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    Libby Shaw, xaxado, Clio2, Dixie Liberal

    ... the organizers, which tout themselves as "grassroots" yet speak at these teabagging protests, and gave interviews to the TV cameras, definitely were paid.  I count organizers as protesters if they speak at these things instead of merely doing the logistics.

    When I look at this list, for example of the Our Country Deserves Better PAC

    Endeavor Media Group LLC is Bobby Eberle, who is an organizer, $5000 for "generic fundraising"  on 4/10/09

    Lloyd Marcus performs in a LOT of MAF videos and at the Sacramento April Tea Party protest,listed 4/13/09, Pac "Consulting Wages"  

    Mark Meckler, the Sacramento Tea Patriot Organizer, did a big interview with television cameras at the Sacramento April Tea Party, listed 4/13/09 "$500 Sacramento Tea Party Event"

    Mark Williams, 4/13/09, "PAC Consulting wages"  he always speaks at these events as an MC
    here's a blog post with a picture of him at a tea party protest on flag day

    Not only did they pay Russo Marsh & Rogers the $29,511 Internet fundraising costs and Generic PAC money, they paid Sal Russo and Joseph Wierzbicki "individual staff wages"

    Come on, how much money does it take to send out an email list to people to show up at something, $29,511 dollars my a$$

    Deborah Johns got $1300 on 4.28/09 "Pac campaign consulting wages"-  She's always going to events as an outraged "marine mom" her public persona, there are several payments to her.  Here's a blog with a picture of her and Lloyd Marcus at that Sacramento April teaparty

    Parking stickers for Volunteers, Capitol Lot, Sacramento CA   They even paid for their parking en masse

    Now, if a busload of people show up at your Congressman's next public event with these sorts of signs and behaviors, see who paid for the bus. Even if they charged for the tickets, somebody had to put a deposit down.  Get the ringleader's name.

    It may be hard to track the money because some of it is going thru the CA state legislature via the State Senate and Assembly accounts or the accounts of the lobbyists or the Committees-  THAT is a whole 'nuther topic.  You can look these accounts up on Cal access.
    That's how the Oil Companies are hiding a lot of their donations. The state politician accounts don't have to file as often.

    Here's my Republican Congress Carpetbagger, McClintock, at a Tea Party Event up at the Nevada County fairgrounds
    with Mark Williams on June 6 2009

    McClintock, who used MAF to swiftboat Democrat Charlie Brown in the 2008 election, takes Oil Company money  and opposes Democratic Health Care reform.  Coincidence ? NOT.

    "Toads of Glory, slugs of joy... as he trotted down the path before a dragon ate him"-Alex Hall/ Stop McClintock

    by AmericanRiverCanyon on Tue Aug 04, 2009 at 04:50:07 PM PDT

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    •  Well that this an important distinction (1+ / 0-)
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      Dixie Liberal

      and I'm not disagreeing with you - but paying for organizing and logistics is a bit different than paying fake angry citizens.  Mind you it wouldn't bother me if i could prove that but its certainly not an allegation id' want to make without proof.

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