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Every Big Oil Ambassador on this trip voted against the Drill Responsibly in Leased Lands (DRILL) Act, which would open up the 20 million acres of the National Petroleum Reserve in Alaska for more domestic drilling and would also force oil companies to increase production on the 68 million acres of federal land already leased by Big Oil. [H.R. 6515 Roll Call Vote #511]

Big Oil Ambassadors:

Since 2007, the Big Oil Ambassadors on the ANWR trip have been handsomely rewarded for their loyalty to President Bush’s Big Oil agenda receiving over $250,000 from the Oil and Gas Industry.  [opensecrets.org, accessed 7/17/08]

Total – $252,850   (2007 – 2008)

Big Oil Ambassadors:

Since 2007, the Big Oil Ambassadors on the ANWR trip have been handsomely rewarded for their loyalty to President Bush’s Big Oil agenda receiving over $250,000 from the Oil and Gas Industry.  [opensecrets.org, accessed 7/17/08]:

John Boehner (OH-08) $35,000
Michele Bachmann (MN-06) $13,500
Gus Bilirakis (FL-09) $17,100
Mary Fallin (OK-05) $78,950
Dean Heller (NV-02) $15,000
Jim Jordan (OH-04) $11,000
Bob Latta (OH-05) $27,250
Doug Lamborn (CO-05) $24,000
Kevin McCarthy (CA-22) $16,000
Steve Scalise (LA-01) $10,800
Adrian Smith (NE-03) $4,250
Total $252,850

(from)

http://dccc.org/newsroom/entry/white_house_funds_big_oil_ambassadors_junket_to_anwr/

In a campaign style stunt, Minority Leader John Boehner leads a caravan of Big Oil-backed freshmen Republicans who opposed the DRILL bill on a (Bush) White House approved, taxpayer-funded junket to Alaska’s Arctic National Wildlife Refuge (ANWR).

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So, on board a jet at taxpayers’ expense, eating foods payed for by taxpayers’ money, drinking wine and liquor from the finest brands at taxpayer’s expense and staying while there in rooms paid for by taxpayers’ money, feasting on tax money provided best of everything (as they do for every trip they make) – these and their Republican buddies don’t want school lunch programs, WIC programs to provide milk and cheese and fruit juices for children and babies, don’t want programs that help the homeless, the poor, the elderly, the disabled in our communities.

But they are the ones spending millions a day on themselves. They are making over $174,000 a year each plus perks and staff members are making $165,000 plus each (some staffs number 40 – 60 members each).

(That junket noted above was from 2008 when a Republican administration was in the White House – these same kinds of junkets go on all the time. And, the deficit was increased at their demand when the tax cuts for the wealthy were extended by their insistence – $587 billion dollars here or there – to go to no more than $29,000 Americans – didn’t bother them at all. The corporate tax rates aren’t paid – the only things that are being paid are by American citizens, American families, American property owners, American renters of property, American communities, and everyone pays taxes and fees required in every community whether on gasoline or food or goods.)

But they can wine and dine themselves feasting on our money, give our funds away to other countries like Bahrain, which is getting $3.5 million a day, and Egypt, which is getting $3.5 million a day, Israel which is getting $7 million a day, and every other nation (just in military aid – there are other funds from our taxes that support their businesses, their industries, their food programs, their education programs, their social and medical programs and infrastructures.) – It is obscene that Republicans in this budget “cutting” process have increased expenditures to all those things and to Federal judges who are already being paid a fortune in salaries, perks and health care and very substantial pensions paid for by us.

It is wrong.

– cricketdiane

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And, they continue to subsidize the stupidest, most expensive billions of dollars worth of corporate and industry subsidies to no good purpose whatsoever – while cutting every job, taxpayer funding and already working programs that would help Americans and American families get on their feet in this decimated economy. The workers and unions didn’t decimate this economy. Poor people didn’t decimate this economy.

The banks and Wall Street firms decimated this economy and every state and local budget. The big corporations who are taking their profits made in the United States and made because of the infrastructure we’ve paid for and subsidies we’ve been paying for in the United States to support them – they are taking those profits out of the United States and not re-investing them here. And, they’ve been doing that for thirty years or more – every single year, in order to evade taxes and putting their fair share back into the system that they are benefiting from and using, including the money from our own pockets that backed it.

What I can see is that they don’t want balance. There is a reason wars are fought – it is because there is always some group who wants to enslave all others vulnerable to them and that is exactly what the Republicans and conservative right-wing Tea Party groups are doing right now. But, who do they serve – apparently, the Republicans and the Tea Party serve the oil companies whose money they want to keep rolling in, they were serving the Wall Street investment firms and hedge funds – probably still are, and they are serving the bankers and bank CEOs whose money they also want to keep getting. But, they also worship and serve the companies and industries whose money has supported them like the vast international chemical industries, such as Bayer and BASF and Solvay.

Some of the recent 50 House members in the Tea Party Caucus and their top donors chart from OpenSecrets.org – (for the last election cycle, doesn’t include PACS, and other Tea Party, Republican Party, Conservative caucus support or members of the House sponsored by them.)

(Download a detailed spreadsheet of detailed Tea Party causus contribution data here: teapartycaucusmoney.xls You must cite the “Center for Responsive Politics” when using this data.)

Caucus Member Amt Raised Largest Donating Industry Largest Donor
Michele Bachmann (MN-6) $4,074,618 Republican/conservative Starkey Lab
Joe Wilson (SC-2) $4,074,217 Retired Blue Cross/Blue Shield
Jerry Moran (KS-1) $2,727,209 Crop Production & Basic Processing Watco Companies
Todd Tiahrt (KS-4) $2,153,113 Retired Koch Industries
Mike Pence (IN-6) $1,755,295 Retired Krieg Devault LLP
Joe Barton (TX-6) $1,663,495 Utilities Murray Energy, Energy Future Holdings Company (2)
Tom McClintock (CA-4) $1,496,348 Retired Technical Maintenance Support Inc
Pete Sessions (TX-32) $1,408,212 Health Professionals Energy Future Holdings Corp
Paul Broun (GA-10) $1,407,972 Republican/conservative AFLAC Inc
Ed Royce (CA-40) $1,268,721 Insurance Tiger Asia Management
John Fleming (LA-4) $1,160,083 Health Professionals Morris & Dickson
Phil Gingrey (GA-11) $1,153,157 Health Professionals AFLAC Inc
Ralph Hall (TX-4) $1,138,736 Health Professionals Innovation First Inc
Lynn Jenkins (KS-2) $1,092,450 Leadership PACs QC Holdings
Steve Scalise (LA-1) $1,055,425 Sea Transport Morris & Dickson
Denny Rehberg (MT) $1,020,178 Retired Bresnan Broadband Holdings
Lamar Smith (TX-21) $997,912 TV/Movies/Music Ernst & Young
Randy Neugebauer (TX-19) $919,858 Oil & Gas CE Jacobs Co
Rodney Alexander (LA-5) $906,133 Lawyers & lawfirms D&J Construction
Dan Burton (IN-5) $885,975 Republican/conservative IDT Corp, Citizens United (3)
Gus Bilirakis (FL-9) $834,863 Health Professionals Suncoast Family Medical Association
Blaine Luetkemeyer (MO-9) $831,691 Commercial Banks Bank of St Elizabeth
John Carter (TX-31) $789,154 Real Estate Crow Holdings
Michael Burgess (TX-26) $762,944 Health Professionals American Academy of Dermatology Assn, etc
Wally Herger (CA-2) $735,402 Insurance AT&T Inc
Steve King (IA-5) $713,271 Crop Production & Basic Processing Beef Products Inc
Tom Graves (GA-9) $708,931 Republican/conservative Club for Growth
Mike Coffman (CO-6) $704,237 Retired Honeywell International
Sue Myrick (NC-9) $687,599 Health Professionals American College of Radiology
Adrian Smith (NE-3) $663,537 Crop Production & Basic Processing Berkshire Hathaway
Trent Franks (AZ-2) $616,907 Retired Honeywell International
Todd Akin (MO-2) $612,662 Retired Wash. U. in St. Louis
Louie Gohmert (TX-1) $600,207 Retired Mustang Drilling
John Culberson (TX-7) $593,224 Oil & Gas Desert Caucus
Cliff Stearns (FL-6) $559,208 TV/Movies/Music Comcast Corp
Cynthia Lummis (WY) $540,235 Oil & Gas Every Republican is Crucial PAC
Walter Jones (NC-3) $497,293 Health Professionals Honeywell International
Ander Crenshaw (FL-4) $483,480 Real Estate BAE Systems
Lynn Westmoreland (GA-3) $476,082 Real Estate AFLAC Inc
Gregg Harper (MS-3) $474,049 Oil & Gas American Crystal Sugar
Phil Roe (TN-1) $471,130 Health Professionals Powell Construction
Gary Miller (CA-42) $446,507 Real Estate National Assn of Mortgage Brokers
Tom Price (GA-6) $400,584 Health Professionals Resurgens Orthopaedics
John Shadegg (AZ-3) $381,314 Health Professionals Arizona Diamondbacks
Kenny Marchant (TX-24) $330,171 Commercial Banks Beal Bank
Doug Lamborn (CO-5) $272,429 Defense Aerospace Honeywell International
Roscoe Bartlett (MD-6) $190,117 Defense Aerospace Tuesday Group PAC
Rob Bishop (UT-1) $155,410 Misc defense Es3, Inc, Northrop Grumman
Zach Wamp (TN-3) $9,441 Candidate Committees Midnight Sun
Pete Hoekstra (MI-2) $2,823 Health Professionals Bayer AG
Center for Responsive Politics Senior Research Douglas Weber contributed to this report.

http://www.opensecrets.org/news/2010/07/members-of-tea-party-caucus-major-r.html

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Here are the Largest contributors of the 811 that contributed in 2010 elections to American Progress with founder Karl Rove -(from OpenSecrets)

http://www.opensecrets.org/pacs/pacgave2.php?cmte=C00487363&cycle=2010

American Crossroads Contributors

Individual donors gave 811 large ($200+) contributions to this PAC in 2009-2010.

Browse by Amount: 12345612Next
Contrib Occupation Date Amount
PERRY, BOB J
HOUSTON, TX 77234
PERRY HOMES/HOME BUILDER 09/10/10 $2,000,000
ALLIANCE RESOURCE GP LLC
TULSA, OK 74121
09/14/10 $2,000,000
PERRY, BOB J
HOUSTON, TX 77234
PERRY HOMES/HOME BUILDER 10/04/10 $2,000,000
PERRY, BOB J
HOUSTON, TX 77234
PERRY HOMES/HOME BUILDER 10/05/10 $2,000,000
HUGHES, B WAYNE
LEXINGTON, KY 40511
PUBLIC STORAGE, INC./CHAIRMAN 07/31/10 $1,300,000
SOUTHWEST LOUISIANA LAND LLC
HOUMA, LA 70361
07/31/10 $1,000,000
DIXIE RICE AGRICULTURAL CORPORATIO
GUEYDAN, LA 70542
07/31/10 $1,000,000
JERRY PERENCHIO LIVING TRUST
LOS ANGELES, CA 90067
07/31/10 $1,000,000
REES-JONES, TREVOR D
DALLAS, TX 75225
CHIEF OIL & GAS/PRESIDENT AND CEO 08/20/10 $1,000,000
ROWLING, ROBERT B
IRVING, TX 75039
TRT HOLDINGS INC./CEO 08/12/10 $1,000,000
HUGHES, B WAYNE
LEXINGTON, KY 40511
PUBLICAN STORAGE INC./CHAIRMAN 09/15/10 $1,000,000
PERRY, BOB J
HOUSTON, TX 77234
PERRY HOMES/HOME BUILDER 10/12/10 $1,000,000
ROWLING, ROBERT B
IRVING, TX 75039
TRT HOLDINGS INC./CEO 10/05/10 $1,000,000
TRT HOLDINGS INC
IRVING, TX 75039
10/05/10 $1,000,000
HUGHES, B WAYNE
LEXINGTON, KY 40511
PUBLIC STORAGE INC./CHAIRMAN 10/18/10 $950,000
TRT HOLDINGS, INC
IRVING, TX 75039
07/31/10 $841,880
TRT HOLDINGS INC
IRVING, TX 75039
09/27/10 $500,000
ROWLING, ROBERT B
IRVING, TX 75039
TRT HOLDINGS INC./CEO 09/27/10 $500,000
ALLIANCE MGMT HOLDINGS III L
TULSA, OK 74121
10/15/10 $425,000
AMERICAN FINANCIAL GROUP INC
CINCINNATI, OH 45201
08/02/10 $400,000
WEAVER POPCORN COMPANY INC
INDIANAPOLIS, IN 46256
09/16/10 $250,000
GRIFFIN, ANNE D
CHICAGO, IL 60611
ARAGON GLOBAL MANAGEMENT/PORTFOLIO 10/25/10 $250,000
GRIFFIN, KENNETH C
CHICAGO, IL 60611
CITADEL INVESTMENT GROUP/CEO 10/25/10 $250,000
SIEBEL, THOMAS
PALO ALTO, CA 94302
FIRST VIRTUAL GROUP/CHAIRMAN 10/18/10 $250,000
PEARSON, THOMAS L
BIXBY, OK 74008
SELF-EMPLOYED/INVESTOR 10/21/10 $175,000
GILLIAM, RICHARD BAXTER
KESWICK, VA 22947
CUMBERLAND RESOURCES/FOUNDER 10/13/10 $150,000
GAGAN, JAMES L
VALPARAISO, IN 46385
SELF/ENTREPRENEUR 10/04/10 $100,000
KELSO, ROBERT E
SAN ANTONIO, TX 78209
RETIRED/RETIRED 09/13/10 $100,000
GILLIAM, RICHARD BAXTER
KESWICK, VA 22947
CUMBERLAND RESOURCES/FOUNDER 09/16/10 $100,000
HILL, AL G JR
DALLAS, TX 75201
A.G. HILL PARTNERS/PARTNER 09/13/10 $100,000
CHILDS, JOHN W
VERO BEACH, FL 32963
J.W. CHILDS & ASSOCIATES/CHAIRMAN & 11/04/10 $100,000
STEPHENS INVESTMENTS HOLDINGS LLC
LITTLE ROCK, AR 72201
10/13/10 $100,000
WEAVER POPCORN COMPANY INC
INDIANAPOLIS, IN 46256
10/22/10 $75,000
HUNTER ENGINEERING COMPANY
BRIDGETON, MO 63044
10/22/10 $50,000
SULLIVAN, CHRIS T
TAMPA, FL 33609
DST RESTAURANT PARTNERS INC./MANAGE 10/18/10 $50,000
ROBERTS, RICHARD H DR
LAKEWOOD, NJ 08701
MUTUAL PHARMACEUTICAL CO./CEO 10/21/10 $50,000
MCINERNEY, THOMAS E
WESTPORT, CT 06880
BLUFF POINT ASSOCIATES/INVESTOR 10/20/10 $50,000
ROONEY HOLDINGS
TULSA, OK 74146
10/13/10 $50,000
BASHAM, ROBERT D
TAMPA, FL 33607
OUTBACK STEAKHOUSE/PRESIDENT 10/18/10 $50,000
TRUMP, DONALD J
NEW YORK, NY 10022
SELF/REAL ESTATE DEVELOPER 10/06/10 $50,000
PETERMAN, JOHN M
CROWN POINT, IN 46307
WHITE PETERMAN PROPERTIES/CEO 10/11/10 $50,000
HUIZENGA, H WAYNE
FT. LAUDERDALE, FL 33301
HUIZENGA HOLDINGS INC./CHAIRMAN 10/12/10 $50,000
HARTE, WILLIAM
SAN ANTONIO, TX 78258
SELF/INVESTOR 07/31/10 $50,000
PETERMAN, JOHN M
CROWN POINT, IN 46307
WHITE PETERMAN PROPERTIES/CEO 08/31/10 $50,000
HARTE, WILLIAM
SAN ANTONIO, TX 78258
SELF/INVESTOR 08/26/10 $50,000
HERSCHEND, PETER F
BRANSON, MO 65616
HERSCHEND FAMILY ENTERTAINMENT/OWNE 10/11/10 $40,000
NEW PRIME INC
SPRINGFIELD, MO 65803
10/01/10 $30,000
JECKERING, THOMAS E
GATES MILLS, OH 44040
RETIRED/RETIRED 08/19/10 $30,000
FOX, SAM
ST. LOUIS, MO 63105
THE HARBOUR GROUP LIMITED/CHAIRMAN 08/12/10 $25,000
UNIVERSAL HEALTH CARE GROUP INC
ST. PETERSBURG, FL 33701
10/06/10 $25,000
MIHAYLO, STEVEN G
RENO, NV 89511
RETIRED/RETIRED 10/04/10 $25,000
FEINBERG, DAVID
NEW YORK, NY 10028
SELF-EMPLOYED/REAL ESTATE 10/20/10 $25,000
MARIO, ERNEST DR
NEW HOPE, PA 18938
CAPNIA/CEO 10/18/10 $25,000
MUMFORD, JOHN
WOODSIDE, CA 94062
CROSSPOINT CORP/INVESTOR 10/26/10 $25,000
O’CONNOR, DAVID P
WESTFIELD, NJ 07090
HIGH RISE CAPITAL MANAGEMENT/INVEST 10/28/10 $25,000
ROSENTHAL, ROBERT M
STUDIO CITY, CA 91604
RETIRED/RETIRED 10/18/10 $25,000
TAYLOR, WILSON
PHOENIXVILLE, PA 19460
RETIRED/RETIRED 10/18/10 $25,000
JAWA
SCOTTSDALE, AZ 85260
10/22/10 $25,000
FALCON TRUST
CASPER, WY 82605
10/15/10 $25,000
GLA FINANCIAL CORPORATION
COSTA MESA, CA 92626
10/26/10 $25,000
PIERCE, BARRETT W
AMARILLO, TX 79102
SELF/OIL & GAS PRODUCER 10/04/10 $20,000
BISHOP, ROBERT J
NEW CANAAN, CT 06840
IMPALA ASSET MANAGEMENT/PRINCIPAL 10/21/10 $20,000
PETRONE, AUGUSTA
DUBLIN, NH 03444
HOMEMAKER/HOMEMAKER 08/12/10 $20,000
KATZ, CARY
LAS VEGAS, NV 89134
COLLEGE LOAN CORPORATION/CEO 09/22/10 $20,000
BROWN, W L LYONS JR
LOUISVILLE, KY 40222
RETIRED/RETIRED 10/08/10 $20,000
HARRIS FARMS
COALINGA, CA 93210
09/29/10 $20,000
STAI, DIAN GRAVES
ABILENE, TX 79601
SELF/INVESTOR 07/31/10 $17,500
DANIELS MANUFACTURING CORP
ORLANDO, FL 32859
08/26/10 $15,000
DORF, ROGER A
AUSTIN, TX 78732
AIRWALK COMMUNICATIONS/EXECUTIVE CH 09/15/10 $15,000
AMINI, MICHAEL
SAN ANTONIO, TX 78232
SAGE ENERGY COMPANY/GEOLOGIST 10/26/10 $15,000

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Much of the speculation has focused on Karl Rove, the mastermind of George Bush’s victories, who has raised $15m for Republican candidates since September through a new organisation, American Crossroads. An NBC report warned that Rove was spearheading an effort to inject some $250m in television advertising for Republican candidates in the final days before the 2 November elections.

http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2010/oct/24/tea-party-climate-change-deniers

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So, who is TRT Holdings Inc?

Robert Rowling – Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Robert Rowling is the founder of TRT Holdings, the holding company of Omni …. Wikipedia® is a registered trademark of the Wikimedia Foundation, Inc.,
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TRT HoldingsWikipedia, the free encyclopedia

TRT Holdings is a private holding company based in Irving, Texas,
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Robert Rowling

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Robert Rowling is the founder of TRT Holdings, the holding company of Omni Hotels and Gold’s Gym.

In 1972, Rowling began working for Tana Oil and Gas, which was owned by his father, Reese Rowling, and William Colson. In 1989 Texaco acquired Tana for $476 million, thereby providing money that was used to form TRT Holdings. Five years later, TRT Holdings sold Corpus Christi National Bank for $131 million. TRT Holdings would later purchase Omni Hotels for $500 million and Gold’s Gym for $180 million. In August 2010, Rowling made the winning bid to acquire the bankrupt Amelia Island Plantation Resort for $67.1 Million.

A native of Corpus Christi, Texas, Rowling has an undergraduate degree from the University of Texas at Austin and a law degree from Southern Methodist University.

Rowling served as a regent to the University of Texas System until February 6, 2009 when he resigned over a controversy regarding bonuses paid to the UTIMCO investment staff. Governor Rick Perry and Texas state senators had sought to go back on compensation agreements with the staff. Unwilling to break the contracts and disgusted by their grandstanding, Rowling quit during a Texas Senate Finance Committee meeting and followed it up a day later with a formal letter of resignation [1]

In recognition for his contributions to the Bush campaign, Robert Rowling has been given the title of Bush Pioneer.

Forbes magazine in 2010 listed Rowling as the 189th wealthiest person in the world with a net worth of $4.4 billion.[2]

Political activities

Rowling is a conservative Republican and a major donor to the party.[3] He is also one of four billionaire backers of the conservative political action group American Crossroads, a self-described “grassroots” 527 organization that nonetheless has received 97 percent of its funding from the four billionaires and was founded by Karl Rove, former President George W. Bush‘s political strategist and Ed Gillespie, former Republican National Committee chairman.[4][5][6]

According to an article published in Forbes magazine, “Rowling is facing a rebellion at his fitness chain Gold’s Gym after his $2 million donation to Karl Rove’s conservative group sparked protest from gay rights advocates”. Rowling gave a $2 million gift to Karl Rove’s “conservative PAC American Crossroads, which has given money to candidates with anti-gay views.”.[7]

Rowling gave more than $2 million as a private donation completely independent from his company, TRT Holdings. TRT Holdings has also given an additional $2.5 million from the company treasury this election cycle, according to public filings.[8]

Rowling commented to Fox News, explaining that his donation to American Crossroads had nothing to do with social policies that could spark crossfire. “I’ve never heard one discussion of a social issue. This is all about fiscal sanity.” [9]

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Robert_Rowling

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Just a thought –

What is “grassroots” about billionaires’ clubs running this country in the ground in order to suit their own purposes, enrich their own profits and use the infrastructure and tax dollars to support their massive industry interests?

– cricketdiane

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Found this when looking up CPAC on the OpenSecrets website – but what I don’t think many people know who cast their vote for the Tea Party and Republican House members is that they just voted for a budget cutting plan (passed this morning at 5 am) which cuts nearly every border security agency and effort to nearly nothing –

This is about CPAC member and Republican Party entrenched crony –

Gov. Haley Barbour (R-Miss.)

In 2001, the Embassy of Mexico employed Barbour in an effort to provide a path toward citizenship for illegal immigrants living in the United States. His firm, Barbour, Griffith and Rogers, charged $35,000 per month for five months, according to the report with the Foreign Agents Registration Act (FARA). Among the issues the firm and the Embassy of Mexico worked on was “immigration/human capital. Treatment of Mexican citizens who cross the border.”

Specifically, the firm worked in “building support in the legislative branch for passage of a bill related to Section 245(i) of the Immigration and Nationality Act.” Section 245(i) was ultimately defeated but was denounced by conservatives as a “mini-amnesty.”

The Embassy of Mexico was only one of many clients of Barbour’s firm. In 2001, the year of the Mexico lobbying project, it earned $12.3 million in revenue according to the Center for Responsive Politics’ research. In 2007, the most recent filing for Barbour, Griffith and Rogers showed revenue of more than $22 million. However, since 2008 under the name BGR Holding, the revenue has decreased to about $14.7 million in 2010.

http://www.opensecrets.org/MT/mt-search.cgi?search=CPAC&IncludeBlogs=8

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The Tea Party’s most noted national figures include Republican politicians such as Dick Armey and Sarah Palin.

As of 2010, the Tea Party movement is not a national political party, but has endorsed Republican candidates.[15] A Gallup poll shows almost 80% of Tea Partiers consider themselves to be Republicans.[16][17]

Commentators, including Gallup Editor-in-Chief Frank Newport, have suggested that the movement is not a new political group but simply a rebranding of traditional Republican candidates and policies.[16][18][19]

An October 2010 Washington Post canvass of local Tea Party organizers found 87% saying “dissatisfaction with mainstream Republican Party leaders” was “an important factor in the support the group has received so far”.[20]

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tea_Party_movement

Also from this page –

The movement has been supported nationally by prominent individuals and organizations,[84][85] including:

Fundraising and support

Sarah Palin headlined four “Liberty at the Ballot Box” bus tours, to raise money for candidates and the Tea Party Express. One of the tours visited 30 towns and covered 3,000 miles.[101] Following the formation of the Tea Party Caucus, Michele Bachmann raised $10 million for a political action committee, MichelePAC, and sent funds to the campaigns of Sharron Angle, Christine O’Donnell, Rand Paul, and Marco Rubio.[102] In September 2010 the Tea Party Patriots announced it had received a $1,000,000 USD donation from an anonymous donor.[103]

In an August 30, 2010, article in The New Yorker, Jane Mayer said that the billionaire brothers, David H. Koch and Charles G. Koch, and Koch Industries are providing financial and organizational support to the tea party movement through Americans for Prosperity, which David founded.[104][105]

The AFP’s “Hot Air Tour” organized to fight against taxes on carbon use and the activation of a Cap and Trade program.[106] In 1984, David Koch also founded Citizens for a Sound Economy,[107] part of which became FreedomWorks in a 2004 split,[undue weight?] another group that organized and supports the movement.[108] Koch Industries issued a press release stating that the Kochs have “no ties to and have never given money to FreedomWorks”.[109]

Former ambassador Christopher Meyer writes in the Daily Mail that the Tea Party movement is a mix of “grassroots populism, professional conservative politics, and big money”, the latter supplied in part by Charles and David Koch.[110] Mayer says that the Koch brothers’ political involvement with the Tea Party has been so secretive that she labels it “covert”.[111]

(from)

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tea_Party_movement

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Here are the top contributors for 2010 to Republicans – from OpenSecrets.org –

http://www.opensecrets.org/pacs/toppacs.php?Type=C&cycle=2010&Pty=R

Top 20 PAC Contributors to Republican Candidates, 2009-2010

PAC Name Repub Total
American Bankers Assn $1,865,224
AT&T Inc $1,780,775
Every Republican is Crucial PAC $1,710,346
Honeywell International $1,649,500
National Assn of Realtors $1,628,797
National Auto Dealers Assn $1,336,400
National Beer Wholesalers Assn $1,323,000
Freedom Project $1,289,050
National Assn of Home Builders $1,285,000
Blue Cross/Blue Shield $1,204,499
Associated Builders & Contractors $1,176,500
Koch Industries $1,132,000
United Parcel Service $1,004,703
Boeing Co $997,000
Credit Union National Assn $993,945
Deloitte Touche Tohmatsu $966,500
Lockheed Martin $905,750
PricewaterhouseCoopers $891,500
Exxon Mobil $883,450
Comcast Corp $881,500
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