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Originally posted by maybereal11
But can the people drive a candidate to office via a grass roots campaign absent any affiliation what-so-ever with the two establsihed parties? That is the question and the next mountain to be climbed.
My issue with the TPM is not neccessarily thier (R) affiliation, but their eagerness to pretend they are something else other than a faction or splinter group of the GOP.
Originally posted by Anjin
I can't believe I starred and flagged one of your threads. I guess I should be looking up at sky for falling debris
FreedomWorks is a conservative non-profit organization based in Washington D.C., United States. FreedomWorks trains volunteer activists and wages campaigns to encourage them to mobilize, engage fellow citizens, and influence their political representatives. Several of FreedomWorks' campaigns have been described as "astroturfing," or projecting the false impression of grassroots organizing. FreedomWorks' spokesmen have denied this characterization
Only one month before that populist moment on Capitol Hill, Armey was employed as a lobbyist by leading international "consulting firm" DLA Piper. In that capacity, from 2005 to 2009, Armey promoted the People’s Mojahedin Organization of Iran, otherwise known as Mujahedeen-e-Khalq (MEK), which the State Department has branded a terrorist group. Armey lobbied his former colleagues on behalf of legislation that would have provided taxpayer support to the MEK.
Armey’s work as a lobbyist—during which time he also served as chairman of FreedomWorks and organized Tea Party protests—is not mentioned in his FreedomWorks biography. This omission can perhaps be explained by the anti-lobbyist sentiments held by so many Tea Partiers. At the first national Tea Party Convention held in Nashville in February, former Alaskan Governor Sarah Palin spouted off on the Obama administration’s failure to eliminate lobbyists and cronyism in D.C. during her keynote speech and the crowd burst into loud applause
Dick Armey..Allegations of Sexual Harassment and Political Infighting
In 1998, during the Monica Lewinsky scandal, a reporter asked him what he would do if he were in President Bill Clinton's position. He replied "If I were in the President's place I would not have gotten a chance to resign. I would be lying in a pool of my own blood, hearing Mrs. Armey standing over me saying, 'How do I reload this damn thing?'" Several of his former female economics students went public with stories of his sexually harassing them — harassment allegedly so severe that at least one student transferred to another school. He would later divorce his wife and marry one of his students
Alleged role in organized disruptions of August 2009 town hall meetings on health care reform
In 2009, FreedomWorks launched a campaign against health care reform proposals, accusing the Obama administration of attempting to "socialize medicine". Referencing a piece entitled "On Private Conference Call, Tea Party Organizers Say No Reform At All is Goal" on Greg Sargent's liberal blog The Plum Line,  Rachel Maddow argued in her investigative report entitled "TRMS Investigates FreedomWorks"  that the right's strategy was to disrupt and shut down the August 2009 town hall congressional meetings on health care reform by “scaring real Americans with increasingly paranoid and kooky lies about health care and then providing a script for how to express that fear.” At many of the town halls Democratic "members of Congress have been shouted down, hanged in effigy and taunted by crowds"  in an apparent organized effort to rattle the congresspeople presiding over the meetings rather than to seek a compromise solution to health care reform.
In addition to being the chair of FreedomWorks, Dick Armey was a senior policy adviser for DC-based lobbying firm DLA Piper, whose recent and/or current clients include "pharmaceutical maker Bristol-Myers Squibb Company, ... health care provider Metropolitan Health Networks, and the pharmaceutical firm Medicines Company,"  all entities that might benefit financially from seeing health care reform defeated.
Dick Armey's concurrent posts with both FreedomWorks and DLA Piper became particularly controversial in light of the $1,290,000 DLA Piper received in 2009 from the pharmaceutical company Medicines Co. In the report cited above, Maddow also cited the example of The American Council of Life Insurers, which paid DLA Piper $100,000 shortly before FreedomWorks lobbied to deregulate life insurance, as one instance of a possible conflict of interest involving Armey and the two organizations.
Originally posted by OldDragger
If the "Tea Party" members haven't caught on by now, they never will!
Originally posted by David9176
What or who is a true conservative?
Originally posted by MikeboydUS
What bothers me, is why did the media take so long to point this out?
As I posted earlier, the Tea Party Express has been outed by Politico as a GOP PAC. But Karl Rove appeared on Happening Now today to further the fiction that it’s a grass roots organization and to obscure its Republican Party affiliation. Host Jane Skinner aided and abetted in the falsehood. To add insult to journalistic injury, Fox News called the video “Tea Party’s True Colors.” With video.
Skinner began her interview with Rove by referring to a NY Times poll indicating that tea party supporters are “wealthier and more educated than the general public.” She did not mention the Politico story we reported on yesterday revealing that the Tea Party Express is a Republican-affiliated PAC raising money to support Republican candidates and attack Democratic ones – as part of an effort to raise its own political profile.
Originally posted by Sestias
reply to post by Benevolent Heretic
I just posted a thread about a New York Times/CBS News poll of people who associate themselves with the Tea Party.
Surprisingly, they are somewhat more likely to be wealthier and better educated as a whole than their counterparts in other political movements and than their public persona might imply. My impression heretofore has been that they are average middle and working class members.
Not surprisingly, they tend to be overwhelmingly white.
From this it would appear that Tea Partiers have much more in common with mainstream Republicans than perhaps they admit. They are both parties of the rich, by the rich and for the rich.