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meegbear Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Oct-29-10 12:53 PM
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Revealed: JoinTheTeaParty.us connected to data mining firm
Source: RawStory.com

A website run out of Arizona, ostensibly to support the so-called tea party movement, is under scrutiny after a local news organization dug into their finances and ownership, only to find what some may characterize as a remarkable scam.

According to Federal Election Commission (FEC) disclosure forms, JoinTheTeaParty.us took in approximately $469,000 in donations this year and spent roughly half its budget on marketing, with the rest going to distinctly non-political avenues.

In fact, according to CBS 5 in Phoenix, there's no evidence the group spent so much as a dime to promote tea party candidates or related events.

FEC forms pulled by CBS affiliate show the group spent nearly $200,000 on search engine optimization and Google sponsorship, along with Facebook ads promoting their website. Submitting a Google search for "tea party" returned with the site atop the list of results.

Read more: http://www.rawstory.com/rs/2010/10/arizona-tea-party-gr... /



They even advertised the site on Craigslist, with an impassioned appeal to "patriots" who may be sympathetic to conservative causes. Ironically enough, the ad states numerous times that this group in particular is a "marketing campaign" with a fundraising goal of $500,000 per week.

The domain is owned by Todd Cefaratti, an Arizona businessman with a background in data collection. His other business specializes in mining contact information and reselling the leads to clients in the reverse mortgage industry.

"Thousands" of donors have given their personal contact information and credit card numbers to the tea party site, according to CBS.

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SpiralHawk Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Oct-29-10 12:57 PM
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1. RepubliBagger Family Felony Values (R) - Skuzzballery personified
Edited on Fri Oct-29-10 12:58 PM by SpiralHawk
Really now, when it comes to skuzzballery, you cannot go any lower than Republicons and their TeaBag corporate subsidiary & allied suckerpuppet digesters of the Fox Propaganda Network.
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aquart Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Oct-29-10 01:01 PM
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2. I wouldn't laugh.
He could as easily have picked a cause we favor. Thousands of people who already feel confused and betrayed have been betrayed again.
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SpiralHawk Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Oct-29-10 01:15 PM
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4. I laff not. I bemoan the skuzzballery brought upon all America by ....
Republicon Family Pharisee Values...
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Ian David Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Oct-29-10 01:14 PM
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3. I just posted this to Twitter (kind of)...
Edited on Fri Oct-29-10 01:15 PM by Ian David
FEC charges Fake #TeaParty organization 4doing nothing but stealing donations & fuck you, I won't tell you which one. #tcot #iamthemob #ocra





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fascisthunter Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Oct-29-10 06:13 PM
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5. bunch of frauds that should be tarred and feathered
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