September 21st, 2010
11:42 AM ET
8 years ago

Tea Party group to pump $1 million into midterms


Washington (CNN) - A leading national Tea Party organization says it's going to pump $1 million to local Tea Party groups to spend on the midterm elections, thanks to an anonymous donation.

The Tea Party Patriots announced Tuesday that money will be distributed no later that October 4. Tea Party Patriots co-founder Mark Meckler said the funds won't be spent on his organization, but rather are "intended to go out to the groups on the ground, in the field."

"The goal of this donation is to do what we've always done as Tea Party Patriots, is to help groups on the ground be more effective at what they're already doing, not to tell them what to do, not to tell them how to spend the money," Meckler said.

As a group, the Tea Party Patriots is not required to publicly disclose its financial backers because they are classified as a "social welfare" group under section 501(c)4 of the tax code. As long as the group does not mention individual candidates in campaign material they do not have to release donor names. This is one way the Patriots differ from the Tea Party Express and FreedomWorks groups who both endorse specific candidates.

Meckler said the grant will be distributed among the Tea Party Patriots' 2,800 local affiliates and requests for the money must be received by September 26.

"Their job is to take those funds and leverage their activities on the ground already," Meckler said. "We believe the best government is local government, the best tea party is the local tea party."

Filed under: 2010 • Tea Party Nation
soundoff (85 Responses)
  1. librarian

    I am sure that it will be used wisely, like .... paying for rent, meals, trips to the Bahamas and tuition ...

    September 21, 2010 12:26 pm at 12:26 pm |
  2. Flagship, NC

    An anonymous donation, just itself should be considered a RED light.
    They now have joined the back room closed door secret meetings just like all the other parties.

    September 21, 2010 12:27 pm at 12:27 pm |
  3. S.B. Stein E.B. NJ

    I do like that they are looking to get involved in government. The major things that I question are: what do they want government to do? What spending would they cut? How would they maintain the services that people are currently relying on?

    There are so many things that government does that we don't immediately think about like roads and food safety. Are they going to ask the wealthy to start paying for social welfare groups like soup kitchens and places to shelter those with no place to go among other things.

    September 21, 2010 12:27 pm at 12:27 pm |
  4. Lynn

    Probably the Koch brothers are at it again with their donation. Buying their party back into office whatever way it takes.

    September 21, 2010 12:30 pm at 12:30 pm |
  5. The Unsub

    good luck with that

    September 21, 2010 12:44 pm at 12:44 pm |
  6. Monster Zero

    I have repeatedly said that both sides of the establishment of DC politicians have seriously underestimated the TEA PARTY MOVEMENT. Call it what you want, make fun of the participants, slander them, call them racist, call them right wing radicals or whatever you care but come November and then 2012, they will show their mighty force at the voting booth in an effort to regain our National prosperity and way of life. Americans working for Government are now faced with voting against their own personal best interests to save our Nation from these liberal left wing globalist loon profiteers, Right or Left just follow the money, that is always what it is about, we are just the beasts of burden.

    September 21, 2010 12:50 pm at 12:50 pm |
  7. Dumbasrocks [R]s

    So let's see, as long as I donate anonymously, I can donate $1 million worth of 'free speech" to a political campaign? Why have any campaign finance laws at all, then? This loophole is larger than the hole in most rightwingers' heads, and the mega-tard tea-turds are driving their dimented political truck right through it.

    September 21, 2010 12:51 pm at 12:51 pm |
  8. GL

    This is want President Obama worn against the BIG CORPORATIONS FUNDING THESE ELECTIONS? This is corporate corrupt. They should at least have to say who they are. If you think things are bad now just want until Corporatate American take full controll over the Congress. The poor and the middle class will be out in the cold FOR SURE!

    September 21, 2010 12:53 pm at 12:53 pm |
  9. GL

    Monster Zero – The Tea Baggers are rich white angry racist people that hate the fact a black man is running the White House. Even Steven Wonder can see that.

    September 21, 2010 12:55 pm at 12:55 pm |
  10. SamAdams25

    Well, one thing is for certain. It won't be taxpayer's money like ACORN gets. You lefty whiners can't stand it when you don't have an unfair advantage. The end of "progressivism" (socialism) begins in 42 days.

    September 21, 2010 12:56 pm at 12:56 pm |
  11. macguysea

    Stupid, stupid people. You tea party people are only the peons for the very wealthy elite. You are only drones to do their bidding.

    September 21, 2010 12:59 pm at 12:59 pm |
  12. Anonymous

    Let me guess who is back rolling this one..And my question is, they must be just a tad bit worried, because why else would they need to spend that kind of money..imagine what that money could do to really help those in need ?????

    September 21, 2010 12:59 pm at 12:59 pm |
  13. So will I

    As an independent voter ( used to be a moderately conservative leaning democrat until november of 2008) I will be donating to the tea party candidates. I'm fed up with both major parties. Bur I'm way more fed up with the bunch thats in office now for ramming the unwanted healthcare down our throats. Also obama is destroying thousands of jobs in the drilling and it's support industries with this stupid ill conceived moratorium which means nothing. Must be his plan to punish the oil industry and the gulf coast. Course this also plays into his green agenda. It also punishes consumers when the gas prices go up because we have to bring in more oil from the muslim countries, another plan perhaps?

    September 21, 2010 12:59 pm at 12:59 pm |
  14. Marie MD

    @four and the door says "We are fed up with Democrats and their political gamesmanship and their constant flow of funding to their special interests. It's time now to manage the country, not their political party."
    You realize that you just described what your rethugs are doing, right? Thanks for the roberts supreme court we now have corporations giving money to politicians that not one single person can match.

    September 21, 2010 01:02 pm at 1:02 pm |
  15. GL

    Mikey September 21st, 2010 11:58 am ET

    On October 30 we are going to find out just how many people don't think to much of the Tea Party – the Rally to Restore Sanity and the March to Keep Fear Alive should swamp the angry Beckhead rallies.

    In the end, sanity, respect, rationality, and common sense (and perhaps a bit of mockery of the constume wearing fringe) will prevail over anger, disrespect, and irrational fear. See you in DC.

    I will be there!

    September 21, 2010 01:03 pm at 1:03 pm |
  16. Vic of New York

    You mean Dick Army, the Croak Brothers, Newt Gingrich, Carl Rove, and their corporate-interest parties are pouring money to derail and hijack an election. Welcome to Afghanistan, where elections are decided by how many crooked votes can be purchased by money!

    September 21, 2010 01:03 pm at 1:03 pm |
  17. Snow

    Better the money comes from business's rather than overpaid/under worked unions. The demorat party, bought and paid for by the union leadership even though alot of their members will vote GOP.

    September 21, 2010 01:04 pm at 1:04 pm |
  18. LacrosseMom(the real one)

    I see that CNN censors did not post my Koch brothers comment....... interesting!

    We all know that the Koch brothers extreme-conservatives, have been funding the campaigns for their Tea Party candidates.

    TOO bad that CNN is not doing investigative reporting any more. Its a sad day for Freedom of the Press!

    One million donation= Koch brothers.

    September 21, 2010 01:06 pm at 1:06 pm |
  19. Al-NY,NY

    ..and they serve the "people" and not "corporate interests"....what a laugh

    September 21, 2010 01:08 pm at 1:08 pm |
  20. Doug from Seattle

    So where is the Tea Party getting this money from? "We the People" or private corporations!? The Koch brothers?

    September 21, 2010 01:08 pm at 1:08 pm |
  21. bill

    truth in giveig big donations.they should have to post where that money comes from.all of them .including sister sarah. wake up america.these are the people that are cuts for FILTHY RICH.

    September 21, 2010 01:10 pm at 1:10 pm |
  22. Sam Ellison

    The same people that oppose a measly 3% increase in taxes for the wealthiest 2 percent of Americans are the same people that will pump $1 million into the campaigns of liars and witches. God Bless America.

    September 21, 2010 01:11 pm at 1:11 pm |
  23. Whatever

    When the billionaire Koch brothers is the major funder of the Tea Party... $1 mil is a drop in the bucket. These two men work in "secrecy". They remind of the brothers from Trading Places. They tampered with reports, to manipulate stock prices and/or lifes. Trading Places may have been a movie but these two men are living proof if you have the $$ you can do just about anything you want secretly.

    September 21, 2010 01:16 pm at 1:16 pm |
  24. PaDoc

    ...A one million dollar "anonymous donation." Boy, does this stink!

    September 21, 2010 01:19 pm at 1:19 pm |
  25. Nando

    KOCH brothers money you mean ,!! most of the GOP tea party!!! are poor broke white trash mad at the world !!!!!!!!!!!!you won't get one penny from those tight wads their money goes to Beer and Gun ranges !

    September 21, 2010 01:19 pm at 1:19 pm |
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