Organizers behind one of the largest "tea party" activist groups said Tuesday they have received a $1 million commitment to help grass-roots organizations for the midterm elections and said they were ready to take up President Obama's challenge to offer specifics on fixing the nation's problems.
The Tea Party Patriots — which claims connections to more than 2,800 smaller groups — will receive the money through an anonymous donation and will distribute the money by Oct. 4, backers said.
Though Tea Party Patriots organizers said the grants are to help those smaller groups improve their organizational efforts during the final weeks of the general election, the money cannot be used to endorse a candidate.
The only other restriction is that the money must be used to further the movement's core tenets of limited government, fiscal responsibility and free markets.
"This is to help groups on the ground become more efficient, not tell them what to do," Mark Meckler, the Tea Party Patriots' co-founder and national coordinator, said at a news conference at the National Press Club in Washington.
He said the group also is responding to President Obama's call Monday for members of the movement to identify specifically what they would do to help revive the economy and create more jobs.
In a televised town-hall meeting on CNBC on Monday, Mr. Obama acknowledged the legitimate concerns of tea party activists, but added, "The challenge for the tea party movement is to identify specifically what would you do."
Jenny Beth Martin, the Tea Party Patriots' other co-founder and national coordinator, said the group is "happy to take [Mr. Obama] up on that."
Mr. Meckler said the group now has a feature on its website where visitors can post solutions that will be forwarded to the White House. More....
Thursday, September 23, 2010
Tea Party Patriots receive $1 million donation to advance "Core Values" NOT Candidates
In an interview with the Washington Times, Tea Party Patriot co-founders, Mark Meckler & Jenny Beth Martin, talk about the $1 million donation we received and how it will be dispersed to the local groups.From The Washington Times --
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