Tuesday, August 10, 2010

Does the Tea Party have a money problem?

How far can a grassroots movement go in changing the direction of American politics without becoming a cash-generating machine? Politico asks the question about the Tea Party movement, which thus far has not focused on fundraising as much as it has on organizing and protest events. Could their success become a flash in the pan without building a financial infrastructure? For a political movement with such a broad impact, the future seems somewhat murky. Will the Tea Party movement be satisfied with turning out Democrats in the upcoming midterms? Will it continue to gather energy long enough to help make Barack Obama a one-term President and put Republicans back in charge? If so, activists will have to start planning for long-term funding and embrace some of the parts of politics that has until now been distasteful for these grassroots...more

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