Saturday, May 8, 2010

The Tea Party's "Grassroots"

Karoli at Crooks and Liars had a very interesting post about the St. Louis Tea Party today, discussing their connections with some of the larger astroturf groups in the country. She points out Bill Hennessy's invitation to attend the weekend "Post Party Summits" in Kansas City which he described as a gathering of "hundreds of grassroots activists." So who are these "grassroots activists?"

Andrew Breitbart, Bill Hennessy and Dana Loesch are also associated with American Majority. American Majority is funded by the Sam Adams Alliance. The Sam Adams Alliance has a newly-established relationship with close Dick Armey associate and former chief of staff Denis Calabrese. Denis Calabrese is also founder and principal of The Patriot Group, a lobbying firm established with the goal of "lobbying with backbone."

Hennessy's most recent post links to the American Majority 'grassroots summit' in Kansas City this weekend. One of the featured speakers is Eric O'Keefe, Chairman of the Sam Adams Alliance, also on the board of Wisconsin Club for Growth and a former director of Americans for Limited Government. ALG has been associated with Howard Rich and Grover Norquist.

Scroll down a bit further on the page and you'll find the Koch connection through the Americans for Prosperity Missouri, Kansas and Nebraska sponsorships.

So it goes once again. These so-called grass roots activists are really all just part of the thug wing of the Republican party. If we were to analyze the DNA of the St. Louis Tea Party, we'd find Jack Abramoff, Grover Norquist, Charles Koch, and a bunch of College Republicans on the main strand.


  1. And C&L gave you the proper credit for your timeline efforts!

    Well done, Adam.

  2. Nice work Adam