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Tea party PACs reap money for midterms,
but spend little on candidates

Washington Post, by Matea Gold

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Posted By:Pluperfect, 4/27/2014 11:26:21 AM

When the Tea Party Patriots threw its support last month behind Matt Bevin, the underdog conservative challenger trying to unseat top Senate Republican Mitch McConnell, President Jenny Beth Martin vowed the group would be “putting our money where our mouth is.” So far, its super PAC has mustered just $56,000 worth of mailers in Kentucky on Bevin’s behalf — less than half the amount it has paid Martin in consulting fees since July. The Tea Party Patriots Citizens Fund, which blew through nearly $2 million on expenses such as fundraising, polling and consultants in the first three months of this year,

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Send your money directly to the candidates, not to a PAC or any fund-raising group. That is, of course, if you mind having your donation go to paying the consultants.

      


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Reply 1 - Posted by: Periwinkel, 4/27/2014 11:32:53 AM     (No. 9826663)

Probably a good idea, OP. Are you doing the same with the RNC?

Wow, I´m shocked. It took OP till noon to find this. Someone´s slipping.

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Reply 2 - Posted by: Keekng, 4/27/2014 11:37:21 AM     (No. 9826667)

Poor ol´ WaPo. They cannot get over the fact the Tea Party is raising a ton of cash and not spending it as the progressives think it should be spent.

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Reply 3 - Posted by: tipover, 4/27/2014 11:42:30 AM     (No. 9826673)

So, they are not blowing all that money in the primaries as the Democrats wish; instead holding off for the actual contests against Demcrats? Funny that.

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Reply 4 - Posted by: Desert Fox, 4/27/2014 11:51:27 AM     (No. 9826686)



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Reply 5 - Posted by: Desert Fox, 4/27/2014 11:52:12 AM     (No. 9826687)

Another Day, Another chance to Smear and feed the Hate!

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Reply 6 - Posted by: StormCnter, 4/27/2014 11:53:41 AM     (No. 9826689)

Nah, #5. No need. We´ll be fine without your effort.

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Reply 7 - Posted by: ZurichMike, 4/27/2014 11:57:01 AM     (No. 9826695)

I just love it when the leftist media whores become genteel school marms when it comes to telling the GOP / Tea Party how to comport themselves.

Glass houses, baby, glass houses.

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Reply 8 - Posted by: offrope, 4/27/2014 12:08:33 PM     (No. 9826714)

We are operating outside of their ability to screw with us, and it´s driving them mad.

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Reply 9 - Posted by: Geoguy, 4/27/2014 12:14:51 PM     (No. 9826723)

OP, don´t the candidates have consultants they have to pay? Everyone has bills to pay and needs a source of income. So what´s the problem? Nobody should have to work for free if you´re running an organization. It´s a matter of degrees on how much you pay the organizational leaders. In the grand scheme of things I´m sure many political consultants make much more than Jenny Beth Martin.

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Reply 10 - Posted by: Susannah, 4/27/2014 12:29:16 PM     (No. 9826738)

Why not just donate directly to the candidate of your choice? People have been complaining about the Tea Party Patriots spending money frivolously since 2010; one of their directors quit because of his unhappiness with it. In their May 2011 990 report to the IRS, the TPP reported spending $250,000 on lawyers to take legal action against other tea parties. What´s up with that?

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Reply 11 - Posted by: Pluperfect, 4/27/2014 12:30:42 PM     (No. 9826740)

Every donor has a choice of where to send his or her money. I´m for sending it directly to the candidate so the candidate can decide where to put it.

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Reply 12 - Posted by: MDMuskrat, 4/27/2014 12:35:30 PM     (No. 9826745)

This posting and response #6 tell us all we need to know.

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Reply 13 - Posted by: Pros7767, 4/27/2014 12:41:05 PM     (No. 9826750)

#3, the primaries are where we get rid of the RINOs. It´s where the money should be spent ,IMHO.

As others have said, I donate directly to the candidates. That way I know they get it.

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Reply 14 - Posted by: TarAndFeathers, 4/27/2014 1:09:00 PM     (No. 9826777)

The TEA Party (in reality The TEA Parties) has matured to the state where it is seeking money for its own growth, rather than serving as the fiscal pass-through for contributions to worthy candidates. I won´t support such parasites, but I will support the candidates of my choice, directly.

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Reply 15 - Posted by: grace1798, 4/27/2014 1:26:15 PM     (No. 9826797)

If that immigration goes through, won´t matter how we vote. Immigration is a win for the Communist Demoncrats.......hands down!

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Reply 16 - Posted by: suedotsue, 4/27/2014 1:37:40 PM     (No. 9826811)

The TP Leadership fund mentioned in the article is part of a group that´s used a few different names since forming in 2009. As TheTeaParty.net they raised millions and spent almost nothing on conservative candidates. The group has long been pals with Grover Norquist and gives quite a lot of money to CPAC which they robustly defend. In other words, the group is a GOP establishment co-opt job. A fake. There are other fakes, but this is a big one.

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Reply 17 - Posted by: Rinktum, 4/27/2014 2:02:45 PM     (No. 9826825)

You are so right #14. People just can´t resist the temptation to grow their influence. I do not donate to anyone but the candidate of my choice. No more sending money to organizations that ultimately will spend it on consultants, pollsters and whatever else they may deem necessary. I never did like the idea of all these TEA Party organization because I knew where it would lead, and it has.

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Reply 18 - Posted by: littleorby, 4/27/2014 2:11:51 PM     (No. 9826833)

I´ve had mixed feeling about contributing to Tea Party groups, for the very reasons pointed out in this article. I also wonder ´now´ if past contributions made by my wife, and I to Save the Hungry Children kind of funds throughout the world weren´t actually monies given to child sex traffickers . . . have you ever seen a video of a ´former´ child recipient´s testimony in one of those groups ads? I´ve never!

But, I´m among the desperate seeking a remedy for our nation´s sickness, and will keep on giving to select Tea Party groups.

It´s a shame that politicians like John Boehner, a handsome, weak, alcoholic who sets a flutter the eyelids of the Lonely Hearted girls (such as the instant OP), is leading our nation to doom. Something MUST be done to compensate for their support of him.

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Reply 19 - Posted by: tyshab, 4/27/2014 2:21:26 PM     (No. 9826843)

I always take the WaPo with a grain of salt, however Martin´s $15,000 monthly fee for strategic consulting is too much for me to swallow. I do not care how many hours she works. That is $500.00 per day for a 30 day month! I have no issue with paying a fair rate but this is clearly excessive. Please don´t tell me how well paid the other guys are - bad behavior on the part of one does not justify it for the other.

The tea party was established to remind/educate us of the principles our country was founded on, to encourage folks to hold their elected representatives accountable and to encourage our active involvement in every level of government -- as a civic responsibility and service to our country. The tea party was not about creating another group of well paid professional lobbyists.

Unfortunately, it has been my experience that few have the stamina or desire to actively engage, in even local politics. Many donate so others will do it for them. This is why we always end up where we are--professional politicians, supported by professional lobbyists, instead of citizen representatives serving their country and then returning to their chosen professions.

The founders warned of the risk of providing both power and wealth to our government officials. They said it would attract the worst sort of people and the proof is before us.

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Reply 20 - Posted by: suziannr, 4/27/2014 2:24:41 PM     (No. 9826847)

Thank you #16 you said what I was thinking...faster and better than I would have!

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Reply 21 - Posted by: judy, 4/27/2014 2:52:18 PM     (No. 9826875)

One thing for sure Palin, Tea Party, & Jeb kept the WP in business, Bush & Cruz must feel so left out.

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Reply 22 - Posted by: 4Justice, 4/27/2014 3:55:38 PM     (No. 9826934)

It may be a WaPoo hit piece but the truth is the groups engaging in cronyism, nepotism, self-enrichment and other corrupt behaviors do not deserve our support. Over $50k to redecorate?? $450k income?? $7.5M taken in and not even $1M for candidates? Cost of training? These people are supposedly demanding fiscal responsibility, but they are throwing it around and paying themselves, friends and family "consulting fees" as if this was their own money. Then they hypocritically complain about the Obamas using our taxpayer money as their own. I know there are still many good, well-run TEA party groups who are more frugal and responsible, but these ones that are pulling this stuff are hurting the cause and need to be called on the carpet and disbanded before they do irreparable harm to the cause. Sorry, but sometimes truth hurts.

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Reply 23 - Posted by: Nevadadad46, 4/27/2014 7:08:46 PM     (No. 9827083)

Wife and I are fixed income...but, we still send Tea Party Express every spare dollar. Our nation and future of our grand children is at stake here!

We once were Republican supporters. But, not a dime goes to the lefty Pubes...never again! They have been sending me letters of begging from John McCain! Idiots! McCain is one of the main reasons we left the GOP!

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Reply 24 - Posted by: yorkiemom, 4/27/2014 9:16:52 PM     (No. 9827164)

As always, follow the money and that includes tea party groups money. You would almost swear some of them are acting like politicans.

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Reply 25 - Posted by: yorkiemom, 4/27/2014 9:18:57 PM     (No. 9827166)

Politicians in #24.

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Reply 26 - Posted by: Kerryman, 4/28/2014 11:29:54 PM     (No. 9828740)

4Justice:

I just saw the Tea Party Patriots Response which said this was justified by informing people in their letters and e-mail. That dog didn´t hunt 30 years ago when Viguerie tried it. 30 years ago there was no Fox, no Rush, no Lucianne, no Levin books and on and on.

The people that contribute think that their money is going to directly aid candidates in races. Read the FEC reports of the Tea Party Patriots Citizens Fund taking special note of the first quarter of 2014 where they disclose whom they helped and how.

I expect, but don´t know, if you got copies of letters that they sent on McConnell, Durbin, Braley and Bevin, you will find that the last page is send money to TPP. It´s a fundraising letter while taking credit for supporting or opposing the Candidates.

Stick with your effective local Tea Parties. We were on to this two years ago but couldn´t prove it till they started to file FEC Reports and you could see who benefited. I didn´t know enough about obtaining 990´s or I would have known a lot more a lot sooner.

It´s the old "I started out to do good and ended up doing well" story. Viguerie virtually invented this type of operation. Jenny Beth Martin just wrote the forward to his new book.

Semper Fi

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WASHINGTON — It was an enduring image of his presidency: a chastened Bill Clinton walking his dog while wife Hillary keeps her distance as the family leaves town at the height of the Monica Lewinsky scandal — but it was all part of a contrived public-repentance campaign, according to a new book. With Bill on the skids and his wife’s future prospects on the line, it was necessary for the pubic to see the president being punished, said Weekly Standard online editor Daniel Halper in his new book, “Clinton, Inc.: The Audacious Rebuilding of a Political Machine.” “They understood that


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