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This .org website gives a whole new meaning to Industry 'Front Group'.

TeaPartyExpress.org


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It's a page designed to solicit Donations -- and little else.


The Home link -- goes nowhere;  (ie. back to the Contribute Page)

The About link -- goes nowhere;

The Media link -- goes nowhere;


The Blog link goes to this blogspot page

TeaPartyExpressBlog.blogspot.com


where the lead story is

Don't Raise Our Taxes - Don't Repeal the Tax Cuts


and which has this emotive Scary Image:


let me guess, it's designed to solicit Donations.



Why should you care?

Well it looks like Tea Party Express PAC, just may be breaking Federal Campaigns Laws ...


The New York Times is raising such Questions about the whether or not the The Tea Party Express, is 'coloring within the lines' with regards to Campaign Finance Laws.

They are NOT the only ones.

G.O.P. Insider Fuels Tea Party and Suspicion
By Janie Lorber and Eric Lipton, NYTimes -- Sep 18, 2010

With Ms. [Christine] O’Donnell’s upset victory in the Republican primary on Tuesday, Mr. [Sal] Russo, the chief strategist behind an upstart group called the Tea Party Express, had racked up another win.
[...]
Mr. Russo’s group is also under attack from Republican Party leaders in Delaware, who have accused the Tea Party Express of improperly collaborating with Ms. O’Donnell’s campaign. Federal laws allow political action committees to support candidates independently, but they are not permitted to coordinate their spending with campaigns.


As I recall PACs (Political Action Committees) can run general "Advocacy-Issues" Ads, but they can't directly assist, or endorse, specific Candidates, beyond certain 'nominal' limits.  (Perhaps "Citizen United" has changed this too?)

PACs can give $5,000 to a candidate committee per election cycle (primary, general or special).

PAC Contributions to All Federal Candidates, 1972-2006
From Kathy Gill, About.com Guide -- Jan 9, 2009


Well the Republican Party of Delaware, and the New York Times, think the Tea Party Express, may have just "boosted" Christine O'Donnell's rising rocket to Tea-dom -- in excess of what the Law would allow:

In the days leading up to the Delaware primary, Sal Russo hosted a radio fund-raiser, organized a political rally and pressed the case with reporters that Christine O’Donnell was the Tea Party’s choice for the United States Senate. He also set off what he calls a "money bomb," pouring at least $250,000 into television and other advertisements promoting the little-known candidate.
[...]
During this election cycle, the Tea Party Express has spent nearly $1 million in Nevada alone — $547,000 to support Sharron Angle, the Republican Senate candidate, and $385,000 in opposing Senator Harry Reid, the Democratic leader. In Massachusetts, the group spent nearly $350,000 to back Scott Brown, now the state’s Republican senator.


SO Who is Sal Russo, anyways? ... and how has he become the Tea Party Kingmaker, behind the scenes?    [Added to the To Do List. Check! ]


And where is the Federal Elections Commission -- shouldn't they be watching this Big Money inflow, that is Tilting our Elections ... towards the Rhetorical Cliff?


One of the virtues of America is that We are all equal -- in terms of our Votes.

One person, One Vote.

Simple. Elegant. Powerful.


PAC Finance laws, regarding Soft Money vs Hard Money, were once designed, to ensure that virtue.

To ensure the undue influence of Industry "Front Group" Money could not instantly prop up, and "get elected" some Cartoon-character Candidates -- simply by virtue of the Advertising Dollars spent, as opposed the Candidate's actual Qualifications, Experience, or Individual Character.

It seems that the recent "Citizens United" decision by the Supreme Court make have thrown those "safeguards" out the window ... one wonders?


Who's says that Senate Positions can't be "bought and paid for" -- assuming you have the bucks?

Witness the "Qualifications" of Christine O'Donnell, and the actions of Sal Russo's Tea Party Express, in foisting her to the National Stage. ... a mere Election away from Bachman fame and her misinformation platform.


If this trend continues, as we have seen it unfold recently, with Tea Party unknowns instantly rising to Celebrity-dom, America may one day soon end up, a mere shell of her former self.

A fully bought and paid for subsidy of Corporate Titans like Koch Industries, and the American Petroleum Institute, and the Tea Party astroturf behind-the-scenes backers ... whomever they may be.

Grassroots -- They are Not.


The Supreme Court and the FEC need to come to grips with some very simple core issues and soon:

Corporations are NOT People.

Corporations have different goals than People do.


Tea Party 'Politicians' are often NOT Competent.

Tea Party 'Politicians' have different goals than the majority of People do.


Both of these "Interest Groups", given enough power,

will be a disaster for the Country,

and a disaster for the Constitution ... given enough purchasing power, to Co-opt the Institution.


There's a reason why we uphold a Separation of Church and State --

Near as I can tell the Tea Party aims to "tear down that wall".

They want to enforce their own twisted view of "Morality" on the rest of us ... given the chance.

Hmmm? ... kind of sound Taliban-ish, eh?  ... (kos was right;  and H/T to WarOnError for that link.)


God help us all -- if their Ultra-Conservative Agenda accomplishes its goals, and the Supreme Court become even more Corporate-friendly than it already is.


America (and Americans) desperately needs to find more way to constrain and to punish and to Dismantle the 'Corporate Powers that Be' -- NOT more ways to empower them, even further.


Experience has shown that unconstrained Corporate Power -- is NOT the Creator of wealth for the many ...

But Rather that 'soulless' Corporate "market forces" are the "Takers" of our National wealth, and general well-being, of the many -- NOT the Creators of it.


Recent Experience has shown this to be the case. ... In the real world, where the 98% of us live.

Without our own personal "Corporate Boosters" ... to help us get by.


Imho.


thanks all for reading and commenting.

Originally posted to Digging up those Facts ... for over 8 years. on Sun Sep 19, 2010 at 12:01 PM PDT.

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  •  Tip Jar (17+ / 0-)

    The press is impotent when it abandons itself to falsehood. --Thomas Jefferson to Thomas Seymour, 1807

    by jamess on Sun Sep 19, 2010 at 12:01:21 PM PDT

  •  Nice job, jamess (6+ / 0-)

    These people are frighteningly socially irresponsible.

    And this is there party platform.  I find it alarming, you?

    #1.  Spiritual:  Praying and worshiping isn't enough.  We have to do something. (diarist aside:  and the end justifies the means and the meanness)

    #2.  Economic Area: "The wealth of the wicked is stored up for the righteous. (diarist aside:  This is used to justify poverty.  Wealth is for the worthy only.)

    #3.  Politics:  We should pray for and vote.  We need the Brethren inside government.  (diarist aside:  and all the laws will be changed if they ever have the majority/presidency again)

    Who will change the laws of the land?  If the believers had not done something, your President (Bush) would not be in office today.  (diarist aside:  Remember the faithful storming and disrupting the Florida recount?  btw, has it all be removed from the internet?)

    #4. Education:  We need believers who are educationists.

    In Africa, the schools are open to preaching.  You go to any school and you have the Christian Union which are a bunch of kids that are born again, tongue talking, devil casting all over the country.  We need God taking over our educational system.

    If we do that, we will not have children being taught how to worship Buddha, how to worship Mohammed, we will not have in our curriculum witch craft and sorcery.

    #5.  Media:  We need believers and we need God taking over the media.  (cringing)

    #6.  Government:  We need believers there, men and women of integrity.  People who are born again, who are believers in God.

    Details here.

    10.2.10 March On Washington http://www.onenationworkingtogether.org/pages/march-details

    by War on Error on Sun Sep 19, 2010 at 12:06:54 PM PDT

    •  Wow (2+ / 0-)

      thanks War on Error

      The "Taliban" Purity Police are alive and well in America,

      wrapped in a flag, and Marching in guise of Morality.


      This is worse, than I even thought.

      thanks for the link, and the research.

      The press is impotent when it abandons itself to falsehood. --Thomas Jefferson to Thomas Seymour, 1807

      by jamess on Sun Sep 19, 2010 at 12:14:24 PM PDT

      [ Parent ]

      •  It is of deep concern to me (2+ / 0-)
        Recommended by:
        jamess, Vetwife

        So many, even here on dKos, dismiss these people blithely.

        These people have been planning this since the early 1920s, according to my research.

        The names and faces at the forefront change, like the sudden fame of O'Donnell and Miller, but they exist at the behest of those who would take this country down.

        Everything they say, just flip it and you will know what they really mean.

        A hate driven movement.

        10.2.10 March On Washington http://www.onenationworkingtogether.org/pages/march-details

        by War on Error on Sun Sep 19, 2010 at 12:17:45 PM PDT

        [ Parent ]

        •  I'm going to add your link (1+ / 0-)
          Recommended by:
          War on Error

          into the diary.


          Scary, indeed,

          and warrants further watching.


          I heard someone say,

          If the TeaBagger, would just claim

          the Anti-NAFTA Banner, they'd be unstoppable.

          I give them two weeks ...

          The press is impotent when it abandons itself to falsehood. --Thomas Jefferson to Thomas Seymour, 1807

          by jamess on Sun Sep 19, 2010 at 12:21:23 PM PDT

          [ Parent ]

          •  Why not beat them to the punch (1+ / 0-)
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            jamess

            Anyway, they would lie for sure, but they would never vote against Nafta.  (nafta shafta)

            10.2.10 March On Washington http://www.onenationworkingtogether.org/pages/march-details

            by War on Error on Sun Sep 19, 2010 at 12:47:18 PM PDT

            [ Parent ]

            •  It would be an instant winner (2+ / 0-)
              Recommended by:
              War on Error, Wom Bat

              for the Dems,

              re-level the playing field --

              that NAFTA destroyed.

              The press is impotent when it abandons itself to falsehood. --Thomas Jefferson to Thomas Seymour, 1807

              by jamess on Sun Sep 19, 2010 at 01:12:38 PM PDT

              [ Parent ]

              •  Dare we dream? (1+ / 0-)
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                jamess

                I was thinking the other day, why not invent and manufacture small, solar powered appliances?

                There could be a mounting device that people could put on the south side of their living quarters of solar cells/batteries.

                Appliances could all be designed to use the same 2 or 3 solar cell/battery similar to batteries today.

                Imagine all the lamps, lights, and small appliances being run with solar power.

                And imagine all the small industrial plants providing jobs to build the cells and appliances that CANNOT BE off shored, and no solar products can be imported to compete.

                10.2.10 March On Washington http://www.onenationworkingtogether.org/pages/march-details

                by War on Error on Sun Sep 19, 2010 at 01:35:39 PM PDT

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    •  It's not the Tea Party platform (2+ / 0-)
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      jamess, AnnetteK

      It's Muthee's, and the Dominionists platform. Many Tea Partiers are not on board with that at all. O'Donnell probably is, though.

      It's a very weird alliance between the libertartians and the social conservatives.

    •  "educationists" (1+ / 0-)
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      jamess

      and that's in their official platform.

      Wow.

      What could BPossibly go wrong?? -RLMiller

      by nosleep4u on Sun Sep 19, 2010 at 12:35:25 PM PDT

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      •  Not an "official' platform (3+ / 0-)

        Views of one preacher.

        •  Oh, it's so easy to fool the people all of the (1+ / 0-)
          Recommended by:
          jamess

          time.

          This IS their dream platform.  You need to really understand this and stop denying it.  Of course, they aren't going to print it.  But if you listen really closely to what is going on you will see this.

          Here:

          I'll take each of the six separately (0+ / 0-)

          Spiritual:  These people purport spirituality in order to lure the truly spiritual to follow.  All pastors depend on money for their support.  Aside from some, most do what they have to to keep their coffers full, even if it means towing the party line.

          Economic Area: "The wealth of the wicked is stored up for the righteous"  This is the Joel Olsteen line of thinking.  They convince their followers that, if the followers do all they are told, they will be financially rewarded.  They are even more vulnerable today.  The worthy have money, the unworthy are poor.  It justifies their policies of denying social safety nets.

          Politics.  We see how this is being played out. "The end justifies the means and the meaness"  The TeaParty offers those who are angry and racist a place to channel their anger.  There are some who will do anything to please these leaders.  Some already have committed murder (abortion doctor).

          Education.  They are hell bent on taking over education.  Fox News spent the weekend running a show with the guy who danced with stars about "The Evils in Textbooks" paraphrased.   They ran this several times this weekend.  And, they have convinced parents to home school.  And the materials written for home schooling are mostly written by the fanatics.

          Media.  They are taking over the media.  The protofascist element has the money and it has the power and we see it now playing out.  You can't get the news, hardly, anymore.
          Government.  They have no desire to govern.
          How do we change their minds.

          Seriously, I am not happy that this is behind this movement.  I denied it for a couple of years, too.  But now it is too blatant to ignor.

          A revered leader spells it out not knowing he would be broadcast on youtube.

          It's my Markos' book is titled  THE AMERICAN TALIBAN

          geesh.

          10.2.10 March On Washington http://www.onenationworkingtogether.org/pages/march-details

          by War on Error on Sun Sep 19, 2010 at 01:06:39 PM PDT

          [ Parent ]

          •  why, not why Markos' book...... (1+ / 0-)
            Recommended by:
            jamess

            10.2.10 March On Washington http://www.onenationworkingtogether.org/pages/march-details

            by War on Error on Sun Sep 19, 2010 at 01:07:22 PM PDT

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          •  What "they" are about (1+ / 0-)
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            The thing is,there are different groups. "They" are not all the same.  There is the Tea Party, which is mostly about the economy, small government, etc. and includes many leaning heavily libertarian; so not all of them are social conservatives. To further confound easy classification, many social conservatives are a long way from being Dominionists.  

            Each group is a problem in its own way, and I agree the religious extremists are the scariest of the bunch, but it's necessary to know who/what/which you are dealing with in order to deal with them properly. To get a sense of the uneasy alliance of fiscal and social conservatives, here's a link to an interesting discussion on NPR last week.

            And this morning, we'll dip into the debate over what the Tea Party stands for. The T in Tea Party stands for Taxed Enough Already. That suggests a movement against big government. But some social conservatives push for their issues, too, and today, we'll hear two perspectives. Bryan Fischer works on public policy at the American Family Association in Tupelo, Mississippi. And Toby Marie Walker is cofounder and president of the Waco Tea Party in Waco, Texas.

            http://www.npr.org/...

            I live in Texas, so I've got a front row seat to the text book takeove that been going on for decades. Latest is a ridiculous resolution against text books that give preference to Islam over Christianity - as if their were any such texts. Many of those who have been "political" allies of convenience are repudiating that level of foolishness. And even though I refer to them as ridiculous or foolish, I don't underestimate how determined and dangerous they are.

            A critical way to combat them is to peel off some of that alliance, which may be political convenience or even faith based. If a faith community has been steeplejacked you don't get them to turn on the influences that did it if you immediately jump in and start painting them with the same broad brush. You gently lead them to an awareness of what has been done to them. A good indictor of some splintering going on is the number of "Republicans" running in many of the primaries, from local to national.

  •  Who is Sal Russo? (5+ / 0-)

    Start here , with a current LA Times article

    Sal Russo cut his first political ad in 1969 as a 23-year-old aide to then-Gov. Ronald Reagan, dispatched to California's Salinas Valley to help a local apricot farmer win a state Assembly seat.

    Since then, he has been a mainstay in the state's conservative political circles, consulting for the likes of Gov. George Deukmejian and presidential hopeful Jack Kemp. In the 2008 presidential campaign, he crafted a series of pungent commercials questioning Barack Obama's patriotism in the hopes of bolstering John McCain.

    But the seasoned strategist is now aiming his fire directly at the GOP establishment. As a pivotal player in the "tea party" movement, Russo has helped drive its cause by raising millions of dollars and crafting caustic ads about its opponents. His background as a professional politico, however, has put him at odds with grass-roots leaders who question his motives.

    •  thanks very much Catte Nappe (1+ / 0-)
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      Catte Nappe

      for that welcomed info.


      I wonder who signed his pay checks?

      I bet somehow, the Koch Brothers are involved, lol.

      The press is impotent when it abandons itself to falsehood. --Thomas Jefferson to Thomas Seymour, 1807

      by jamess on Sun Sep 19, 2010 at 12:31:07 PM PDT

      [ Parent ]

      •  I don't think they are all that organized (1+ / 0-)
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        jamess

        This effort comes close to an organized attempt

        The Contract from America initiative was developed within the decentralized tea party and 912 movements. Ryan Hecker, a Houston Tea Party Society activist, developed the concept of creating a grassroots-generated call for reform prior to the April 15, 2009 Tax Day Tea Party rallies.

        http://www.thecontract.org/...

        We, the citizens of the United States of America, call upon those seeking to represent us in public office to sign the Contract from America and by doing so commit to support each of its agenda items and advocate on behalf of individual liberty, limited government, and economic freedom.

        Protect the Constitution
        Reject Cap & Trade
        Demand a Balanced Budget
        Enact Fundamental Tax Reform
        Restore Fiscal Responsibility & Constitutionally Limited Government
        End Runaway Government Spending
        Defund, Repeal, & Replace Government-run Health Care
        Pass an ‘All-of-the-Above" Energy Policy
        Stop the Pork
        Stop the Tax Hikes

        http://www.thecontract.org/

  •  FEC laws on PACs, endorsing, running ads, etc. (4+ / 0-)

    http://www.fec.gov/...

    PACs can support specific candidates. Well known examples would be the Swift Boat guys, or ActBlue.

  •  TPM reported a while back that 2/3's of the money (4+ / 0-)

    the Tea Party Express had raised went back to the founders.

    Majority Of Tea Party Group's Spending Went To GOP Firm That Created It

    Our Country Deserves Better (OCDB) spent around $1.33 million from July through November, according to FEC filings examined by TPMmuckraker. Of that sum, a total of $857,122 went to Sacramento-based GOP political consulting firm Russo, Marsh, and Associates, or people associated with it.

    and

    Yet More Tea Party Spending Went To GOP Consultants

    But it's actually worse than that. It now appears the figure is over three quarters.

    ~snip~

    In other words, we can count the money paid by OCDB to King Media as an additional example of the PAC's spending going back to Russo, Marsh or entities closely associated with it. That brings the total such spending to $1,025,559. And it means that about 76 percent of OCDB's $1.33 million total spending for the period in question, went to Russo, Marsh or entities closely associated with it.

    "Trying to hold back the revision of history is always a good thing." -- Peter Christopherson

    by jethrock on Sun Sep 19, 2010 at 01:02:54 PM PDT

  •  This is what unorganized stupidity (2+ / 0-)
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    jamess, divineorder

    looks like and now thanks to Brad
    and thank you Brad...I know why these
    people are so soooooooooooooooo against
    healthcare.   THEY WOULD ALL BE IN PADDED CELLS !!!!!!!!!  Certifiable..Everyone !
    This is what I am preaching for..More Brads out there confronthing the stupids !

    •  It take all kinds (2+ / 0-)
      Recommended by:
      Catte Nappe, Vetwife

      to fill the bus.


      Who's driving that bus,
      is what concerns me.

      thanks Vetwife for taking the time

      The press is impotent when it abandons itself to falsehood. --Thomas Jefferson to Thomas Seymour, 1807

      by jamess on Sun Sep 19, 2010 at 01:23:55 PM PDT

      [ Parent ]

      •  OMG ..who is driving the bus (1+ / 0-)
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        jamess

        Must be the Ghost of Raygun.
        That is one scary thought.
        Any liberals out there can shift a few gears for some people who dearly need a hospital check up?

        Lord I hope a liberal takes the wheel and scares the bejeebes out of them down some real curvy roads,
        I always heard scaring people could cure some things...Stupid..I don't know about but it does cause one to shut their mouths for awhile.  Some have gone mute being scared I heard.

        •  I wonder if maybe the Ghost of Raygun ... (1+ / 0-)
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          Vetwife

          would be better than the Specter of Cheney?


          It would be MUCH better if the Dems,

          actually tried to inform the masses,

          instead of ignore them.


          The people are desperate for such Leadership,

          have been for a while now ...

          The press is impotent when it abandons itself to falsehood. --Thomas Jefferson to Thomas Seymour, 1807

          by jamess on Sun Sep 19, 2010 at 01:43:05 PM PDT

          [ Parent ]

    •  thanks (1+ / 0-)
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      divineorder

      for the feedback divineorder

      it's like Nite & Day around here.

      compared to yesterday's post.

      must be the chores hour.

      The press is impotent when it abandons itself to falsehood. --Thomas Jefferson to Thomas Seymour, 1807

      by jamess on Sun Sep 19, 2010 at 01:34:49 PM PDT

      [ Parent ]

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