Tea Party Consultants, Sarah Palin, Herman Cain Fleecing Right's Small Donors
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"Donors are deceived into giving to these organizations [without knowing that they are really] generating funds for the group's political operative leaders," Sheila Krumholz, Executive Director of the Center for Responsive Politics, told the Center for Media and Democracy.
Krumholz notes that groups like these have largely escaped scrutiny because focus is usually directed towards their funding, rather than how they disburse money. "Spending is often considered less worrisome than the source of a campaign's largesse," she says. Additionally, "the FEC doesn't require clear categorization [of expenditures], or disclosure of connections between groups or the likelihood of personal financial gain."
In any case, the average Tea Party supporter making a $50 or $150 CDBO contribution to fight back against the media's purported effort "to falsely blame the tea party for the Colorado massacre," or (as the group's name suggests) to defeat Barack Obama, would likely be disappointed to learn that a big percentage of their contributions are really going to support CDBO's political operative leaders.
"It's a ruse -- to line the pockets of the campaign or those associated with the campaign," Krumholz said of groups like CDBO.
Read more about the Center for Media and Democracy's complaint against CDBO for the group's activities in Wisconsin here.