Update: Will The New Mystery Tea Party Donor Please Stand Up?
It wasn’t a huge surprise last month when the New Yorker revealed that a majority chunk of the Tea Party’s “Grassroots” movement was being fueled by money from Koch Industries. The anti-government regulation tendencies of a company that grows fat off of taking advantage of loose labor, environmental and health care mandates is a perfect match for a group of citizens concerned that government it trying to create a “socialist country.”
But according to USA Today, a new benefactor is going to be infusing the rightwing group with a whole lot of cash. Who? Apparently they don’t want anyone to know yet.
Jenny Beth Martin and Mark Meckler, national coordinators of the Tea Party Patriots, will be announcing a big infusion of cash for their movement at a press conference tomorrow in Washington, D.C.
An as-yet anonymous benefactor is making “a very significant donation” to help grow the Tea Party Patriots’ 2,800 local chapters, Randy Lewis, a spokesman for the group, just told us. Martin and Meckler will hold a press conference at the National Press Club to discuss the grant.
We’ll have more on this new major funder after today’s press conference.
UPDATE: Turns out that the new donor prefers to remain annonymous. But it is a “he.” So, maybe it’s another Koch after all.