“On the [Tea Party organizers] Freedomworks website, it says: ‘If you are not able to organize or attend a Taxpayer Tea Party, you can still help the cause by donating or buying a t-shirt.’
“The ‘donation’ for the Tea Parties page goes to — you guessed it — the FreedomWorks Foundation. The ‘thank you’ letter is signed by Matt Kibbe, President & CEO, who cut his teeth working for Lee Atwater. He was behind the attempt to get Ralph Nader put on the ballot in Oregon in 2004, prompting a complaint to the FEC of illegal collusion with the GOP.
“FreedomWorks was launched [as] a GOP version of MoveOn. ‘We believe that hard work beats daddy’s money,’ said Dick Armey at the time. Armey seems to be a bit irony challenged — Steve Forbes is on the FreedomWorks board. As [Paul] Krugman notes, their money comes from the Koch, Scaife, Bradley, Olin and other reliable funders of right wing infrastructure including Exxon Mobil.” 
“Before any media covering these events accept the idea that this is just a grass roots outpouring of populist sentiment, they ought to take a look behind the curtain — where Dick Armey is laughing and counting his cash.”
— Jane Hamsher, “The Corporate Lobbyists Behind the Tea Parties,” Firedoglake, April 14, 2009.