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Originally posted by CB328
This is crazy, and how it's even legal I have no idea. This is very revealing about the Tea Party and the right wing in general. They always like to talk big and have a propensity to exaggerate, especially their popularity.
Dick Armey Sticks His FreedomWorks Payback to Glenn Beck
Former FreedomWorks chairman Dick Armey revealed that the Tea Party group paid Glenn Beck about $1 million to say "nice things" about the group on his radio show, and that it got a negative return on that investment.
When money talks, it doesn't always know what to say. Those trusted to write the scripts wield real power.
The amplification and consolidation of this power through explicit financial deals between "freedom movement" institutions and conservative talk-radio superstars is a potentially profound development in American politics.
If you ask me, the progressive fixation on campaign finance is badly misguided. Money shapes the course of our democracy at least as much through the complex confluence of popular mass media, Washington's institutional ideologues, and their far-flung multitude of impressionable donors.
This a tricky story to tell, and it's hard to say what, if anything, should be done about it. But this is where a lot of the action is