In GOP civil war, an outsized advantage
April 25th, 2014
09:41 AM ET
8 months ago

In GOP civil war, an outsized advantage

Washington (CNN) – It's been widely reported. The Republican Party is locked in battle. Establishment Republicans are being challenged by insurgents hoping to purify the brand and return the GOP to small government, free market principles.

The conservative grassroots are organizing this election season to elect their preferred, ideologically pure candidate, even if that means unseating House and Senate incumbents. It's a strategy they had in 2010 and 2012 with mixed results.

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  1. Silence DoGood

    @Dominican mama 4 Obama
    The tea party was not at all "founded" by the Koches
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    No it was just "funded" by the Koch brothers.
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    Founded, funded heavily (always >50%), or co-opted. Almost all of the accounts go with one of the three. None of those fit with the advertised "grass roots" nature of the Tea Party. And the Kochs are happy to let the delusion ride with the membership, when the benefit to them is profit and nothing to do with politics.

    April 25, 2014 01:56 pm at 1:56 pm |
  2. tom l

    know, I know. The opinion of a conservative is a fact, which you've made perfectly clear. Which is where your utter confusion comes from. Conservative posts misleading rant, with no basis in fact. I post the facts, which you, in turn, interpret me as disagreeing with original poster. Disagreement isn't even the picture, dude. Facts facts don't tell lies"
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    They are never facts, Rudy. They are your opinions. It is perfect fine to have opinions but what may be "true" to you is not necessarily "true" to either smith or myself. You always tell us why and how a conservative is motivated. That's not a fact. That's your opinion as to why they are motivated by some issue. Here are some of your quotes on different topics that you would call "facts' of repubs –

    "Economic destruction is the goal" – that is your opinion, that is not a fact

    "If you want to split hairs about public and private shareholders, you take that discussion up with little tom. He likes chasing wild geese." – here you have called me a name

    "Because I cannot think of one healthcare innovation that has ever come out of the private healthcare insurance industry. The only exception might be junk insurance policies, which is highly profitable." – your opinion of policies that you would call a "fact" that they are junk when that is just an opinion

    Shall I continue?

    April 25, 2014 01:57 pm at 1:57 pm |
  3. Winston Smith

    Bye-bye Mitch. And good riddance.

    April 25, 2014 02:04 pm at 2:04 pm |
  4. CryBabies

    Get a life liberal bloggers!! Breath some fresh air!

    April 25, 2014 02:06 pm at 2:06 pm |
  5. Dominican mama 4 Obama

    smith

    @DM4O-I`ve seen many times where people have claimed that the left gets the bulk of funds from the little people making small donations. Also, many claim the GOP is the party for the rich or 1%. Like I said people like Steyer and Soros show thats not all true
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    Okay smith.
    However that claim does not negate the fact that BOTH parties have wealthy benefactors, which goes against the orginal assertion that you pointed out that only the right had fat cat donors.
    Saying that the majority of contributions for the Dems came from "little people" does not negate contributions made by Left leaning wealthy donors does it?
    I think what most people on this site harp about has to do with the secrecy of contributions by Right leaning donors as it pertains to Citizens United, and the latest decision of our illustrious Supreme Court regarding donor anonymity.
    IMO.
    For the record there is no way NOT to believe that politicians on BOTH sides of the aisle are well-funded by wealthy donors who all have their special interests.
    Corruption and selling-out to the highest bidder is not Party specific.
    Again, in my opinion smith.

    April 25, 2014 02:18 pm at 2:18 pm |
  6. smith

    @Silence- You gripe about the Koch`s hiding behind grassroot movements. Open Society, MoveOn, Code Pink, and etc are the movements Soros hides behind.

    April 25, 2014 02:27 pm at 2:27 pm |
  7. Silence DoGood

    @smith
    @Silence- You gripe about the Koch`s hiding behind grassroot movements. Open Society, MoveOn, Code Pink, and etc are the movements Soros hides behind.
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    So your response and sum total argument is that Soros is as bad as the Kochs. Well at least you seem to concede that the Kochs are the Tea Party as I claim. I just wanted the TeaLibans here to see who is pulling their strings.

    BTW donor lists for those organizations are public.

    April 25, 2014 02:38 pm at 2:38 pm |
  8. Rudy NYC

    CryBabies

    Get a life liberal bloggers!! Breath some fresh air!
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    Breathe some fresh air? In New York City? BTW, I'm no liberal blogger. You're just so far to the right that you think moderates are hard core liberals.

    April 25, 2014 02:41 pm at 2:41 pm |
  9. Thomas

    Republican Strong 2014

    Sell all National Parks to private corporations , balance the budget and secure our borders !

    April 25, 2014 02:41 pm at 2:41 pm |
  10. smith

    @DM40-My point is if your going to complain about the Koch Bros then you can`t be silent or give a pass to people like Soros and Steyer. As far as the secret donations or hiding behind groups see comment 81.

    April 25, 2014 02:45 pm at 2:45 pm |
  11. tom l

    "For the record there is no way NOT to believe that politicians on BOTH sides of the aisle are well-funded by wealthy donors who all have their special interests.
    Corruption and selling-out to the highest bidder is not Party specific"
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    Amen to that. There is a way to lessen that "influence" through a flat tax as then there would be on "loopholes" for lobbyists to lobby for. It wouldn't take all of the money out, but it surely would lesson the load.

    I think the overall point that smith and I are taking to make is that there appears to be a double standard from the gang when it comes to their harping on big donors. We have both heard time and again that all of Obama's contributions came from the little people but that is just not true. Just read up on this guy Tom Steyer and see what he represents. He is essentially doing exactly what the Koch's do and from the other side's perspective the ads that he will place will be "lies" and "mischaracterizations of the issues" just like the gang will complain about the Koch's "lies" and "distortions".

    April 25, 2014 02:45 pm at 2:45 pm |
  12. smith

    @Silence-Im against what Koch Bros, Bloomberg, Soros, and every other chump that throws their wallet into the political landscape. The real damage done by these peeps and groups is the tv, radio, and internet ads which I would like to see banned.

    April 25, 2014 02:50 pm at 2:50 pm |
  13. CryBabies

    Rudy....;Feeling paranoid are we?

    April 25, 2014 02:51 pm at 2:51 pm |
  14. rs

    Thomas

    Republican Strong 2014

    Sell all National Parks to private corporations , balance the budget and secure our borders !
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    Sick and twisted. National Parks belong to us all- not just the soul-less money grubbing hordes of the Right.

    April 25, 2014 02:52 pm at 2:52 pm |
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