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."