This sums up the Tea Party. Since 2009, a group of flustered conservatives have taken to the mainstream to protest what they feel is an intrusive, dismantled, over-spending government. What is truly astonishing is that the people who donate to Tea Party organizations are those who benefit from food stamps, the Affordable Care Act, and take the most in federal subsidies. While these Tea Party supporters protest wasteful spending, they have no idea that their donations are not going towards electing their candidates, but expenditures for midterms. AKA – their getting their pockets picked.
A Washington Post analysis recently found that many of the top national Tea Party groups engaged in this year’s midterm elections have put only a tiny fraction of their money directly into the campaigns of the candidates they’ve endorsed.The organizations and their contributions include:
- Of the $12.4 million raised by the Senate Conservative Action and Senate Conservative Fund, only 17% went directly to candidates, and 23% went to other expenditures
- Of the $7.7 million raised by the Tea Party Express, only 1% went directly to candidates, 2% to independent expenditures
- Of the $7.4 million raised by the Tea Party Patriots Citizens Fund, none went directly to candidates, and only 2% went to independent expenditures
- Of the $4.5 million raised by the Tea Party Leadership Fund, only 4% went directly to candidates, 8% to independent expenditures
- Of the $3.4 million raised by the Madison Project, only 2% went to candidates, 3% to independent expenditures
Independent expenditures was money spent advocating the election or defeat of a particular candidate. Apparently this is how they use their funds to create jobs (jobs to the 1% who run the show).
According to the Post’s findings, almost half of the money, nearly $18 million, that these Tea Party groups have on hand, have paid for numerous expenditures not associated with candidates, such as: fundraising and direct mail, which is provided by many Washington-area firms and think tanks.
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. Not surprisingly, the Tea Party leaders, the one’s who advocate for “smart spending” and their family members have been paid hundreds of thousands of dollars in consulting fees, while their groups have taken out large sums for their airfare, retirement plans and even interior decorating.
this is the real 411 on the Tea People who would destroy democracy and take us back to the old days of Jim Crow and White only public places, they don't realize they are still the majority because Fox and those complicit to the deception tell them they aren't.
G W Bush, "you can fool some of the people all of the time and those are the ones you want to concentrate on", their base definitly qualifies as "some of the people".