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Tea Party leaders stand with Rand Paul on amnesty for illegal aliens (Jenny Beth Martin, Sal Russo, Matt Kibbe, Freedomworks) - 03/21/13

... @TeaPartyExpress) * Matt Kibbe of FreedomWorks (@MKibbe, @FreedomWorks) If you're a Teapartier who opposes amnesty, it's time for you to turn on those leaders: seek replacements for them, join a Tea Parties group that's led by actual patriots, or at the least work to change their minds and get them to strongly oppose amnesty. Quotes from this (bolding added): ...Sal Russo, founder of the Tea...

Proof Tea Party is astroturf: Koch group tried to start Teaparties in 2002 - 02/12/13

... disbanded, splitting into two groups: FreedomWorks and Americans for Prosperity. Two Freedomworks leaders - Dick Armey and Matt Kibbe - served on the CSE board in 2004 before the split. The domain now has a holding page, but Freedomworks still owns it. In case anyone tries to claim that the Teaparties were just a spontaneous movement that started in 2009, ask them to explain the 2002 website...

Dick Armey angrily quits FreedomWorks over "principles"; gets $8 million golden parachute (Matt Kibbe) (SEE UPDATES) - 12/04/12

... Armey has resigned as Chairman of FreedomWorks, one of the main organizations pulling the strings on the Tea Parties movement. Armey's resignation letter is at [1] and, as you can see, it wasn't an amicable split. Don't worry about Armey however: he'll be getting an $8 million golden parachute [2]. The big question is who'll get the kids. Before he helped create the Teapartiers, Armey created a...

Marco Rubio, Barack Obama, George Bush, Dick Armey read from same script on immigration - 06/27/12

... Barack Obama, and Dick Armey of FreedomWorks all explaining away the inevitability of illegal immigration. Try to guess who said which (answers below): 1. "Many people who come here illegally are doing exactly what we would do if we lived in a country where we couldn’t feed our families. If my kids went to sleep hungry every night and my country didn’t give me an opportunity to feed them, there...

Freedomworks uses Teaparty-approved Alinsky tactics... against Teaparty (not a learning experience) - 06/29/11

... one of their own stringpullers, FreedomWorks. Don't expect them to learn their lesson and use better tactics, since thinking isn't exactly their forte. From "Tea Party Finds Power Leads to Policy Splits" by Kate Zernike, nytimes.com/2011/06/29/us/politics/29teaparty.html: FreedomWorks has paid for robocalls and newspaper and television campaigns against several conservative Republican...

Glenn Beck, Mark Levin, Limbaugh, Hannity paid to promote FreedomWorks, AFP, Heritage (Koch, immigration) - 06/18/11

... money to promote groups like FreedomWorks, Americans for Prosperity, and the Heritage Foundation. In some cases it might not be obvious to their listeners that those hosts are promoting those groups in part due to the money they receive ("Rush Limbaugh, Sean Hannity, Glenn Beck sell endorsements to conservative groups" by Kenneth Vogel and Lucy McCalmont of Politico, link). * FreedomWorks...

War on Electability: FreedomWorks to oppose Mitt Romney; what the GOP can do (Tea Party) - 05/25/11

Freedomworks is going to actively try to prevent Mitt Romney from getting the GOP nomination [1]. I'm not a fan, but Romney is one of the few electable current or potential candidates. So, the tea parties - controlled in large part by Freedomworks even if they don't know it - might bring their NY-26 magic to the national stage and help elect Barack Obama to four more years. What the GOP can do...

Teaparty leader Dick Armey now wants Mitch Daniels for president - 04/29/11

Teaparty leader Dick Armey of FreedomWorks has announced that Mitch Daniels would be the "perfect pick" for president (link, video here). Let's review: * Dick Armey supports illegal immigration. * Mitch Daniels is weak on immigration (see that link). * Armey's previous pick for president was Mike Pence, someone like Armey linked into Helen Krieble's network and someone who had his own amnesty/...

Tea Party used to push corporate agenda (Institute for Liberty, Monsanto, Asian paper company) - 03/31/11

... Party phenomenon. Working with FreedomWorks and Americans for Prosperity, the institute co-sponsored early Tea Party events in Washington and published a guide called “How to Brew a Tea Party.” Mr. Langer can seem disarmingly candid when discussing his work. In a recent interview, he explained how the institute pitched its services to opponents of the Obama health care plan, resulting in a $1...

Amnesty author Mike Pence for president? Dick Armey, Club for Growth, others hype him (UPDATE: he's out) - 01/21/11

... Krieble, Pence, and Dick Armey of Freedomworks appeared at an event to promote comprehensive immigration reform. The latest bad idea from their general camp is to try to draft Pence to run for president. Those backing the idea include Armey, Chris Chocola of the Club for Growth (known around here as the "Club for Profits at Any Price"), former Rep. Jim Ryun, and Brent Bozell. Per Armey: “What I...

The anti-corporate Tea Party? No: will oppose some corporations, give others a pass (FreedomWorks, useful idiots) - 11/23/10

FreedomWorks [1] have a new effort to get the tea parties to espouse an anti-corporate message. The teapartiers, Fighting the Power? Not so fase: if you're familiar with both the teapartiers and Freedom Works, you know there's a catch, and indeed there is: they're only going to get the tea partiers to oppose *some* corporations, while helping or ignoring another set. Don't worry: the teapartiers...

DiverseTea: tea parties to fight charges of racism... by enabling far-left concepts - 09/13/10

FreedomWorks - the group that pulls many of the strings on the tea parties movement whether the teapartiers want to admit it or not - is launching a new effort called "DiverseTea" (wouldn't "DiversiTea" be better?). They're doing minority outreach in an attempt to show how diverse the teaparties are (link): The ads [to be bought by Freedomworks], which will be accompanied by a yet-to-launch...

Tea Party "Patriots" Admit Failure (They Just Don't Know It) - 09/12/10

... (instapundit.com/106062) * Note the FreedomWorks logo on the podium. Another aspect of their failure is that the tea partiers think they're going to take on the Beltway establishment while being useful idiots for Beltway hacks like Dick Armey. Script: The following is from an actual Tea Party "Patriots" promo video. They can't highlight how they succeeded. Instead, they highlight how they failed...

Glenn Beck "Restoring Honor" rally linked to Dick Armey (Koch too?) - 08/28/10

... learning. 3. Beck and Dick Armey of FreedomWorks are working together (link), and Beck paid a visit to a FreedomWorks event last night: The Washington-based FreedomWorks planned a large event Friday evening to raise money for candidates such as Mike Lee, a tea-party favorite who defeated the incumbent Utah Sen. Republican Bob Bennett in a May primary election vote. FreedomWorks chairman Dick...

McCain trounces JD Hayworth in GOP primary; who's to blame (tea parties, Palin, Scott Brown...) - 08/25/10

In last night's GOP Senate primary in Arizona, John McCain trounced JD Hayworth with 59% versus 29% for Hayworth (and 11% for Jim Deakin). To a certain extent, McCain's win was due to him spending around $20 million on advertising and him pretending to be tough on immigration matters. Defeating McCain would have sent a strong message to the Beltway establishment, the mainstream media, and other...

Even Dick Armey realizes how toxic the "Tea Party" label is - 06/17/10

Even Dick Armey of FreedomWorks - a main stringpuller on the tea parties movement - now realizes that the label "Tea Party" is toxic and politicians should avoid calling themselves "tea party leaders". Recall that last month the Koch family - without which there might not be a tea party movement - also backed away from the tea parties. From this: ...Armey said (Rand Paul)’s "bigger mistake" came...

How D.C. Douglas helps Freedomworks and Teaparty - 05/18/10

... after he left a voicemail for FreedomWorks ("FW").

How Crash the Tea Party could be effective (Brendan Steinhauser of Freedomworks knows!) - 04/14/10

... this disturbing tale is that FreedomWorks - one of the string-pullers for the partiers - knows how they're vulnerable. At the Washington Post article, their Brendan Steinhauser says: Steinhauser passed on a chance to critique the CrashtheParty strategy of discrediting tea partiers. "I'm not going to suggest what they'd do if they were smart," he said. OK, so I'll do that: 1. Their opponents...

"People's Surge Against Obamacare 2.0": another ineffective Freedomworks scheme (Brendan Steinhauser) - 03/12/10

On Tuesday, March 16 FreedomWorks plans a "People's Surge Against Obamacare 2.0" in Washington DC at which they expect "1,000 if not more people" to be "bused in from various parts of the country" in order to protest Obama healthcare. They'll then be sent out on a fool's errand (link): [FreedomWorks' director of federal and state campaigns, Brendan Steinhauser says:] "We're telling people to go...

Dick Armey + PJTV + Glenn Reynolds + Dana Loesch + CPAC = just how dumb are tea partiers? - 02/19/10

Earlier today, Glenn Reynolds posted what might be the shortest summary of just how incredibly dumb and gullible those involved with the tea parties are (pajamasmedia.com/instapundit/94212). Savor it: THE CONTRACT FROM AMERICA: Dana Loesch Interviews Dick Armey at CPAC. That links to a video at Pajamas Media. So, we've got: * Reynolds, someone who among other things has encouraged his followers...

Teaparty fooled again: "Contract from America" has nothing about immigration - 02/18/10

... list of sponsors, which includes FreedomWorks (run by Dick Armey), Grover Norquist's Americans for Tax Reform, the Koch family-linked Heartland Institute, and other no doubt interesting groups. Would Koch Industries and Armey's and Norquist's sponsors have any financial interest in the choices from which the "tea party patriots" are asked to choose? See each of those links for more information...

Sarah Palin, Dick Armey, Grover Norquist, Scott Brown support John McCain; what J.D. Hayworth supporters can do - 02/15/10

Sarah Palin, Dick Armey of Freedomworks (see the update), Grover Norquist, and newly-elected senator Scott Brown are all supporting John McCain in his Senate re-election bid. Meanwhile, Chris Simcox dropped out of the GOP nomination earlier today, and has endorsed McCain's strongest rival, JD Hayworth. The last is running as the True Conservative against the RINO McCain. 1. This is yet another...

Take Back America PAC from stimulus lobbyist, illegal immigration supporter Dick Armey - 12/15/09

... organization from Dick Armey's FreedomWorks; if you're considering sending them any money please read the following links first: * Dick Armey did stimulus bill-related lobbying for a couple companies around the same time as Freedomworks was incompetently opposing the bill. It's unknown what his lobbying consisted of, but there's a more than fair chance that his actions didn't result in the...

Dick Armey lobbied in regards to the Stimulus Plan; what did he do? - 11/20/09

... tea parties organizer, head of FreedomWorks, and former Rep. Dick Armey lobbied in regards to the stimulus plan. The documents don't indicate what the lobbying consisted of, but there's certainly a fair possibility that he wasn't lobbying to reduce the amount of the stimulus.

Liberals cheer racism, repudiation of U.S. sovereignty at tea party protest by Nick Espinosa (Daniel Tencer) - 11/16/09

... Reynolds nor Pajamas Media nor FreedomWorks nor other usual suspects promoted them; this illustrates once again that those pulling the strings on the tea parties movement are libertarians who at the least are weak on immigration if not outright open borders loons. 2. The "partiers" bend over backwards to point out that their movement isn't just for white people; Tencer is just smearing them. 3....

Ironic: Dick Armey's support for massive immigration leads to more spending, bigger government - 11/12/09

... Parties leader Dick Armey of FreedomWorks spoke at the Cato Institute about various topics including immigration (cato.org/pubs/policy_report/pr-ja-da.html), and his remarks are incredibly ironic: his immigration policies lead to the opposite of the other policies he claims to support. Most of what he supported then has since occurred albeit on a smaller scale, and we know how that worked out....

Max Blumenthal smears tea parties in "Teabagger Tour" video - 09/15/09

... industry front man Dick Armey" (of FreedomWorks). As can be seen by his name's link, I'm not a big fan of Baby Max. At the same time, as can be seen at the DC link above and in the main tea parties coverage I'm not much of a fan of them either. However, what Blumenthal will never discuss is that when it comes to immigration, both he and Armey are on the same general side. It's also worth noting...

Irony deficient Christopher Knight of LAT: "Glenn Beck's '9-12' logo based on communist and socialist designs" - 09/14/09

... discussion last month about how FreedomWorks controls the "grassroots" movement, specifically the logo: In that FreedomWorks response, forwarded to the group a few days earlier by Jenny Beth and also obtained by TPMmuckraker, Brendan Steinhauser, an organizer for the corporate-backed group, explained that FreedomWorks would stick with its original logo, which shows raised fists in front of the...

9/12: Tea Party march on Washington DC live coverage (Glenn Beck, Freedomworks) - 09/12/09

... in (at their own expense) by FreedomWorks (run by the corporate lobbyist Dick Armey). Hopefully many will be wearing period costumes and playing fifes, since we know that playing dress-up games is in their DNA. Will there be a blimp? Wait and see! To prepare yourself for the Ron Pa Patriotic March By The Only True Patriots In The United States, watch this video of corporate lobbyist Dick Armey...

2007: Dick Armey sticks up for illegal aliens, "bless their hearts" - 09/04/09

... 2007 and features Dick Armey of FreedomWorks (also a tea parties organizer) sticking up for illegal aliens. He claims "I don't like illegal immigration", but then engages in indirect baby-waving in order to in effect support it. While the video is a recent upload to Youtube, it's been available for a while at Reason Magazine (including a couple comments from me: reason.com/blog/show/125183.html...

"Energy Citizens": tea partiers' love for corporations goes unrequited (FreedomWorks) - 08/23/09

... tea partiers!" And, in fact, FreedomWorks did call them in to the Houston rally. However, those inside the meeting apparently didn't want to rub shoulders with the hoi polloi and turned them away, as you can see on the attached video. Bear in mind that the source is Public Citizen via ThinkProgress [1], so there's the possibility that it was faked up. However, that appears to be slight. While...

Helen Krieble's absurd Red Card "Temporary" Workers "Solution" - 06/23/09

Helen Krieble - president of the Vernon K. Krieble Foundation, an heir to the Loctite fortune, and an associate of Dick Armey - has been pushing her own guest workers plan for a few years. Now, apparently she wants to give it yet another try and has come out with the "Red Card" scheme, which is similar to the plan offered a few years ago by Mike Pence. In a word, her plan is absurd: it's divorced...

Tea parties have arrived! Paul Krugman does hit piece on them. - 04/13/09

... a key role is being played by FreedomWorks, an organization run by Richard Armey, the former House majority leader, and supported by the usual group of right-wing billionaires. And the parties are, of course, being promoted heavily by Fox News. While there's at least one instance of "AstroTurf" (a video produced by the GOP), in the main the parties do represent an outpouring of public sentiment...

Instapundit chats with tea party "facilitator" from Koch-linked group - 04/08/09

... Party facilitators Matt Kibbe of Freedomworks and Chris Bond of Americans for Prosperity about tea parties and where they should go next. Click their name's link for more on the AFP; at least as of November of last year the chairman of their foundation's board was David Koch of the Koch family and they'd received money from that foundation; do a search for Kochtopus if you aren't familiar with...

The stupidity of the tea parties rolls on, at much reduced rate - 03/30/09

... re-authorize it. Since that time, FreedomWorks (freedomworks.org/blog/bstein80/cape-coral-tea-party-is-on) apparently bought insurance and filled out the forms or similar. Requiring permits for marches and the like is a very standard practice; cities can abuse those rules and if they do they should be sued. However, that's apparently not the case here: the city had reasonable demands that the...

"Tea Parties": an astroturfed Koch family movement (FreedomWorks, Instapundit, Rick Santelli) - 02/28/09

... Institute and Reason Magazine to FreedomWorks. The scion of the Koch family, Fred Koch, was a co-founder of the notorious extremist-rightwing John Birch Society. ...ChicagoTeaParty.com was just one part of a larger network of Republican sleeper-cell-blogs set up over the course of the past few months, all of them tied to a shady rightwing advocacy group coincidentally named the “Sam Adams...

Melanie Morgan "storms" Arlen Specter's office over stimulus bill, does nothing useful - 02/10/09

Melanie Morgan of Move America Forward offers "Why I stormed Sen. Specter's office" (link), describing her visit (along with JimRob from FreeRepublic) to Arlen Specter's office in regards to the stimulus plan; see this for the background. Take a look at her description of the visit, and then ask yourself: what exactly was accomplished? The answer (aside from a little promotion for Morgan) was:...

FreeRepublic delivers to-be-ignored letter to Specter about stimulus - 02/09/09

Earlier today, a group of people from FreeRepublic including their leader Jim Robinson ("JimRob") presented a letter to Arlen Specter's office opposing the stimulus plan (link). Apparently Melanie Morgan was also involved in some way. It's a shame they didn't put an RFID tag on the letter or something, otherwise they could have found out how quickly it was thrown in the trash. While the reference...

Dick Armey, Kay Bailey Hutchison, Mike Pence, and Helen Krieble do lunch - 09/26/06

From their press release: FreedomWorks Foundation sponsored a luncheon for Capitol Hill staffers to discuss immigration reform that will balance both security and economic concerns. In particular, the forum will examine options for strengthening our borders while establishing procedures that provide law-abiding workers a legitimate path to the American workplace. FreedomWorks chairman and...

Big Business Balks at Bush Propaganda Plan - 08/29/05

President Bush has created the Orwellian-named "Americans for Border and Economic Security" to push for his massive guest worker amnesty scheme. Now, Bloomberg reports, Big Business is balking at the plan: ..."There is a reluctance to sign up for something that might turn out not to be the type of immigration reform bill we want to see," said John Gay [1], who runs a coalition in support of...