If Tea Party supporters follow the money they donated to TheTeaParty.net Leadership Fund, will they agree it’s being used as they expected?
It appears to me that an attorney named Dan Backer routed tens of thousands of dollars in donor money from a group that actively solicits money from Tea Party supporters into a fund that sent nearly $15,000 each to U.S. Senators in order to get their support on a court case that Backer himself is leading and using to built his own reputation and woo clients.
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That money came from primarily from grassroots supporters who send money to support ‘the Tea Party movement.’
The In Defense of Free Speech Jfc group was set up by Dan Backer.
Remember that Dan Backer is both the Treasurer of The TeaParty.net Leadership Fund AND started the Joint Fundraising Committee that the TPLF gave the money to.
The money went to Senators Ted Cruz, Mike Lee, Mitch McConnell and John Cornyn.
So $40,000 in donor money from a group Backer is treasurer of and was sent to another a group he started and then on to McConnell, Cornyn, Cruz and Lee.
Why did this money go to them?
It’s very clear that $40,000 in Tea Party donor money went to four Senators, including Cornyn and McConnell.
Why? Dan Backer isn’t answering those questions.
The In Defense of Free Speech Jfc appears to be connected to a court case Backer is leading called McCutcheon vs. FEC.
One of the other donors to the In Defense of Free Speech Jfc is plaintiff Shaun McCutcheon.
Backer promotes the McCutcheon case as a free speech issue and has been using the case to promote himself, as this recent article from USA Today shows:
“The government shouldn’t be in the business of policing speech,” Backer said during an interview at last week’s Conservative Political Action Conference — an annual gathering that is part pep rally, trade show and media madhouse that attracts some of the Republican Party’s most ardent conservative activists.
It’s a place where Backer gets a lot of business done. It was at this conference three years ago that Backer met Shaun McCutcheon, a wealthy Alabama electrical engineer who is the named plaintiff in the case. A few months after their initial meeting, Backer helped McCutcheon launch a super PAC, Conservative Action Fund.
About a year after their first meeting, Backer persuaded McCutcheon to confront the aggregate limits in court.
Is this a conflict of interest?
Is this the way Tea Party supporters want their money spent?
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