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Tea Party Groups Expected to Spend More on Elections


In this upcoming presidential election, Republicans will have a resource they have not had in past years — the financial backing of the tea party movement, reports Reuters.

In the 2010 elections, tea party groups spent millions of dollars on congressional campaigns. Americans for Prosperity are among these lucrative groups that did not exist before the movement took off in 2009.

"We by years anticipated the tea party movement," said Americans for Prosperity (AFP) president Tim Phillips. "Folks look at that and go, ‘I like the idea that it is long term and real infrastructure. Donors like that.’"

AFP spent $40 million on 2010 races and plans to spend more than $100 million for the 2012 races, Phillips said. Other tea party affiliates like FreedomWorks established superPACS in anticipations of the 2012 election, allowing them to spend virtually unlimited sums of money.

The groups, like AFP, say they are merely helping a grassroots movement seeking a voice. Critics say they are exploiting individual Americans' anger over economic troubles to promote a big business political agenda.

The money spent by tea party organizations goes primarily into setting up bus tours and rallies around the country, promoting Republicans’ key issues: cutting spending and downsizing government.

 
Posted by TPI editor on 10/13/2011 3:00:03 PM


 
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