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Plutocrats Are Playing Tea Partiers for Fools

Dana Milbank: This anti-elite movement is funded by elites

(Newser) - Tea Party activists are right to be angry, writes Dana Milbank—but that anger should be directed at their own supposed leaders. Ordinary citizens are being manipulated by deep-pocketed "plutocrats" and "professional politicians" like those at FreedomWorks, he writes at the Washington Post . And before you follow Glenn... More »

Tea Party: We Want 'Hostile Takeover' of GOP

Dick Armey writes 'manifesto'

(Newser) - With the tea party shaping into a political force, FreedomWorks honchos Dick Armey and Matt Kibbe take it upon themselves to write a “manifesto” for the movement in today’s Wall Street Journal . It contains some fighting words. “Let’s be clear about one thing,” they write.... More »

'Non-Political' Glenn Beck Rally Looks Pretty Political

...despite foundation's 501(c)3 status

(Newser) - Glenn Beck has insisted that his much-hyped Aug. 17 rally on the national mall will not be political. "This is not a tea party," he said on his radio show in May. "This is not a political event." That's because he's holding the event with the... More »

Tea Party Battles to Scrub Racist Image

Bigots aren't welcome, say leaders

(Newser) - Tea Party groups are fighting to overcome widespread perceptions that their movement is racist. Polls show that some 30% of Americans see the movement as motivated by racism against the nation's first black president, a figure that rises to 61% among opponents and sinks to 7% among supporters. Leaders say... More »

GEICO Fires Voice Actor After He Insults Tea Partiers

But it wasn't the guy who does the gecko

(Newser) - They didn't stop the health care bill, but tea partiers have gotten the voice of GEICO fired. No, not the gecko, the guy who says, "GEICO, real service, real savings." It seems he called up the group FreedomWorks and left a long, nasty message with lines like, "... More »

GOP Hopes to Take Tea Party Cash to the Bank

PACs compete for 2010 donations from anti-tax activists

(Newser) - As Tea Party wrath brews, conservatives are hoping the anti-tax activists put their money where their mouth is in 2010—and a plethora of political action committees are springing up, angling for a piece of the pie. Dick Armey's Freedomworks Foundation launches its Take Back America PAC this week and... More »

In Health Battle, Dick Armey Rides Again

Ex-House leader strides back onto national stage over health care

(Newser) - This year's battle over health care reform feels like the early '90s all over again to Dick Armey. The former House majority leader and his FreedomWorks foundation have been at the heart of protests against the Obama administration, channeling conservative power in the same way the Christian right used to,... More »

Protest Organizer Inflated Crowd Size: ABC News

FreedomWorks president attributed 1.5M turnout to network

(Newser) - The organizer of the "Tea Party" protest in Washington yesterday falsely attributed a high estimate of the turnout to ABC News, the network reports. Matt Kibbe, the head of FreedomWorks, said on stage that ABC estimated the turnout at 1 million to 1.5 million people. In a... More »

Thousands of DC Protesters Blast Obama Policies

Demonstration stretches for blocks along Pennsylvania Avenue

(Newser) - Tens of thousands of people marched to the US Capitol today, carrying signs with slogans such as "Obamacare makes me sick" as they protested the president's health care plan and what they say is out-of-control spending. The line of protesters spread across Pennsylvania Avenue for blocks, all the way... More »

Fad or Movement? March Tests Sway of Tea Parties

Vocal minority could hurt Republicans, critics say

(Newser) - The “Tea Party Express” bus has rolled into Washington today for a “Taxpayer March” to the Capitol, and if you listen to organizers, it’s the start of a real political movement. “You can’t manufacture this kind of thing,” says a conservative radio host. A... More »

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