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pampango Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Aug-17-10 08:58 AM
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Some businesses are backing out of the Tea Party Exchange program (Dayton, OH)
Source: Dayton Daily News

The Tea Party Exchange is designed to link conservative consumers and businesses, which then donate to a Tea Party organization 5 percent of sales made to those customers who show a TPX-Great American card. The businesses pay Hutchinson at least $150 annually to participate. But backlash from customers is causing companies to withdraw. Democratic Congressional candidate Joe Roberts is encouraging people to call the businesses to let them know if they are uncomfortable with the their participation in the program.

On Monday owners of Reiber Cleaner and HouseMaster Home Inspections and Radon Testing said they asked Hutchinson to remove their names from his website, leaving just over two dozen member companies.

Im not into politics a whole lot, said Ballachino, who said she was not familiar with the Tea Party when Hutchinson convinced her to participate. He stated you could get more business, everybody in this group will come to you.

Since she paid Hutchinson $150 on July 1 she has had a customer use the TPX card just twice and both times it was Hutchinson. Instead of gaining customers Ballachino said she has been overwhelmed with the negative response.

Ive had probably 60 to 80 people come to me and say they arent going to come to me anymore, said Patti Ballachino, owner of Reiber Cleaners, a family-owned business in Kettering.

List of businesses participating in Tea Party discounts

http://www.daytondailynews.com/news/dayton-news/list-of...

Read more: http://www.daytondailynews.com/news/dayton-news/some-bu...



Great to hear that this tea party program is sinking before it even really gets off the ground.
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onehandle Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Aug-17-10 09:06 AM
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1. Mixing business with racist hatred... I mean politics is never a good idea. nt
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Roland99 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Aug-17-10 09:06 AM
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2. "she was not familiar with the Tea Party when Hutchinson convinced her to participate"
No wonder they fell for it.


What in the world happened to due diligence in this world?

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savalez Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Aug-17-10 12:38 PM
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16. Believe it or not, a lot of people are just not into politics.
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Roland99 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Aug-17-10 12:53 PM
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18. There's a difference between not being into politics and blindly accepting "snake oil"
If you owned a business and I came in promising a huge increase in sales if you bought this sticker for $100 and put it on your window and didn't think twice and the sticker was a symbol for, say, a skinhead group, or a right-to-life group or whatever form of group you would normally oppose if you knew what it was, why wouldn't you bother taking 30 seconds to put forth the slightest bit of effort to find out what I was supporting?
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iamthebandfanman Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Aug-17-10 09:11 AM
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3. most businesses dont like any political or religious associations..
Edited on Tue Aug-17-10 09:11 AM by iamthebandfanman
the small guys are just now learning that i guess...

state farm had an agent remove a political statement from his sign when i asked...
and CSX removed the ten commandments from a local train station owned by them after i asked...


most places want nothing to do with anything besides money...
if it hurts their money, they dont want any part of anything. lol
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izquierdista Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Aug-17-10 10:02 AM
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6. That's capitalism for you
Capital comes first. And second, and third, and so on until capital comes last. Because capital is the ONLY thing capitalism is about.
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savalez Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Aug-17-10 12:39 PM
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17. LOL! And isn't that how it should be?
Edited on Tue Aug-17-10 12:44 PM by savalez
Make money, pay your employees. Then your employees can go about having their own private political views - preferably outside of the workplace.
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SpiralHawk Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Aug-17-10 09:11 AM
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4. D'oh
The small percentage of hate & fear filled people -- TeaBagger RepubliCorporate Sockpuppets (R)-- is not enuf to support a business.

Americans don't want anything to do with these kinds of RepubliBagger business FAIL schemes.
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AlbertCat Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Aug-17-10 10:14 AM
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8. The small percentage of hate & fear filled people
Yes, a very small percentage. Much much smaller than the News would have you believe. Teabaggers in no way speak for the American Public.
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Newsjock Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Aug-17-10 09:51 AM
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5. He outsourced his website design to India!
Edited on Tue Aug-17-10 09:51 AM by Newsjock
From the article:
Tea Party Exchange founder Donald Hutchinsons website touts the advantages of using local, tea party owned small businesses. But when he needed a database programmer for the site, Hutchinson outsourced the work to India.
Hutchinson whose politically conservative exchange has become increasingly controversial since his rollout last week, said he sees no conflict in promoting American companies while using an Indian programmer.
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ChairmanAgnostic Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Aug-17-10 10:02 AM
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7. Tea hee. Ho ho ho, it's Xmas!
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SILVER__FOX52 Donating Member (460 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Aug-17-10 11:04 AM
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9. The Republicans ( tea baggers ) want to merge.........
Business and Politics for a greater Germany, uh, I mean the United States. Huh?
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Rozlee Donating Member (821 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Aug-17-10 11:19 AM
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10. I needed a good laugh with my cup o' joe this morning
Bunch of nimrods.
:rofl:
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mike r Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Aug-17-10 11:29 AM
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11. Yep, flush them out, and hit them in the pocketbook
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NBachers Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Aug-17-10 11:30 AM
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12. I hope they all demand their $150 back
Multiply this by the billions and you have the republican fiscal policy for the USA
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makhno Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Aug-17-10 12:19 PM
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13. The list is getting smaller by the day
I see that RE/MAX apparently told their teabagging realtor to get the company's name off the list.

I wonder what the respective automakers' corporate or North America headquarters would think of "Evans BMW, Volvo, Volkswagen" politicizing their brands.

The irony of a teabagger flogging vehicles from socialist countries is almost as delicious as Hutchinson's outsourcing his website development to an Indian company instead of hiring local labor. I'm sure he could even find a few fellow travelers among the hordes of unemployed developers.

This pathetic bunch of douchebags makes libertarians look almost sane.
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LostinVA Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Aug-17-10 12:23 PM
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14. I drive a VW Golf TDI
I am a very loyal customer, and absolutely love the car. I just asked VW USA the very question you asked in your post.
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gratuitous Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Aug-17-10 12:29 PM
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15. I suggested folks get one of these cards right away
They'll be wonderful artifacts for the shelf with the pet rock, the mood ring, the tamagotchi and the Pokemon cards. It'll also be a nice reminder of what conservatives once thought was so vitally important. Another shelf, maybe? One with saying the Pledge of Allegiance every day, heavy emphasis on the words "under God." Oh, and a flag lapel pin. A "support the troops" bumper sticker.
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bbernardini Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Aug-17-10 02:40 PM
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19. The program has been "suspended".
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pampango Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Aug-17-10 04:12 PM
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20. Dayton, Ohio Thanks. Hadn't realized that "Dayton, Ohio was the test market for Tea Party Exchange."
"TPX will analyze the results of the test to decide any future decisions."

I had thought this was going on in other cities and states at the same time. If it was a test, I'm glad it failed. :)
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ChairmanAgnostic Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Aug-17-10 10:14 PM
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21. By its throat?
One can only hope.
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