April 27, 2014
ASTROTURF AIN'T CHEAP:
Tea party PACs reap money for midterms, but spend little on candidate (Matea Gold, April 26, 2014, Washington Post)
The Tea Party Patriots Citizens Fund, which blew through nearly $2 million on expenses such as fundraising, polling and consultants in the first three months of this year, is not alone in its meager spending on candidates.A Washington Post analysis found that some of the top national tea party groups engaged in this year's midterm elections have put just a tiny fraction of their money directly into boosting the candidates they've endorsed.The practice is not unusual in the freewheeling world of big-money political groups, but it runs counter to the ethos of the tea party movement, which sprouted five years ago amid anger on the right over wasteful government spending.
They're a Beltway employment program, not a movement.
Posted by Orrin Judd at April 27, 2014 6:32 AM