As a matter of fact, you’d do well to think a couple of dozen times before dropping a dime to any Tea Party PAC.
The Washington Post has an excellent article about where the money goes. They’re certainly not our favorite newspaper, but they’ve done a bang-up job on this story.
When the Tea Party Patriots threw its support last month behind Matt Bevin, the underdog conservative challenger trying to unseat top Senate Republican Mitch McConnell, President Jenny Beth Martin vowed the group would be “putting our money where our mouth is.”
So far, its super PAC has mustered just $56,000 worth of mailers in Kentucky on Bevin’s behalf — less than half the amount it has paid Martin in consulting fees since July.
Martin, the super PAC’s chairwoman, oversees all its expenditures, according to Broughton, meaning she sets her own $15,000 monthly fee for strategic consulting — payments that have totaled $120,000 since July.
She also draws a salary as president of the Tea Party Patriots’ nonprofit arm — getting more than $272,000 in the 2012 fiscal year, according to the group’s most recent tax filing.
Her twin salaries put her on track to make more than $450,000 this year, a dramatic change in lifestyle for the tea party activist, who had filed for bankruptcy in 2008 and then cleaned homes for a period of time to bring in extra money.
So, Jenny Beth is drawing about $40,000 a month and making sure that Matt Bevin gets taken care of to the tune of $56,000 for his campaign. Jenny Beth declined to comment. We sincerely hope she’s asked about her outrageous income at every stop.
Just to be clear, we have no issue with paying the people who do the work. We’re capitalists. We’re just of the opinion that Jenny Beth doesn’t bring that much to the party.
The Post article mentions a number of groups, one they missed is the Tea Party News Network, run by Todd Cefaratti, a shady character if one ever walked out of a dark corner.
Cefaratti has a long history at raising money and making it go away. He’s also never been seen at a Tea Party event in his home state of Arizona.
A number of media organizations looked into the TheTeaParty.net website, and it has been noted that the cash that was raised out of that website did not even go to support one candidate for office. The cash raised did however go to pay expenses for running their office and marketing. Over 258,000.00 actually went towards expenses and marketing the website. The rest of the money raised went elsewhere, because in the forms we have it didn’t show any payroll expenses or support for candidates …
Cefaratti started TheTeaParty.net, a website that raised money and collected email addresses which he then used for a reverse mortgage lead business he was running (and probably still is.)
Unfortunately, the law hasn’t gone after Cefaratti yet, but we’re sincerely hoping they do and that he spends the rest of his days at the GrayBar Hotel. He’s taken millions from unsuspecting people who want to change the political landscape for the better. In fact, the only thing he’s changed is his lifestyle.
Here at Curmudgeon Central, we give to candidates not to PACs. We have issues paying people like Jenny Beth and Cefaratti, especially when they bring exactly nothing to the party. Or the Party, for that matter.
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