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Mon Dec 24, 2012, 10:55 PM

FreedomWorks Feud: War Inside Tea Party Group Gets Nastier


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http://www.motherjones.com/politics/2012/12/dick-armey-freedomworks-hostile-takeover-memo

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When the news broke in early December that former GOP Rep. Dick Armey had abruptly resigned as chairman of FreedomWorks, a powerhouse of the conservative movement and an instrumental force within the tea party, Armey maintained that the nasty split was due to differences he had with the top management of FreedomWorks about the group's operations and future. Immediately, media reports disclosed that Armey had been concerned that Matt Kibbe, the group's president, had used FreedomWorks resources to promote a book he had written (which was released in June) and that Armey himself had received an $8 million payout from a FreedomWorks board member to ease his departure. But internal documents obtained by Mother Jones show that the bitter war inside FreedomWorks has also resulted in allegations of staff wrongdoing (prompting an investigation by lawyers) and counter-allegations that Armey and his allies tried to turn FreedomWorks into a partisan outfit backing establishment Republicans over tea party insurgents.

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On December 12, James Burnley IV and C. Boyden Gray, two FreedomWorks board members (and allies of Armey), sent Kibbe a letter informing him that they had received "allegations of wrongdoing by the organization or its employees." They notified Kibbe that the group's board of trustees had retained two attorneys, Alfred Regnery and David Martin, to conduct an independent investigation of the allegations. Burnley and Gray ordered Kibbe to cooperate with the lawyers, to make sure no records were "destroyed, deleted, modified or otherwise tampered with," and to send Regnery a check for $25,000 to cover his initial fees. (Regnery, a prominent conservative, is the past president of Regnery Publishing, a right-wing firm that has put out books by Ann Coulter, Michelle Malkin, Pat Buchanan, and other notable conservatives.) The letter did not specify the allegations being investigated. In an interview with Mother Jones, Burnley declined to discuss the alleged wrongdoing at FreedomWorks. "The letter speaks for itself," he says. Gray, Kibbe, and a spokeswoman for FreedomWorks did not respond to requests for comment.

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Shortly after receiving the December 12 letter, Kibbe wrote a memo outlining his beef with Armey, Burnley, and Gray. In the document—titled "Republican Insiders Attempt Hostile Takeover of FreedomWorks"—Kibbe accused the three of being shills for the Republican establishment and undercutting the group's standing as an independent, non-partisan, conservative organization. (FreedomWorks has at times endorsed tea party candidates in primary elections against mainstream or incumbent Republicans, drawing the ire of mainline Republicans.) Kibbe charged that the three men were trying to punish him for defying their effort to steer FreedomWorks into the conventional Republican fold. He contended that the divisive fight within FreedomWorks was not really about his book contract or other organizational matters; it was a grand ideological clash pitting those fully loyal to the tea party cause (such as Kibbe) against backroom, Washington-centric pols attempting to wield their influence to benefit their pals.

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kentuck Dec 2012 OP
NBachers Dec 2012 #1
davidthegnome Dec 2012 #6
tblue Dec 2012 #2
riqster Dec 2012 #3
SummerSnow Dec 2012 #4
Kennah Dec 2012 #5
malaise Dec 2012 #7
Gothmog Dec 2012 #8
Fumesucker Dec 2012 #9

Response to kentuck (Original post)

Mon Dec 24, 2012, 11:05 PM

1. Usually zombies want to eat live people. In this case, the zombies are eating each other

A good turn of events, I say!

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Response to NBachers (Reply #1)

Tue Dec 25, 2012, 02:32 AM

6. Yes, but when they are done...

they will turn on the rest of us. In my twenty eight years (which, granted, isn't long compared to some here) I have never seen a political movement that scares me as much as the tea party. It is frighteningly similar in some ways to how the Nazi party began - a fairly small group of lunatics that were initially laughed at.

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Response to kentuck (Original post)

Mon Dec 24, 2012, 11:57 PM

2. How in world will they put the toothpaste back in the tube?

The TP is a stubborn lot but the Republicans used them and cannot control them. Hahaha!

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Response to kentuck (Original post)

Tue Dec 25, 2012, 12:34 AM

3. I always thought cannibalism was beyond the pale

But we can make an exception here.

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Response to kentuck (Original post)

Tue Dec 25, 2012, 01:16 AM

4. ah a Frankenstein moment

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Response to kentuck (Original post)

Tue Dec 25, 2012, 01:27 AM

5. Get some popcorn, but don't sit too close to the TV when tuned to this channel.

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Response to kentuck (Original post)

Tue Dec 25, 2012, 05:12 AM

7. Oh My!

I'm lovin' it

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Response to kentuck (Original post)

Tue Dec 25, 2012, 09:03 AM

8. This will be fun to watch

The tea party is not a grassroots movement. Freedomworks has co opted the tea party using Koch Brother funding.

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Response to kentuck (Original post)

Tue Dec 25, 2012, 09:13 AM

9. The Grifter Ouroboros n/t


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