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How national tea party groups missed the David Brat boat
Washington Post ^ | June 10, 2014 | BY MATEA GOLD

Posted on 06/11/2014 5:07:39 AM PDT by Oldeconomybuyer

David Brat’s surprise victory Tuesday over House Majority Leader Eric Cantor was quickly embraced by the tea party movement – especially national tea party groups that have been looking to score a big win in their battle against GOP incumbents this cycle.

Leaders of the Tea Party Patriots quickly chimed in on Twitter.

So how much did their groups spend to help Brat win?

Zero.

Of the measly $4,805 in political expenditures against Cantor reported to the Federal Election Commission, none came from the big national tea party groups, according to data compiled by the nonpartisan Sunlight Foundation. The bulk was spent by a newly formed super PAC called We Deserve Better PAC on an online ad that attacked Cantor as pro-amnesty.

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TOPICS: Constitution/Conservatism; News/Current Events; Politics/Elections; US: Virginia
KEYWORDS: brat; cantor; election2014; teaparty

1 posted on 06/11/2014 5:07:39 AM PDT by Oldeconomybuyer
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To: Oldeconomybuyer

yeah the “Tea Party” was unavailable when David Brat called, disgusting, too big for their britches already


2 posted on 06/11/2014 5:09:28 AM PDT by yldstrk ( My heroes have always been cowboys)
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To: Oldeconomybuyer

There are two “tea parties”.

The first is the original spontaneous militia of Patriots
supporting the US Constitution, Americans and Law.

The second is the group formed parasitically
by Romney and Soros
to maintain the status quo and statism.


3 posted on 06/11/2014 5:11:37 AM PDT by Diogenesis
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To: Oldeconomybuyer; nickcarraway; BillyBoy; fieldmarshaldj; Impy; GOPsterinMA; NFHale
RE :The lack of financial firepower on Brat’s behalf may have been in part his fault – the largely unknown candidate, an economics professor at Randolph-Macon College in Ashland, Va., failed to show up to two gatherings of national conservative operatives and activists last month, citing finals.
.....But it’s worth noting that many of the national tea party groups that have been the most pugilistic about this year’s intra-party fights have not invested much money into helping the candidates on the ground. As we reported earlier this year, organizations such as Tea Party Patriots and the Madison Project are spending huge sums on fundraising, salaries and consultants, while just putting a tiny fraction of the millions of dollars they have raised into political expenditures.
The fact that Brat took off without the help of those organizations now makes it harder for them to claim his victory as their own.”

Interesting story

4 posted on 06/11/2014 5:12:50 AM PDT by sickoflibs (King Obama : 'The debate is over. The time for talk is over. Just follow my commands you serfs""')
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To: Diogenesis

You are 100% correct.


5 posted on 06/11/2014 5:13:40 AM PDT by mazda77
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To: Oldeconomybuyer

Why is it so hard to just have ONE official tea party group to coordinate things nationally?

There are simply too many tiny groups that dilute all the money, and don’t have a good media strategy. We also have zero standards for candidates.


6 posted on 06/11/2014 5:14:07 AM PDT by VanDeKoik
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To: Diogenesis

There is no Tea Party per se. There are local, grass roots efforts. Anyone professing a national tea party has no idea how this works.


7 posted on 06/11/2014 5:14:44 AM PDT by Vermont Lt (If you want to keep your dignity, you can keep it. Period........ Just kidding, you can't keep it.)
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To: VanDeKoik

Because the is too much infighting and a single center is easy to co opt.


8 posted on 06/11/2014 5:16:02 AM PDT by Vermont Lt (If you want to keep your dignity, you can keep it. Period........ Just kidding, you can't keep it.)
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To: sickoflibs

This will eventually become the bigger story of the whole campaign. Jenny Beth Martin is all about JBM. I remember reading a story earlier this year stating that the paltry amount of funds that went to candidates was stunning compared to the amounts to went to “political professionals” and staff salaries. I view TPP and TPE to be nothing more than the same ass those heart string “charities” all over the tube.


9 posted on 06/11/2014 5:20:06 AM PDT by mazda77
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To: Diogenesis
There are two “tea parties”.

Exactly!

10 posted on 06/11/2014 5:22:44 AM PDT by The Sons of Liberty ("Our brethren are already in the field! Why stand we here idle?" - Patrick Henry, 1775)
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To: mazda77

Don’t be to quick to claim the Tea Party won that primary, remember there are a lot of demodummies who vote in the open primaries and can, and probably did have an impact on that election. Lots of Trojan Horses loose these days.


11 posted on 06/11/2014 5:24:48 AM PDT by DaveA37
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To: DaveA37
Lots of Trojan Horses loose these days.

Yeah they usually show up at FR for election season to express their concerns.
12 posted on 06/11/2014 5:27:01 AM PDT by cripplecreek (Remember the River Raisin.)
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To: Vermont Lt

that’s what I say, it’s not a party, it’s an idea

I recall when David Brat didn’t meet with the Tea Party pols, Eric Cantor proclaiming the death knell of David Brat’s campaign


13 posted on 06/11/2014 5:29:43 AM PDT by yldstrk ( My heroes have always been cowboys)
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To: mazda77

I emailed Jenny Beth Martin, whose existence I was unaware of until last night, demanding to know why she wasn’t available when the guy attempted to call.


14 posted on 06/11/2014 5:30:52 AM PDT by yldstrk ( My heroes have always been cowboys)
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To: yldstrk

The national Tea Party orgs have become fund raising machines. We don’t pick up the phone anymore when they call. This election perfectly illustrates their rudderless leadership.


15 posted on 06/11/2014 5:30:53 AM PDT by Pharmboy (Democrats lie because they must.)
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To: DaveA37
Don’t be to quick to claim the Tea Party won that primary, remember there are a lot of demodummies who vote in the open primaries and can, and probably did have an impact on that election. Lots of Trojan Horses loose these days.

Yea, and some of them sound just like you.
16 posted on 06/11/2014 5:31:03 AM PDT by SoConPubbie (Mitt and Obama: They're the same poison, just a different potency)
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To: Diogenesis

We need to keep that essential difference in mind to avoid being misled by the well-funded parasites.


17 posted on 06/11/2014 5:34:01 AM PDT by pfony1 (Add just 6 GOP Senators and we "bury" Harry)
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To: Oldeconomybuyer

He had tea party support..just not “T”ea “P”arty support.

Congratulation to a man beholden to no one who has shaken the GOP scumbags. I laughed repeatedly last night thinking of the wailing and gnashing of the teeth.


18 posted on 06/11/2014 5:50:10 AM PDT by RummyChick
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To: DaveA37

That you Eric?


19 posted on 06/11/2014 5:58:13 AM PDT by Balding_Eagle (Want to keep your doctor? Remove your Democrat Senator.)
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To: VanDeKoik

The centralization of power is antithetical to the Tea Party movement.


20 posted on 06/11/2014 6:00:59 AM PDT by Mr. Lucky
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To: yldstrk

With Brat being outspent 50:1, this is again a clear message that it is convictions, standing by them and forging ahead on them. As Rush would say for years that Conservatism works every time it is tried. He was criticized for missing two forums because his first commitment was to his students and their finals. I would hope this was one of the main reasons that people voted for him because they saw he would fulfill a commitment before his own self-aggrandizement.

If one or two of the people in SC would have recognized, or not been paid off not to, that this is the way to beat them, then we would have seen the end or at least a runoff there as well. How many of the top two runner us got money from FW, TPP or TPE. I am going to find out.

To his credit, he did not go onto the stage and try to tear apart the GOPe but instead stuck his foot in that doorway to ask for some unity to win the general. Karl Rove I’m sure is going to tell everyone that it was the Democrat voters crossing the line to oust a leader. If they did, they jut voted for an even greater one.


21 posted on 06/11/2014 6:03:39 AM PDT by mazda77
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To: Oldeconomybuyer

I consider myself a tea party voter, but I quit giving them money, as well. They were calling for backing of candidates that I thought were too weak...several of them, in fact. We need to vet these so-called “tea party” candidates better. Everybody who runs against a GOP-e candidate is NOT necessarily a real conservative. Sometimes they are one issue only candidates and they get a lot of support, but as they talk about other issues, the public feels something is wrong. These days there should not be so many frauds posing as conservatives out there, but they are a dime a dozen, apparently. They pop up everywhere and get touted by this tea party group or that. I got (tea party) emails that said to vote for Perdue in GA, BEFORE the primary! I considered Perdue as the last possibility I’d vote for, and ONLY should everyone else drop out. What is wrong with people? I know many thought Perdue had the name recognition, but after looking at his opinions and his father’s record, there was no way I could vote for him! We’ve got to do better!


22 posted on 06/11/2014 6:10:18 AM PDT by Shery (in APO Land)
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To: sickoflibs

Wait, “spending huge sums on fundraising”, that doesn’t make much sense. It’s costing them money to raise money? ;d


23 posted on 06/11/2014 6:12:22 AM PDT by Impy (RED=COMMUNIST, NOT REPUBLICAN)
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To: Oldeconomybuyer

How many of the national Tea Party groups are morphing into what the RATs and Pubs have become? You know the drill; get elected, then fight like hell to hold on to “power”.

TERM LIMITS, NOW AND FOREVER!


24 posted on 06/11/2014 6:27:02 AM PDT by JimRed (Excise the cancer before it kills us; feed & water the Tree of Liberty! TERM LIMITS NOW & FOREVER!)
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To: Oldeconomybuyer

Local Tea Partiers supported him enthusiastically, but the national Tea Party movement didn’t do anything for him.

I love how the media is using the meme (now that Brat won) that he isn’t really a Tea party guy. (They said the same thing about Ben Sasse —after he won.)


25 posted on 06/11/2014 6:31:12 AM PDT by TBP (Obama lies, Granny dies.)
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To: Diogenesis

Here is a “third” TEA Party Platform:

* Close and seal the Southern US Border, all 2,000 + miles of it.

* Cancel NAFTA.

* Abolish all Federal, State and Local Welfare payments to non-citizens of the USA.

* Block all money transfers to Mexico, or other any Country South of our Southern Border.

* Have lunch.

* After lunch, pass and sign Federal Penalty law to anyone who hires an Illegal Alien Invader, with a fine of $1,000 per day per alien.

* String Concertina Wire Holding-Pen Stockades at 100 mile intervals for the newly captured gotta-ways.

* Be as hostile to Mexicans as the Mexicans have been to the US Marine held and tortured in Prison by the Mexican Guards for the last two months.

* Hire Greyhound Bus Company to transport Illegal Alien Invaders to Sheriff Joe Arpaio’s Chain Link Desert Spa near Phoenix, Arizona.

* Have supper.


26 posted on 06/11/2014 6:35:22 AM PDT by Graewoulf (Democrats' Obamacare Socialist Health Insur. Tax violates U.S. Constitution AND Anti-Trust Law.)
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To: yldstrk
As much as the Washington Post and assorted liberals 'feel' the only thing that matters in politics is money - they're wrong.

The Tea Party offers a strong ideological base. We back people with our votes, faith, and beliefs. The other magic the Tea Party offers is we provide conservative cover. Candidates who would have looked ‘too conservative’ a few years ago, now look mainstream. It's because we've moved the goalposts.

So don't buy into this yldstrk... what we give is worth much more than money.

27 posted on 06/11/2014 6:37:49 AM PDT by GOPJ (#2 reply spot RESERVED for Tokyo Rose comments: "nothing works - give up - it's all hopeless".)
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To: VanDeKoik
"Why is it so hard to just have ONE official tea party group to coordinate things nationally?"

Because it would be immediately corrupted and compromised by big $$$.

It's better that the small independent groups work under the radar, it makes them harder to squash.

And added advantage is that they drive the power elites in DC absolutely nuts!!!!

28 posted on 06/11/2014 6:39:00 AM PDT by Pietro
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To: Diogenesis
You nailed it. The local Tea Parties drove this election - and won it. At least seven of them went all out. Not with money, but with door-to-door, phone calls, and emails.
29 posted on 06/11/2014 6:39:20 AM PDT by 103198 (It's the metadata stupid...)
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To: Impy
RE :”Wait, “spending huge sums on fundraising”, that doesn’t make much sense. It’s costing them money to raise money? ;d”

How about those fancy fundraising dinners with open bar and entertainment?

Maybe a $300 dinner raises $400 ($100 net)

Recall it was a Romney fundraising dinner where a waiter put a recorder on a table to catch Romney's 47% comments.

Makes me think of United Way.

30 posted on 06/11/2014 6:43:01 AM PDT by sickoflibs (King Obama : 'The debate is over. The time for talk is over. Just follow my commands you serfs""')
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