August 7, 2014
IF GOD HAD NOT WANTED THEM SHEARED...:
How the Tea Party became as corrupt as the Beltway it loathes (Michael Brendan Dougherty, 8/07/14, The Week)
Posted by Orrin Judd at August 7, 2014 2:04 PMThis week, ProPublica released a report on the financial (and moral) corruption of a Tea Party group operating under the name Move America Forward, which was founded by one Sal Russo. Russo also helped start the Our Country Deserves Better PAC, aka the Tea Party Express. Move America Forward has run fake drives to give care packages to troops, stolen images of other charitable campaigns and passed them off as its own, and trumpeted a nonexistent partnership with Walter Reed Hospital -- all while funneling very real millions to itself. The group is an industry leader at taking your Tea Party sentiments (if you have them) and turning them into profits.Unfortunately, the continuing success of Sal Russo and the Tea Party Express is emblematic of a larger failure of the American right -- and perhaps the larger project of American self-governance.Earlier this year, The Daily Caller's Alexis Levinson reported that other Tea Party groups that had raised millions spent up to 80 percent of their money on operating expenditures, salaries, consultants, and mailing list companies, which were often owned by the people who ran the groups themselves.