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Fri Jan 4, 2013, 02:28 PM

Leaked internal docs blow the lid off Tea Party group's image (FreedomWorks)

FreedomWorks, the national conservative group that helped launch the tea party movement, sells itself as a genuine grassroots operation, and for years it has battled accusations of "astroturfing"—posing as a populist organization while doing the bidding of big-money donors. Yet internal documents obtained by Mother Jones show that FreedomWorks has indeed become dependent on wealthy individual donors to finance its growing operation.

Last month, the Washington Post reported that Richard Stephenson, a reclusive millionaire banker and FreedomWorks board member, and members of his family funneled $12 million in October through two newly created Tennessee corporations to FreedomWorks' super-PAC, which used these funds to support tea party candidates in November's elections. The revelation that a corporate bigwig like Stephenson, who founded the Cancer Treatment Centers of America and chairs its board, was responsible for more than half of the FreedomWorks super-PAC's haul in 2012 undercuts the group's grassroots image and hands ammunition to critics who say FreedomWorks does the bidding of rich conservative donors.

Big donations like Stephenson's are business as usual for FreedomWorks. According to a 52-page report prepared by FreedomWorks' top brass for a board of directors meeting held in mid-December at the Virginia office of Sands Capital Management, an investment firm run by FreedomWorks board member Frank Sands, the entire FreedomWorks organization—its 501(c)(3) and (c)(4) nonprofit arms and its super-PAC—raised nearly $41 million through mid-December. Of that total, $33 million—or 81 percent of its 2012 fundraising—came in the form of "major gifts," the type of big donations coveted by nonprofits and super-PACs. (FreedomWorks' nonprofit components do not have to disclose their funders.)

(scroll down the page to read docs)

http://www.motherjones.com/politics/2012/12/freedomworks-rich-donors-armey-kibbe-super-pac

Freedom Works does neither.

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Reply Leaked internal docs blow the lid off Tea Party group's image (FreedomWorks) (Original post)
meow2u3 Jan 2013 OP
Arctic Dave Jan 2013 #1
DollarBillHines Jan 2013 #10
Fire Walk With Me Jan 2013 #2
Guy Whitey Corngood Jan 2013 #3
Cali_Democrat Jan 2013 #15
Plucketeer Jan 2013 #18
Fantastic Anarchist Jan 2013 #34
Tippy Jan 2013 #4
BainsBane Jan 2013 #8
Tippy Jan 2013 #35
No Compromise Jan 2013 #5
Sarah Ibarruri Jan 2013 #6
BainsBane Jan 2013 #7
Botany Jan 2013 #9
AtheistCrusader Jan 2013 #11
Melinda Jan 2013 #12
patrice Jan 2013 #13
freshwest Jan 2013 #19
patrice Jan 2013 #14
freshwest Jan 2013 #20
Dont call me Shirley Jan 2013 #16
MynameisBlarney Jan 2013 #17
freshwest Jan 2013 #21
Ikonoklast Jan 2013 #22
MynameisBlarney Jan 2013 #25
freshwest Jan 2013 #26
MynameisBlarney Jan 2013 #23
freshwest Jan 2013 #27
MynameisBlarney Jan 2013 #29
freshwest Jan 2013 #30
MynameisBlarney Jan 2013 #31
Autumn Jan 2013 #24
MynameisBlarney Jan 2013 #28
Warren DeMontague Jan 2013 #33
Warren DeMontague Jan 2013 #32

Response to meow2u3 (Original post)

Fri Jan 4, 2013, 02:33 PM

1. I always thought the CTCofA commercials were a little shady.

 

This explains a lot.

Another multi-million dollar scammer.

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Response to Arctic Dave (Reply #1)

Fri Jan 4, 2013, 04:47 PM

10. They are also buying slots on NPR

I heard one yesterday and thought "WTF?". The slots promoted CTCofA as pretty much The Benevolent Being.

Trying to buy some warm-and-fuzzy counter-time, I suppose.

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Response to meow2u3 (Original post)

Fri Jan 4, 2013, 02:35 PM

2. I freaking hate the "tea party" :D

 

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Response to Fire Walk With Me (Reply #2)

Fri Jan 4, 2013, 02:37 PM

3. I would agree with you if there was such a thing. :-p

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Response to Guy Whitey Corngood (Reply #3)

Fri Jan 4, 2013, 05:18 PM

15. I know

I actually think the media gives them a pass by calling them the "tea party". They're actually just Republicans that branded themselves "tea party patriots" when they became angry that a black man was in the white house.

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Response to Cali_Democrat (Reply #15)

Fri Jan 4, 2013, 08:57 PM

18. I'm with you on this

Damned librul media tries it's BEST to keep the TP on life support. That slug-slime "operation" evaporated with it's failings last November. But just because some of the dweebs that the TP advocated for are still in office - to the media, that's justification to keep the piss-yellow flags of "Don't pee on me!" waving vigorously.

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Response to Fire Walk With Me (Reply #2)

Sat Jan 5, 2013, 12:17 PM

34. Tea parties are for little girls with imaginary friends.

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Response to meow2u3 (Original post)

Fri Jan 4, 2013, 02:48 PM

4. Did anyone else hear that some in the Tea Party wanted to elect Palen to replace Boehner?

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Response to Tippy (Reply #4)

Fri Jan 4, 2013, 04:46 PM

8. Sarah Palin?

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Response to BainsBane (Reply #8)

Mon Jan 7, 2013, 09:52 AM

35. Yes...can not type any more...sorry

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Response to meow2u3 (Original post)

Fri Jan 4, 2013, 03:26 PM

5. what kind of asshole would rip off cancer patients

 


then use the money to pretend they are a grassroots group in an attempt to subvert our Democracy for their own greedy purposes?

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Response to meow2u3 (Original post)

Fri Jan 4, 2013, 04:34 PM

6. So that's what the Cancer Treatment Centers of America does. Interesting. Let's circulate this nt

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Response to meow2u3 (Original post)

Fri Jan 4, 2013, 04:44 PM

7. Dick Army's golden parachute

made obvious to those who didn't already know better that Freedom Works doesn't rely on grassroots funding.

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Response to meow2u3 (Original post)

Fri Jan 4, 2013, 04:46 PM

9. Cancer Treatment Centers of America have always hit me like a scam to make $$$s ...

..... from really scared people. They now have to put in fine print that
the cases they are talking about are not typical.

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Response to meow2u3 (Original post)

Fri Jan 4, 2013, 04:48 PM

11. I wouldn't say helped launch.

There was a factional war going on within the tea party at launch. Freedom works was one of the biggest, but inimical to Tea Party Express, (the Fox/Beck/Palin wing) and the Paulbots (Tea Party Patriots? I can't even keep track now.)


The whole thing and how it unfolded might make a good study in socially transmitted diseases.

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Response to meow2u3 (Original post)

Fri Jan 4, 2013, 05:04 PM

12. Stephenson's 12 million to the teaparty was funneled in for the sole purpose of paying off Dick Army

His severance package, if you will. I understand that an FEC AND DOJ investigation has been requested. Link to FEC and DOJ Complaints: http://tinyurl.com/auxds4u

Now we hurry up and wait for the results.

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Response to meow2u3 (Original post)

Fri Jan 4, 2013, 05:08 PM

13. There are some fucking POOR "Libertarians" cum "anarchists" who are USED by "Freedom"Works, I bet.nt

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Response to patrice (Reply #13)

Fri Jan 4, 2013, 10:48 PM

19. Hell, yeah! But they still love their Randian heroes...

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Response to patrice (Reply #14)

Fri Jan 4, 2013, 10:48 PM

20. K & R right here.

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Response to meow2u3 (Original post)

Fri Jan 4, 2013, 05:27 PM

16. He probalbly promotes cancer so he can make more money, sick bastard!

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Response to meow2u3 (Original post)

Fri Jan 4, 2013, 05:29 PM

17. Blows the lid off their image?

But I thought everyone with a brain in their head already knew their image was shite.
Buncha astroturfin theocratic fascist hypocrites was the image I've long associated with them.
This actually just reinforces that image.

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Response to MynameisBlarney (Reply #17)

Fri Jan 4, 2013, 11:02 PM

21. No, they are a diverse group. See all the colors there?



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Response to freshwest (Reply #21)

Fri Jan 4, 2013, 11:17 PM

22. Those are Tories.

They would have been the ones calling for Washington to be hanged as a Revolutionary when caught.

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Response to Ikonoklast (Reply #22)

Fri Jan 4, 2013, 11:22 PM

25. And you too.


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Response to Ikonoklast (Reply #22)

Fri Jan 4, 2013, 11:26 PM

26. You got that right.. They and the Constitution Party want the Articles of Confederation....

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They hate the Constitution and Bill of Rights and all those terrible liberal amendments...

Did you see the Freeper post begging the Queen of England to please, please take us back and we'll never be naughty again?

Tea Party Patriots, restoring honor to America!

Uh, better make that honoring royalty...

Easy enough to undertand, since all union-hating repukes are bootlickers, anyway.

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Response to freshwest (Reply #21)

Fri Jan 4, 2013, 11:20 PM

23. You. Sir or Madame, I like you.

You and I...on the same page.

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Response to MynameisBlarney (Reply #23)

Fri Jan 4, 2013, 11:29 PM

27. It'll be okay! See here:


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Response to freshwest (Reply #27)

Fri Jan 4, 2013, 11:31 PM

29. You SOB!

Nearly sprayed beer everywhere!

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Response to MynameisBlarney (Reply #29)

Fri Jan 4, 2013, 11:46 PM

30. We're just kicking it for the Dittoheads (containers of other people's paid speech) and Beckerheads.

Gotta do what we can to enlighten the benighted.



Problem is, they keep running from the light...


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Response to freshwest (Reply #30)

Sat Jan 5, 2013, 01:00 AM

31. *head nod*

Word.

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Response to freshwest (Reply #21)

Fri Jan 4, 2013, 11:22 PM

24. Red, white, blue and yellow

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Response to Autumn (Reply #24)

Fri Jan 4, 2013, 11:30 PM

28. BWAHAHAHAHAAAA!

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Response to MynameisBlarney (Reply #28)

Sat Jan 5, 2013, 01:35 AM

33. red necks, white skin and blue hair.

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Response to meow2u3 (Original post)

Sat Jan 5, 2013, 01:34 AM

32. You mean the Koch-funded astroturf phonies were shown to be -gasp!-

Koch-funded astroturf phonies???

NO!

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