The tea partiers are only the end users, writes Zach Carter.
Koch Industries - annual revenue of $100 billion - have spent millions through their tea party 'grass roots' front groups, FreedomWorks and Americans for Prosperity, providing :
"logistical organizing for Glenn Beck’s 9/12 rally, held over 300 rallies against health care reform and hosted “voter education” workshops pushing the glories of deregulation."And then there's the media connection :
"They even have an unofficial partnership with Fox News, hosting conservative Fox personalities at their rallies, which are, in turn, promoted by Fox programming. Glenn Beck is even featured in advertisements and fundraising pitches for FreedomWorks."Linda McQuaig :
"Meanwhile, living in splendour befitting kings, the Koch brothers quietly supervise an incoherently angry army that promises to gut what’s left of benefits for the poor while adding to the bonanza of billionaires.""Today is the first election in American history in which corporations have been allowed to spend their own money to buy political favours."
How'd that work out?