I was minding my own business, looking at a scrapbooking site online, and there was an ad at the top of each page that scrolled through different messages.
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Unions. It figures. But if they think the tea party movement is a fad, they are sadly mistaken.
Labor union money linked to anti-Tea Party Web site
By Alex Pappas — The
Daily Caller 01/29/10 at 5:29 pm
Organized labor may be putting their
dollars behind an online effort to take down Tea Party groups and their “radical
A new Web site, TheTeaPartyIsOver.org, has connections to
unions, including the Service Employees International Union and the American
Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees.
The American Public
Policy Committee pays for the site, whose self-declared mission is to “prevent
the Tea Party’s dangerous ideas from gaining legislative traction.”
According to Opensecrets.org, the top two financial backers of the
American Public Policy Committee this year are Patriot Majority West and Patriot
Majority, largely funded by union dollars.
During the 2008 election
cycle, the AFSCME contributed $5.8 million and the SEIU donated $770,000 to
Patriot Majority. Teamsters Union also donated $250,000, United Food &
Commercial Workers Union gave $125,000 and the Pennsylvania AFL-CIO donated
$6,500 to the group.
Attempts to contact the American Public Policy
Committee and Patriot Majority were not successful.
The site encourages
visitors to call Republicans Randy Hultgren, Arie Friedman and David McAloon —
all running for the U.S. House in Illinois — to “reject the dangerous ideas of
the Tea Party.”
“This movement is a fad,” the Web site reads, whose
“ideas include undermining the legitimacy of the federal government in favor of
a radical right-wing form of state’s rights.”