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    GOP operatives crash the tea party

    Excerpted from “GOP operatives crash the tea party” By KENNETH P. VOGEL, Politico, 4/14/10 4:56 AM EDT
    Just days after the first widespread tea party demonstrators hit the streets a year ago Thursday, Joe Wierzbicki, a Republican political consultant with the Sacramento firm Russo Marsh + Rogers, made a proposal to his colleagues that he said could “give a boost to our PAC and position us as a growing force/leading force as the 2010 elections come into focus.”

    The proposal, obtained by POLITICO, was for a nationwide tea party bus tour, to be called the Tea Party Express, which over the past seven months has become among the most identifiable brands of the tea party movement. Buses emblazoned with the Tea Party Express logo have brought speakers and entertainers to rallies in dozens of small towns and big cities, including one in Boston on Wednesday that will feature former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin.

    Aided by campaign-style advance work and event planning, slick ads cut by Russo Marsh, impressive crowds and a savvy media operation, the political action committee run by Wierzbicki, Russo Marsh founder Sal Russo and a handful of other Republican operatives has also emerged as among the prolific fundraising vehicles under the tea party banner. Known as Our Country Deserves Better when it was founded during the 2008 election as a vehicle to oppose Barack Obama’s campaign for president, the PAC saw its fundraising more than quadruple after it took the Tea Party Express public in July, raising nearly $2.7 million in roughly the following six months, compared with less than $600,000 in the preceding six months, according to Federal Election Commission filings. …
    “We have to be very very careful about discussing amongst ourselves anyone we include “outside of the family” because quite frankly, we are not only NOT part of the political establishment or conservative establishment, but we are also sadly not currently a part of the “tea party” establishment (i.e. Michelle Malkin, Eric Odom of Don’t Go Movement, Smart Girl Politics, Top Conservatives on Twitter, Freedom Works, Newt Gingrich of American Solutions, etc…)” — Joe Wierzbicki, a Republican political consultant with the Sacramento firm Russo Marsh + Rogers

    Oops, cat's out of the bag.

    Looks like the Tea Party Express was a program for the profit of the Russo Marsh + Rogers political consulting firm. And, they made all kinds of money doing it.
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    Re: GOP operatives crash the tea party

    Quote Originally Posted by Chappy View Post
    “We have to be very very careful about discussing amongst ourselves anyone we include “outside of the family” because quite frankly, we are not only NOT part of the political establishment or conservative establishment, but we are also sadly not currently a part of the “tea party” establishment (i.e. Michelle Malkin, Eric Odom of Don’t Go Movement, Smart Girl Politics, Top Conservatives on Twitter, Freedom Works, Newt Gingrich of American Solutions, etc…)” — Joe Wierzbicki, a Republican political consultant with the Sacramento firm Russo Marsh + Rogers

    Oops, cat's out of the bag.

    Looks like the Tea Party Express was a program for the profit of the Russo Marsh + Rogers political consulting firm. And, they made all kinds of money doing it.

    Mmmmmmm huh.

    Very entrepreneurial of them.
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    'Scuse my ignorance, but under what guise was all this money raised and where did the "donations" come from?
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    Re: GOP operatives crash the tea party

    How many of the rubes and sheep out their today realized they're being manipulated by the GOP/RNC?

    I just passed a bunch of teabaggers standing on a corner across from my old high school. Same tired moronic talking point. Honk if you're a patriot.

    Listen, nitwits, honk if you respect the constitution, the electoral process, the legislative process, the way the a Republic work...

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    Re: GOP operatives crash the tea party

    Quote Originally Posted by Middleground View Post
    'Scuse my ignorance, but under what guise was all this money raised and where did the "donations" come from?
    The "real" Tea Party folks are quite upset. From the article:

    But the Tea Party Express’s high profile has angered tea party leaders who are suspicious of its big payments to Russo Marsh, view the bus tours as distractions from meaningful grass-roots organizing headed into the 2010 midterm elections and say the Republican ties of both the firm and PAC are wrong for a movement that has prided itself on independence from the political establishment and has fiercely rejected what it sees as GOP efforts to co-opt it.

    “We’ve worked hard to distance ourselves from the Tea Party Express because of their close affiliation with the Republican Party, the Republican establishment and their PAC,” said Debbie Dooley, a national coordinator for the Tea Party Patriots, a national umbrella group of local activists. The Patriots have supported a strict nonpartisan posture but also have struggled to raise money, and Dooley contends that’s partly because of Tea Party Express.

    “When people donate to Tea Party Express, they think that they are donating to a tea party, because they don’t read the fine print at the bottom of their e-mails that says it is a PAC,” she said. “And that hurts the local grass-roots tea party organizers, since a lot of that is actually taking some money away from them.”

    Adds Ned Ryun, president of American Majority, a nonprofit group that trains local tea party organizers: “I’m concerned that they’re using (Tea Party Express) as a marketing gimmick to line the pockets of consultants instead of actually helping the tea party movement. People are already pretty fired up, so enough protesting and rallying — they need to be empowered to go back and organize their communities.”
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    Re: GOP operatives crash the tea party

    Quote Originally Posted by Middleground View Post
    'Scuse my ignorance, but under what guise was all this money raised and where did the "donations" come from?
    “When people donate to Tea Party Express, they think that they are donating to a tea party, because they don’t read the fine print at the bottom of their e-mails that says it is a PAC. And that hurts the local grass-roots tea party organizers, since a lot of that is actually taking some money away from them.” — Debbie Dooley, a national coordinator for the Tea Party Patriots, a national umbrella group of local activists

    The “donations” are from ordinary people who think they are giving to their local tea party. But, it just ain't so. It's a PAC controlled by Republican consultants.

    Excerpted from “GOP operatives crash the tea party” By KENNETH P. VOGEL, Politico, 4/14/10 4:56 AM EDT
    Its fundraising success has made the PAC — which formally filed with the FEC in October to change its name to “Our Country Deserves Better PAC–TeaPartyExpress.org” — a power player in the tea party and beyond, airing hundreds of thousands of dollars in ads supporting Republican campaigns such as Scott Brown’s successful special election for Senate in Massachusetts and blasting Democratic ones, such as Senate Majority Leader Reid’s reelection bid in Nevada.

    And that fundraising success has also meant a brisk business for Russo March, which essentially runs the PAC. In that capacity, Russo Marsh and a sister firm called King Media Group have received $1.9 million of the $4.1 million in payments made by the committee — a financial relationship that is not uncommon between political action committees run by consultants and their consulting firms. …
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    Re: GOP operatives crash the tea party

    Quote Originally Posted by hazlnut View Post
    How many of the rubes and sheep out their today realized they're being manipulated by the GOP/RNC?

    I just passed a bunch of teabaggers standing on a corner across from my old high school. Same tired moronic talking point. Honk if you're a patriot.

    Listen, nitwits, honk if you respect the constitution, the electoral process, the legislative process, the way the a Republic work...
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    Re: GOP operatives crash the tea party

    How 'bout everybody just quit all the bull**** honkin' altogether and give a brutha a lil' peace.

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    Re: GOP operatives crash the tea party

    Quote Originally Posted by hazlnut View Post
    How many of the rubes and sheep out their today realized they're being manipulated by the GOP/RNC?

    I just passed a bunch of teabaggers standing on a corner across from my old high school. Same tired moronic talking point. Honk if you're a patriot.

    Listen, nitwits, honk if you respect the constitution, the electoral process, the legislative process, the way the a Republic work...
    Anyone or any party who claims to be the one true patriot, true American, or that they and only they know the true meaning of the Constitution is virtaually allways lying.
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    Re: GOP operatives crash the tea party

    Quote Originally Posted by hazlnut View Post
    How many of the rubes and sheep out their today realized they're being manipulated by the GOP/RNC?

    I just passed a bunch of teabaggers standing on a corner across from my old high school. Same tired moronic talking point. Honk if you're a patriot.

    Listen, nitwits, honk if you respect the constitution, the electoral process, the legislative process, the way the a Republic work...
    Was this one of them ? Hope it worked first time I tried to copy past a URL


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