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Seht zu diesem Thema der Finanzierung und Lenkung der “Tea Party Bewegung” nicht zuletzt auch durch die rechts-libertären Brüder David H. Koch und Charles G. Koch den Artikel “Tea Party” in “SourceWatch” mitsamt den weiterführenden Links.

Wir erfahren in diesem Artikel “Tea Party” in “SourceWatch” unter anderem: “The Tea Party Movement is a political movement that gained national attention in the summer of 2009 when organized protests occurred at Congressional town hall meetings on healthcare reform. The Tea Party itself is not a political party; it is a conglomerate of loosely affiliated “grassroots” organizations such as the Tea Party Nation, Tea Party Patriots, Tax Day Tea Party, and others. While the Movement has no formal political affiliations, many members endorse Republican candidates for office. There is also a Tea Party Caucus in the United States Congress. Although the Tea Party has no official platform, most of the groups associated with the Movement share the same basic ideological position on domestic and foreign affairs in that they are anti-government, anti-spending, anti-immigration, and anti-compromise politics. (…).

Reports indicate that the Tea Party Movement benefits from millions of dollars from conservative foundations that are derived from wealthy U.S. families and their business interests. It appears that money to organize and implement the Movement flows primarily through two conservative groups: Americans for Prosperity and FreedomWorks.

In an April 9, 2009 article on ThinkProgress.org, Lee Fang reports that the principal organizers of Tea Party events are Americans for Prosperity and Freedom Works, two “lobbyist-run think tanks” that are “well funded” and that provide the logistics and organizing for the Tea Party movement from coast to coast. Media Matters reported that David Koch of Koch Industries was a co-founder of Citizens for a Sound Economy (CSE), the predecessor of FreedomWorks. David Koch was chairman of the board of directors of CSE. CSE received substantial funding from David Koch of Koch Industries, which is the largest privately-held energy company in the country, and the conservative Koch Family Foundations, which make substantial annual donations to conservative think tanks, advocacy groups, etc. Media Matters reported that the Koch family has given more than $12 million to CSE (predecessor of FreedomWorks) between 1985 and 2002.

Koch Industries has denied specifically funding Freedomworks or tea parties directly, however. The company’s director of communications wrote “”Koch companies value free speech and believe it is good to have more Americans engaged in key policy issues. That said, Koch companies, the Koch foundations, Charles Koch and David Koch have no ties to and have never given money to FreedomWorks. In addition, no funding has been provided by Koch companies, the Koch foundations, Charles Koch or David Koch specifically to support the tea parties.” Koch’s director of communications did affirm, however, that the company funds Americans for Prosperity (AFP). TPM’s Lee Fang reports that “AFP was founded in part by the company’s Executive Vice President, David Koch. He is currently the chairman of the board of the Americans for Prosperity Foundation.”

Media Matters also lists the Sarah Scaife Foundation as having given a total of $2.96 million in funding to FreedomWorks. The Sarah Scaife Foundation is financed by the Mellon industrial, oil, and banking fortune.

The Claude R. Lambe Foundation, also controlled by the Koch family, has donated more than $3 million to Americans for Prosperity.

While promoted as a spontaneous “grassroots” movement, many of the activities of Tea Party groups were organized by corporate lobbying groups like Freedomworks and Americans for Prosperity“.

Seht zu diesen Zusammenhängen zwischen den rechts-libertären Brüdern David H. Koch und Charles G. Koch und der “Tea-Party-Bewegung” auch den Artikel vom 15.9.2013 mit dem Titel “How the Koch Brothers Built the Tea Party” im Blog “Tea Party Poison“.

Seht hierzu auch den Artikel vom 11.9.2013 mit dem Titel “Exclusive: The Koch brothers’ secret bank” in der amerikanischen Tagezeitung “The Politico“.

Wir erfahren in diesem Artikel unter anderem: “An Arlington, Va.-based conservative group, whose existence until now was unknown to almost everyone in politics, raised and spent $250 million in 2012 to shape political and policy debate nationwide.

The group, Freedom Partners, and its president, Marc Short, serve as an outlet for the ideas and funds of the mysterious Koch brothers, cutting checks as large as $63 million to groups promoting conservative causes, according to an IRS document to be filed shortly.

The 38-page IRS filing amounts to the Rosetta Stone of the vast web of conservative groups — some prominent, some obscure — that spend time, money and resources to influence public debate, especially over Obamacare.

The group has about 200 donors, each paying at least $100,000 in annual dues. It raised $256 million in the year after its creation in November 2011, the document shows. And it made grants of $236 million — meaning a totally unknown group was the largest sugar daddy for conservative groups in the last election, second in total spending only to Karl Rove’s American Crossroads and Crossroads GPS, which together spent about $300 million. (…).

Freedom Partners is organized under the same section of the Tax Code as a trade association, a 501(c)6, which allows the group to conceal its donors from public release, although the amounts and recipients of its major grants are public.

The filing offers a rare tour of the conservative movement and how it gets its funds:

Center to Protect Patient Rights, a group that vehemently opposes Obamacare: a total of $115 million, from three grants.

Americans for Prosperity, an organizing and advocacy group that is courted by Republican presidential candidates: $32.3 million.

The 60 Plus Association, a free-market seniors group that also opposes Obamacare: $15.7 million.

American Future Fund, an Iowa group that spent a lot of money on ads in 2012, many for Mitt Romney: $13.6 million.

Concerned Women for America Legislative Action Committee, which gets involved in a number of social policy debates: $8.2 million.

Themis Trust, a Koch-based voter database that is made available to other conservative organizations: $5.8 million.

• Public Notice, a fiscal policy think tank: $5.5 million.

Generation Opportunity, a group for “liberty-loving” young people: $5 million.

The LIBRE Initiative, which targets a free-market message to Hispanic immigrants: $3.1 million.

• The National Rifle Association: $3.5 million.

• The U.S. Chamber of Commerce: $2 million.

American Energy Alliance: $1.5 million.

• And several groups — including the State Tea Party Express, the Tea Party Patriots and Heritage Action for America — got less than $1 million each.

Members are drawn from the Koch brothers’ semiannual conferences, a 10-year-old tradition that draws top politicians — including, last month, House Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R-Va.) and House Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan (R-Wis.). Many seminar attendees also give directly to Koch-approved groups, and the Freedom Partners funds do not include the Kochs’ many gifts to university think tanks”. (…).

Freedom Partners now has 48 employees. The executive director is Richard Ribbentrop, a former head of the New York Stock Exchange’s Washington office, who was chief of staff to former Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchison and longtime legislative director to Sen. Phil Gramm, both Texas Republicans. At Hutchison’s office, Ribbentrop hired Short, who succeeded him as chief of staff. Short later was chief of staff to then-Rep. Mike Pence (R-Ind.), who was chairman of the House Republican Conference, and is now governor of Indiana. The Freedom Partners vice president of strategic communications is James Davis, who was communications director of the 2012 Republican National Convention.

The group has five directors: Short; Wayne Gable, a longtime Koch Industries employee who was the new group’s first director and holds a Ph.D. in economics from George Mason University; Richard Fink, a Ph.D. in economics who is president of the Charles G. Koch Charitable Foundation; Kevin Gentry, a Koch official and vice chairman of the Republican Party of Virginia; and Nestor Weigand, a board member of Regal Entertainment Group and former president of the National Association of Realtors”.

Zur oben genannten “semiannual conference” der “Koch brothers” seht zum Beispiel den Artikel vom 3.2.2012 mit dem Titel “Koch Brothers, Allies Pledge $100 Million At Private Meeting To Beat Obama” in der “Huffington Post“.

Und zum oben genannten “Themis Trust” seht zum Beispiel den Artikel vom 17.5.2012 mit dem Titel “Kochs help Republicans catch up on technology” in “Reuters“.

Über die Organisation “Freedom Partners” erfahren wir im entsprechenden Wikipedia-Artikel unter anderem: “Freedom Partners is a nonprofit 501(c)(6) organization in Arlington, Virginia. The organization was founded under the name Association for American Innovation in 2011. Its stated purpose is to promote “the benefits of free markets and a free society”. 

Freedom Partners is structured as a chamber of commerce and is composed of around 200 members, each paying a minimum US$100,000 in annual dues. In 2012, the organization raised $256 million.

The organization, which has ties with the Koch Brothers, awards grants to advocacy organizations with the goal of raising public awareness about “important societal and economic issues”.

Freedom Partners gave grants worth a total of $236 million to conservative organizations including Tea Party groups like the Tea Party Patriots and organizations which opposed the Affordable Care Act prior to the 2012 election. A majority of Freedom Partners board is made up of long time employees of the Koch brothers. In 2012, Freedom Partners made a grant of $115 million to the Center to Protect Patient Rights“.

Wenn ihr etwas über Eric Short erfahren wollt, den derzeitigen Leiter von “Freedom Partners“, so seht hierzu zum Beispiel den Artikel vom 16.9.2013 mit dem Titel “Meet The Man Who Runs The Koch Brothers’ Secret Bank” im Blog “TPM” (Talking Points Memo).

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