mistake of donating. They put you on a call list and then they spend all of the money donated running call centers to get more donations. The cited organizations are not the same as the non-profits going for tax exempt status like True the Vote.

In my opinion, The Tea Party Patriots are the worst. We get calls from them starting at 8:30 in the morning. They will call multiple times a day. Caller ID is a good thing.

talkingpoints on April 28, 2014 at 7:53 PM

Reading Takeover right now. I became an elected PC because of you, Cold Warrior. Thank you for all you do.

Fallon on April 28, 2014 at 3:13 PM

Fallon,
Thanks for getting involved where and how it really matters.
CW
http://theprecinctproject.wordpress.com

Cold Warrior on April 28, 2014 at 9:09 PM

When the Tea Party Patriots put on their big party for all of the TP elite a while back they lost me. I don’t trust any of the National TP groups. When I heard that Dick Armey was the big dog of Freedom Works (yeah I know he isn’t now) I said no way will they get a dime from me. Now the TP Express is hitting the road to go from town to town with their hands out. Sorry to say but the TP is all but dead IMHO.

Jackson on April 28, 2014 at 9:44 PM

I started sending my dollars directly to candidates in the 2008 election cycle. I’ve continued to do so. I’ve picked some winners, and some losers. But, it’s more satisfying to know they are getting my direct support.

I’ve been unsubscribing from most of the “tea party” group email and others who’ve been spamming mercilessly these past 3 years. Not effective, very annoying, especially once Other-In-Box stopped working in my yahoo account. Thousands of emails. Bah humbug. Going to gmail now, for the moment.

What we need is an infusion of patriots into the political system. Top to bottom. I think, we can be more effective, as individuals, at the local and state level. How the states go, so goes the Capital, eventually, in our system. Or at least, that’s how it should work.

We need people who will put, preferably God first, but not required, Family, Community, Nation, World, Solar System, Universe, Dimension, in that order. Also people who value and practice true tolerance. Honorable people with no dark skeletons in their closets. Everyday, ordinary people. Not the ivy-league, out for power elites that we seem to be getting.

I don’t want to punish, or destroy the rich, and connected. I don’t want them running my life.

Keith_Indy on April 30, 2014 at 12:21 PM