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. anagram_kid

    How can anyone not see that this is the Koch brothers buying elections.

    September 21, 2010 01:20 pm at 1:20 pm |
  2. Audrey Fryer

    Where does a "grass-roots" organization get that kind of money?
    Why are they spending so much to work for the "Government" that they deplore?

    September 21, 2010 01:22 pm at 1:22 pm |
  3. richard in montana

    anonymous donations? the tea baggers wouldn't accept that kind of money, now would they? Non-political party my ass!!!

    September 21, 2010 01:22 pm at 1:22 pm |
  4. KatR

    Can't wait to learn the emerging details of this little slip of the tongue. Current law mandates that campaign donors who contribute large amounts must be identified. As such, it was really stupid that the Tea Party reported that an anonoymous donor contributed a million bucks. Methinks that we're going to learn that this party is not a grassroots movement but rather a carefully orchestrated move by corporate interests to further their dreams of a plutocracy.

    September 21, 2010 01:31 pm at 1:31 pm |
  5. Dumbasrocks [R]s

    "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"

    What?! This is the level of human thought-waste that the Supreme Court pandered to in its "corporations are citizens" ruling. Neo-morons, like the one quoted above, who cannot properly contribute to the intellectual enterprise of our nation deserve to be governed by a money-driven coporate-ocracy, and the Supreme Court gave these deluded idiots the noose to pull past their slack-jaws and put around their own necks.

    The rest of us have our work cut out for us, not only to pull our own intellectual weight, but to make-up of for the dead-weight on the right who wish to pull this country firmly back into the Dark Ages.

    September 21, 2010 01:33 pm at 1:33 pm |
  6. Dave

    This is the only way the repubs can win elections: by getting anonymous billionaires to buy votes. They certainly can't win based on ideas since they don't actually have any of their own.

    September 21, 2010 01:37 pm at 1:37 pm |
  7. Tom-Vermillion Ohio

    Let's see now, who makes 'millions per year', let's see there's Glen Beck, Rush Limbaugh, David & Charles Koch, Rupert Murdock...and the 'list' goes on and on. (I'll bet these folks hate the thought of higher taxes and President Obama in the White House). I still think they should be deported for un-American activities. Trouble is, I can't think of a country that would accept them.

    September 21, 2010 01:37 pm at 1:37 pm |
  8. chutchin


    You are obviously a complete and total moron. I am surprised you could even find the letters on the keyboard to write something so stupid.

    "Great, just loving to see money being spent to contribute to Obamas "fall of failure." I need my money that he has already stolen back and I don't want to give the dope smoking, non workers that love him anymore"

    I need my money that he has already stolen? Really? You have probably received a tax cut rather than a tax hike. So how did Obama steal it? You probably don't have the answer to that either. I also take offense to your "dope smoking, non workers that love him" remark. I have worked everyday since I was 17 years old. Just because you do not agree with another party does not mean that you have to use insults (and stupid ones at that) to try and make your point. I find it pathetic that the persons that reply in this vein like you have are usually the ones that have no clue as to what is going on. Repeated spitting of sound bytes that you hear on the fly are not the type of substance that makes your point ring true. You might want to try to educate yourself and stop smoking that pot....

    September 21, 2010 01:38 pm at 1:38 pm |
  9. Ron in Califonia

    Mikey, you better bring a blow up doll so you won't be lonely. Do you really think that people will come from all over to see a comedy show? Maybe so since there are a lot of clowns in DC.

    September 21, 2010 01:38 pm at 1:38 pm |
  10. Jean-Texas

    Seniors should be very afraid rather than embracing the Tea Party. The billionair Koch brothers are funneling money as fast as they can to the Tea Party candidates. The cry you hear most often from the Tea Party is SMALLER GOVERNMENT. Lets take a look at what that means in Koch speak. Ending Social Security, getting rid of medicare, repealling the health care bill, getting rid of the EPA and that is just the beginning. I have seen a lot of seniors in the tea party crowds, they have no idea what they have bought into, and the Kochs are banking on them not knowing until it is to late. If you have family members who are seniors involved in this movement, do them a big favor and enlighten them.

    September 21, 2010 01:43 pm at 1:43 pm |
  11. ron

    That TEA smells like oil!!!!!!!!!!!!

    September 21, 2010 01:48 pm at 1:48 pm |
  12. Bill

    Somewhere along the line those posting comments failed to understand what they read, so let me explain;

    The article said an anonymous Donner gave a Million dollars to the "Tea Party." For your information the Tea Party is not a candidate for office.
    The Tea Party will be distributing that money to individuals of their choice who are running for office. Illegal? I think not.

    September 21, 2010 01:52 pm at 1:52 pm |
  13. wayne

    One million dollars!!!!! That's alot!

    September 21, 2010 01:53 pm at 1:53 pm |
  14. Mikey

    @ Riley: "The dems MUST BE STOPPED! Obama, Pelosi and Reid have nearly ruined this great nation."

    Even if that is what the are doing or trying to do (which it is DEFINATELY not either case), Bush and the GOP beat them to it by eight (long and disasterous) years. Obama haters are a joke.

    September 21, 2010 01:53 pm at 1:53 pm |
  15. Limbaugh is a liberal

    Tea Party... whining about taxes, government control, and politics as usual while spending all their time and money lobbying and campaigning. This is especially ironic considering that a majority of the Tea Party are retirees who no longer pay taxes, instead living off Social Security and Medicare, not to mention they got a large extra handout from the very stimulus package they keep criticizing.
    Fun fact: the Obama administration has given over half-dozen tax cuts (including one bif one in the aforementioned stimulus bill) and hence taxed American less than even Bush Jr. has. And yet thanks to media talking points people still regard him as a socialist. Yay for people not fact checking!

    September 21, 2010 01:54 pm at 1:54 pm |
  16. ChumBucket

    You libs are a funny bunch, you get your panties all in a bunch over 1mil donation to the tea party, but have no problems with the millions that the dems are giving to their special intrest groups in an attempt to buy their vote....

    September 21, 2010 01:55 pm at 1:55 pm |
  17. Sue

    So, let's see..........As long as I donate as a union member, ACORN member, member of the Hispanic/Black Caucuses, etc.---

    --not only can I donate anonymously........

    -In some instances my tax dollars are being used to campaign for Democrats-–even if I do not support the Democratic candidates.

    September 21, 2010 01:58 pm at 1:58 pm |
  18. bkbf

    I am going to join the Tea Party! Get rid of the tax and spend Dems.

    September 21, 2010 02:03 pm at 2:03 pm |
  19. Frank in Valparaiso Indiana

    Well its NOT anonymous, its KOCH BROTHERS. Do some digging. Not that the Supremes are letting the corporations run wild, welcome to the future.

    How about some light CNN, less GOP BS, you're getting like Fox.

    September 21, 2010 02:05 pm at 2:05 pm |
  20. Mr. Moderate

    Man for a decentralized "grassroots" organization they sure seem to have a lot of money to spend (bribe) on elections. People don't you see how you are once again being played. Other examples:

    The Republicans had complete control of the government for six years yet did nothing to limit abortion. It benefits them more to keep it legal.

    Rush, Hannity, Beck – do you really think they believe half of what they are saying? No, they sit at home and laugh at all of you listerners who help make them multi-millionaires and take their rantings as gospel.

    September 21, 2010 02:05 pm at 2:05 pm |
  21. dano

    For a group that always whines and moans about taxes being too high, they sure have a lot of money to pump into the campaigns of candidates they support. It sounds like they aren't hurting too much in this down economy.

    September 21, 2010 02:12 pm at 2:12 pm |
  22. Chessnutz of Liverpool NY

    Attention E-bay shoppers in the Government departmant we have a 40% off sale for the brand new tea party. One million dollars will buy yourself your very own congressman or senator. In two years look for our president for sale sale.

    The US Government is for sale to the highest bidder for the next few weeks on e-bay. Happy bidding....

    September 21, 2010 02:13 pm at 2:13 pm |
  23. Super Secret

    Anonymous Donor? Really? Since it's not going to a Democrat, then no need to call out the paranoids. Its OK If Your A Republican Teabagger!

    September 21, 2010 02:16 pm at 2:16 pm |
  24. NO Tea For Me

    The tea party are just regular people right?

    September 21, 2010 02:17 pm at 2:17 pm |
  25. DIANA

    Please help make sure that it's just a waste of money. Don't let them anywhere near Washington, unless they come as tourists. The Rebublicans just voted not to repeal DADT. We can't let either the Republicans or everyone's worse nightmare – The Teabaggers in office.

    Don't they realize that by not replealing it, they are putting our troops in harms way?! We don't have enough soldier and with the additional willing to serve, it would raise the troop level. In the trenches, you don't care about the other persons sexuality, you just want to get out of there in one piece. Other countries have gays in the military.

    September 21, 2010 02:17 pm at 2:17 pm |
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