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Tea Party Flies High on IRS Scandal

The days after the 2012 election were dark ones for the tea party. Most of their candidates lost, Tea Party Caucus chairwoman Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-Minn.) barely held on and then faced ethics questions, and polling showed the tea party brand to be deeply tarnished. Things had gotten so bad that some groups in California wanted to drop “tea party” from their names.

At the national headquarters of Tea Party Patriots, one of the largest umbrella groups, head Jenny Beth Martin presided over empty desks and dwindling volunteer and donor rolls. It was “frightening,” she tells the Wall Street Journal in a new profile of the conservative grass-roots leader out today.

Then, like a ray of sunlight piercing through the clouds, came the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) scandal and the perception (that later turned out to be largely false) that the tax agency politically targeted tea party groups. “From that moment, the tea party has roared back to life,” Martin told the Journal. Soon, her staff doubled, donations tripled, and she now has to subsist on three hours of sleep most nights just to keep up with work and media requests for interviews.

Source: Washington Post. Read full article. (link)

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  • New Hampshire||

    Gee Reason ought to know --

    1) TPP is not a legit tea party but a GOP PAC started two years after (2009) the tea party
    2) JPB is a GOP consultant, not a libertarian who started an unfunded mvmt in 2007
    3) Legit tea parties don't share financial information with the IRS
    4) Ending, not auditing, the IRS was one of the lynchpin issues of the teaparty when formed in 2007 along with end the fed, end the war, and restore personal freedoms
    5) NH has one of the original 2007 tea parties and doesn't recognize groups who call themselves nat'l spokespeople for their LIBERTARIAN movement

    Please reason, don't give these people any INK!

  • New Hampshire||

    Typo above JPB = JBM as in Jenny Beth Martin

    Other impostors are Meckler, Phillips, Russo, Denninger, Kremer, etc.

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