Friday, November 22, 2013

Special "Joint" Report: Racine Tea Party Gets 97% Of Its Money From 7 Really Rich People

Yea, yea. We know, the Siren is on holiday - but we're taking a break to issue a Special "Joint" Report with vixen blogger, Purple Rayne.

Over the next few days we'll be posting dueling prose about our local "grassroots" patriot group, the Racine Tea Party, and who is actually writing the checks to pay the bills -  it ain't a very grassroots story. In fact, the only roots we can find lead directly back to the Koch brothers and their beloved, Americans for Prosperity.

That's the curse of becoming a Political Action Committee (as the Racine Tea Party did in April of 2012) you are required to file contribution reports by the state Government Accountability Board - you have to report who gives you money.

Originally the Racine Tea Party was a "chapter" of Americans for Prosperity, Wisconsin - a 501(c)(4) organization, which is a tax exempt entity that doesn't have to disclose its donors. The decision to form a PAC to directly engage voters and support candidates came about just before the recall election in 2012.

Not a coincidence, we suspect.

However, it may not have been such a good idea now that we have gotten a look at the thin list of donors - seven of whom account for 97% of donations from their largest fundraising cycle filed after the recall totaling just over $20,000.

(On the other hand, with John Doe subpoenas allegedly filed against AFP - maybe they dodged a bullet.)

So where did the money for the teabag jamboree out in Caledonia on June 2, 2012 come from? The stage, the sound system and the buses? Well it sure didn't come from Nancy Milholland, Racine Tea Party spokesperson; Lora Halberstadt, Racine Tea Party treasurer or little buddy, Ken Brown - the people we associate with the group.

According to their filed reports none of them donated at all to their own organization. Nuthin.

Out of $20,355.00 less than $4000 came from donors in Racine.

We're going to spend the next few days introducing you to the seven really, really rich people who fund the Racine Tea Party and explain exactly why they are as phony and Astroturf as you always thought they were.