FreedomWorks Feud: War Inside Tea Party Group Gets Nastier

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    A legal probe is launched, and FreedomWorks' president accuses ex-chairman Dick Armey of trying to subvert the group


    When the news broke in early December that former GOP Rep. Dick Armey had abruptly resigned as chairman of FreedomWorks, a powerhouse of the conservative movement and an instrumental force within the tea party, Armey maintained that the nasty split was due to differences he had with the top management of FreedomWorks about the group's operations and future. Immediately, media reports disclosed that Armey had been concerned that Matt Kibbe, the group's president, had used FreedomWorks resources to promote a book he had written (which was released in June) and that Armey himself had received an $8 million payout from a FreedomWorks board member to ease his departure. But internal documents obtained by Mother Jones show that the bitter war inside FreedomWorks has also resulted in allegations of staff wrongdoing (prompting an investigation by lawyers) and counter-allegations that Armey and his allies tried to turn FreedomWorks into a partisan outfit backing establishment Republicans over tea party insurgents.
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    On December 12, James Burnley IV and C. Boyden Gray, two FreedomWorks board members (and allies of Armey), sent Kibbe a letter informing him that they had received "allegations of wrongdoing by the organization or its employees." They notified Kibbe that the group's board of trustees had retained two attorneys, Alfred Regnery and David Martin, to conduct an independent investigation of the allegations. Burnley and Gray ordered Kibbe to cooperate with the lawyers, to make sure no records were "destroyed, deleted, modified or otherwise tampered with," and to send Regnery a check for $25,000 to cover his initial fees. (Regnery, a prominent conservative, is the past president of Regnery Publishing, a right-wing firm that has put out books by Ann Coulter, Michelle Malkin, Pat Buchanan, and other notable conservatives.) The letter did not specify the allegations being investigated. In an interview with Mother Jones, Burnley declined to discuss the alleged wrongdoing at FreedomWorks. "The letter speaks for itself," he says. Gray, Kibbe, and a spokeswoman for FreedomWorks did not respond to requests for comment.

    Shortly after receiving the December 12 letter, Kibbe wrote a memo outlining his beef with Armey, Burnley, and Gray. In the document—titled "Republican Insiders Attempt Hostile Takeover of FreedomWorks"—Kibbe accused the three of being shills for the Republican establishment and undercutting the group's standing as an independent, non-partisan, conservative organization. (FreedomWorks has at times endorsed tea party candidates in primary elections against mainstream or incumbent Republicans, drawing the ire of mainline Republicans.) Kibbe charged that the three men were trying to punish him for defying their effort to steer FreedomWorks into the conventional Republican fold. He contended that the divisive fight within FreedomWorks was not really about his book contract or other organizational matters; it was a grand ideological clash pitting those fully loyal to the tea party cause (such as Kibbe) against backroom, Washington-centric pols attempting to wield their influence to benefit their pals.

    Noting Armey's habit of coining maxims—and Armey's complaint that Kibbe had hijacked media requests for Armey—Kibbe began his memo with a blast referencing a September 4 meeting at which Armey and Gray had voted Kibbe off the board of trustees and replaced him with Burnley, a secretary of transportation in the Reagan administration:

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    I love how the left tries to lump people together in nice little packages. The Tea Party (singular) is a fabrication of the left. There are Tea Party groups all over the country, some with loose affiliations, others unaffiliated with any. So you need to learn that the Tea Parties (plural) are still out there and active in local communities and states, unaffected by anything that happens at Freedom Works.
     
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    It's KARMA TIME for The DICK; Armey!!!!!


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    Yeah, but you are all still tools of the GOP establishment.

    I liken Armey and his sort being like Dr. Frankenstein and the Tea Party being the Monster, now rambling over the landscape causing havok, leading the angry mob back to the castle.

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    OK, what ever, how about you explain to David Dewhurst, the TX Lt. Governor, how the Tea Parties are a tool for the GOP establishment. He was an establishment candidate that got his ass handed to him in the Senate race.
     
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    I thought I just did...

    Okay. Doctor Frankenstein... creates the monster.

    The Monster has his own agenda.

    The monster turns on his creator..

    It's really an old story.

    So, yeah, we got Crazy Cruz in the senate, thanks to the Teabaggers, but the GOP lost winnable seats in Missouri and Indiana with guys who thought the word "rape" needed to be qualified.
     
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    LOL!

    "Socialists!" Squawk! "Handout queens!" Squawk! "Communists!" Squawk!

    I'll happily chip in, oh, $3.15 for the fund to have your hypocritical head pulled out of your ass.
     
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    Yes, let's talk about the nasty Tea Party. If it weren't for them all our problems would disappear.
     

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