When a Thing is Not What it Seems, and Other Tea Party Tactics
"In a quietly arranged marriage of seemingly disparate interests, the institute and kindred groups are increasingly the bearers of corporate messages wrapped in populist Tea Party themes." In an "Odd Alliance: Business Lobby and Tea Party," Mike McIntire examines the emerging relationship between corporatist and the Tea Party.
It has become harder to see where this libertarian leaning party is positioning itself. As in all politics the candidate frequently does not look much like the candidate. McIntire seems to be pointing to an unlikely marriage of minds, corporate interest messages wrapped in a Tea Party like logo.
With our current electorate laws a non-profit is able to spend as much money as it wants to without having to disclose the source of the contributions.
In the case of this new Tea Party venture it is possible that foreign interest groups could well have become involved through undisclosed donations. The problem with this formula is that people who are newly involved in their politics, usually follow their leaders as if these leaders had all of the same agendas that the masses in the party have. Often, and perhaps in this case that many not be the case. I find it hard to imagine that and Asian Pacific corporation with interest in selling things like Kentucky Fried Chicken buckets, would in any way have the American Tea Party interest at heart.
What bothers me about this kind of non-profit, non-disclosed condition is the wide ways in which anything can be made to say anything...even stretching truths to the point of they not resembling what is pro ported to be happening. I have mentioned before that when an organization set out to destroy a mango grove, with undisclosed monies you can have a company with the name, The Association for the Preservation of the Mango, be the funding being behind an effort to tear down the grove and put ip a parking lot.Continued on the next page