It is Saturday.
I watched the Tea Party call for a protest as reported on the news, against the protest in Wisconsin where teachers are being enraged by state legislators and protesting.
So, who is funding the Tea Party?
Foreign interest does not stop with the elections. The Guardian reported earlier this year that a Belgian-based chemical company, Solvay, was behind a front group that is suing to strip the Obama administration of its powers to regulate greenhouse gas emissions.
The Cane report said the companies, including BP, BASF, Bayer and Solvay, which are some of Europe’s biggest emitters, had collectively donated $240,200 to senators who blocked action on global warming – more even than the $217,000 the oil billionaires and Tea Party bankrollers, David and Charles Koch, have donated to Senate campaigns. (etc.)
Who bought them?
Whose interests and ideals do they serve?
from an article published a few hours ago from Associated Press – about the passage of the $61 billion in cuts demanded by the Republicans –
Changes rammed through the House on Friday and Saturday would shield greenhouse-gas polluters and privately owned colleges from federal regulators; block a plan to clean up the Chesapeake Bay; and bar the government from shutting down mountaintop mines it believes will cause too much water pollution.
Republicans awarded the Pentagon an increase of less than 2 percent increase, but domestic agencies would endure cuts of about 12 percent. Such reductions would feel almost twice as deep since they would be spread over the final seven months of the budget year.http://www.google.com/hostednews/ap/article/ALeqM5jVY1ox9P05r45-yyJWlFeZYwc9bQ?docId=40991c2fefb24861be8e54288570b74f
More from this AP article about the budget cuts just passed this morning at the demand of the Republicans –
The Environmental Protection Agency took hits from Republicans eager to defend business and industry from agency rules they say threaten job creation and the economy. The EPA’s budget was slashed by almost one-third, and then its regulatory powers were handcuffed in a series of votes.
The measure would block proposed federal regulations on emission of greenhouse gases, which are blamed for climate change. It also would stop a proposed regulation on mercury emissions from cement. Additionally, the bill calls for a halt to proposed regulations affecting Internet service providers and privately-owned colleges.
The 359-page bill was shaped beginning to end by the first-term Republicans, many of them elected with tea party backing.
So, whose interests are the Republicans and Tea Party sponsored House members serving?
A Center for Responsive Politics analysis shows that the top contributors to the 50 members of a newly-established congressional Tea Party caucus — which so far includes only Republicans — are health professionals, retirees, the real estate industry and oil and gas interests. Furthermore, donations from health professionals, oil and gas interests and Republican and conservative groups are, on average, higher for Tea Party caucus members than for members of the House of Representatives in general and even their fellow House Republicans.
The Republicans are cutting millions upon millions of dollars from the WIC program that provides milk, juice and eggs for children under five, for babies and for pregnant women – to support healthy nutrition in the early years among the poorest of Americans. It will face such severe cuts in the next seven months of the year that thousands of young women and their babies will be forever suffering the exclusion of these resources from their diets – many of which are the poor working families of America.
Here is a list of articles from opensecrets.org that contain info about whose money is backing the Tea Party – there is another list for those backing the conservatives who are backing the Tea Party and Republicans that are right now gutting the EPA, cutting programs to the poor, elderly and disabled, union busting in Wisconsin and elsewhere, and increasing funding to things that support their business interests and industries at the same time.
There are many on this list -Here is one –
Jul 19, 2010 … BACHMANN FORMING TEA PARTY CAUCUS: Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-Minn.) last week announced her intention to form a “Tea Party Caucus” in the …
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Treasurer: Presley, Betty
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(Look up actual documents filed at the FEC)
from opensecrets article – July 30, 2010 (includes top donors to the Tea Party / Republican members now in the House making these budget cuts.)
These donation numbers are based on data downloaded from the Federal Election Commission July 11 and therefore reflect contributions made before the Tea Party caucus officially formed. The Center’s research shows, for example, that the average Tea Party caucus member received more than $25,000 from the oil and gas industry, compared to about $13,000 for the average House member and $21,500 for the average House Republican.
The contract rejects cap-and-trade legislation and several Republicans, including Bachmann and fellow caucus member Rep. Mike Pence (R-Ind.) support ending the moratorium on offshore drilling put in place after the BP oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico.
Texas has the highest representation of caucus members; its 10 members make up more than a fifth of the group. Jim Henson, a University of Texas political science professor, said the list of biggest donors could be driven by several factors including incumbency and committee position, not just the caucus member’s ideology.
“Nobody should be surprised that the members of the Texas delegation in the Tea Party caucus are high on the list of Republican and conservative contributors,” Henson said. The real estate and oil and gas industries are both major players in the Texas economy and campaign finance, he added.
Below, the 50 House members who have joined the caucus as of Friday are listed with their top contributing industry and largest individual donor during the 2010 election cycle.