Wednesday, January 13, 2010

Tempest in a Tea Party: Activists Denouncing Opryland Confab

Nashville is about to host what's billed as the first-ever national tea party convention with Sarah Palin, Michele Bachmann and our very own Marsha Blackburn in the starring roles. But tea party activists are all over the Internet denouncing the convention as a sham to trick salt-of-the-earth patriots out of their hard-earned cash. It's raising questions about whether the event could turn into an embarrassment for Palin and the conservative movement. Tea Party Nation, the for-profit company putting on the convention next month at Gaylord Opryland Hotel, is charging delegates $549 a pop for the privilege of attending. Politico reports organizers are asking a whopping $50,000 for corporate sponsorships. According to one insider who's talked to Pith, Tea Party Nation hopes to clear $300,000--and he says that's after paying Palin's hefty $120,000 speaking fee. She doesn't come cheap. "Sarah Palin should cancel," says Tony Shreeve, an activist from Dandridge who quit the convention steering committee in November to protest the high ticket prices. "She thinks she's coming to promote the tea party people there. But in reality, there won't be tea party people there. The tea party is made up of grassroots people, middle-class, normal, ordinary Americans. They can't afford this." Shreeve tells Pith, "I'm just being honest with you. This is not a tea party event. It's a fundraiser." Another activist, Mark Meckler, calls the convention the "usurpation of a grassroots movement." He tells Talking Points Memo "most people in our movement can't afford anything like that." more

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  1. Marsha Blackburn Voted FOR:
    Omnibus Appropriations, Special Education, Global AIDS Initiative, Job Training, Unemployment Benefits, Labor-HHS-Education Appropriations, Agriculture Appropriations, U.S.-Singapore Trade, U.S.-Chile Trade, Supplemental Spending for Iraq & Afghanistan, Prescription Drug Benefit, Child Nutrition Programs, Surface Transportation, Job Training and Worker Services, Agriculture Appropriations, Foreign Aid, Vocational/Technical Training, Supplemental Appropriations, UN “Reforms.” Patriot Act Reauthorization, CAFTA, Katrina Hurricane-relief Appropriations, Head Start Funding, Line-item Rescission, Oman Trade Agreement, Military Tribunals, Electronic Surveillance, Head Start Funding, COPS Funding, Funding the REAL ID Act (National ID), Foreign Intelligence Surveillance, Thought Crimes “Violent Radicalization and Homegrown Terrorism Prevention Act, Peru Free Trade Agreement, Economic Stimulus, Farm Bill (Veto Override), Warrantless Searches, Employee Verification Program, Body Imaging Screening.

    Marsha Blackburn Voted AGAINST:
    Ban on UN Contributions, eliminate Millennium Challenge Account, WTO Withdrawal, UN Dues Decrease, Defunding the NAIS, Iran Military Operations defunding Iraq Troop Withdrawal, congress authorization of Iran Military Operations.

    Marsha Blackburn is my Congressman.
    See her unconstitutional votes at :