Grifters Gotta Grift

This whole FreedomWorks/Tea Party scam reeks worse than a 40,000-pound whale carcas rotting on a Malibu beach. How long before a little forensic accounting lands some FreedomWorks mucky muck in jail? And will one of his cellmates be from Tennessee?

A lawyer in Tennessee who is mysteriously linked to millions of dollars in campaign contributions steered to congressional candidates doubled his investments in the weeks before Election Day and quietly funneled $6.8 million more to a prominent Tea Party group, according to new financial statements filed with the government.

William Rose of Knoxville previously said his business was a “family secret” and he was not obligated to disclose the origin of what now amounts to more than $12 million that he routed through two companies he recently created. Rose did not immediately return phone calls from the Associated Press on Friday.

The money went to the Tea Party’s most prominent Super PAC, FreedomWorks for America, which spent it on high-profile congressional races. The $12 million accounted for most of the $20 million the group raised this year.

You have got to be fucking kidding me. The all-powerful Tea Party group FreedomWorks got most of their money from one secretive East Tennessee guy this year? And do we think he raised that money by selling brownies and magazine subscriptions door to door? Hell, no. This is a handful of bazillionaire corporate hedge fund and banking guys calling their Tennessee lawyer buddy up to create some shell corporations so they can launder the funds through a now legal entity and buy a house or senate seat or two (or three, or four…). Wake up and smell the plutocracy, people.

Of course, there is no indication that anything illegal happened (yet). But take it from me, when you’re dealing with sums of money this large, and it’s the balance of power in Washington at stake, and you’ve got a man who says “his family business is a secret,” and then the FreedomWorks chairman abruptly resigns while accusing the group’s president Matt Kibbe of “misappropriating FreedomWorks resources for his own personal benefit” … well, all I can say is, grab the popcorn. Something sure is rotten somewhere in this mess. It might take an army of pointy-headed pencil pushers to find it but it defies belief that there isn’t a scam under this manure pile.

You know what the funniest part about all of this is? That money was wasted. It went toward defeating House candidates like Tammy Duckworth and Senate candidates like Joe Donnelly. And it was all for nought. Well, except for Dick Armey, who leaves FreedomWorks with an $8 million golden parachute.

I’m trying to think of any aspect of the Tea Party that hasn’t been sullied with the whiff of grift. Did you hear about the Dick Morris-Newsmax grift? That’s hilarious. And then there was the Tea Party TV Network grift, and let’s not forget the Sarah Palin Summer Holiday Bus Tour de Grift.

But the FreedomWorks grift is a whole ‘nother kettle of fish. Because this wasn’t fleecing the gullible rubes over at WingNut Daily. This was fleecing Daddy Warbucks, stealing from the people who have been in charge. These are not people who spend $12 million and have nothing to show for it on the other end but prying phone calls from Associated Press reporters. And you just knew that was gonna happen, didn’t you?

Things at the country club are going to be mighty awkward. I wonder who the first plutocrat to get thrown under the bus will be?

As I said, grab the popcorn and take your seats. This show is just getting started.


Filed under Dick Armey, scam, Tea Party, Tennessee

3 responses to “Grifters Gotta Grift

  1. Chris V

    Keep in mind these are the same people who have been scamming right-wing Christians for several decades over abortion. Republicans controlled the House, Senate, Presidency, and Supreme Court from 2001-2007. Did they ever even mention abortion during that time? No.

    The point of the scam is to get money. If you actually solve people’s problems, that ends the scam. If the Republicans actually stopped abortion, then that would dry up a whole stream of funding.

    The entire Republican apparatus is built around saying one thing and doing another. It’s no big surprise to me that this same apparatus completely failed the billionaires.

  2. democommie

    It is mildly entertaining to read about these people losing millions of the untold billions that they stole from their investors and share holders. What will be better is when it’s found that the money never went through the books at the companies involved and we get to watch the IRS put a telescope up their butts.