Where Do Teabaggers Get a Hundred Grand?
When we first heard Wednesday that Sarah Palin would be headlining the “National Tea Party Convention” in Nashville next month, we had only one question: How much are they paying her?
And we now have the answer: $100,000.
Which is an interesting amount for a “grassroots” movement.
As is the price to attend the speech: $349. The CPAC convention — which Palin is skipping, because they don’t pay squat — costs only $149 to attend.
So, our next question: Which teabaggers are ponying up the bucks? They’re by no means a united front, you’ll recall — the “Tea Party Patriots” see themselves as the real deal, as opposed to the “Tea Party Express,” which TPM calls “a group run by GOP political consultants” that manages to funnel two-thirds of its money back to its founders.
And then there’s the “Tea Party Nation,” which is new to us, and the organizer of the convention. They’re inviting the Tea Party Express to their party, but sponsors include the American Liberty Alliance, which is no friend of the Express.
Sponsors also include another fresh face: the “Tea Party Emporium,” which sells TEA BAG® jewelry, “donating” a portion of proceeds to — the Heritage Foundation?
You’ll forgive our suspicion that this whole thing smells like a front for the very Establishment Republicans the teabaggers oppose.
Which suits us just fine, of course. We like carnivals.