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Who is FreedomWorks and What Do They Want?

March 2, 2011

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SourceWatch: FreedomWorks is a non-profit organization heavily involved with the Tea Party movement. It does not disclose its corporate donors, and its leaders are drawn heavily from the leadership of the Republican party and right-wing operatives.

In January 2010, FreedomWorks was offering a “Citizen Lobby Training” for a Tea Party Patriot group whose cofounder was featured in a January 15 New York Times article on the movement’s push to take control of the Republican party.

FreedomWorks has mobilized opposition to health care reform, taxes, and climate legislation.

FreedomWorks was one of the lobbying groups involved in orchestrating the April 15, 2009 anti-Obama, anti-tax “tea parties”. In February 2009, the FreedomWorks website said the group was “now working with other groups to plan a massive, nationwide tea party protest day for Tax Day on April 15th, 2009”, the Tax Day Tea Party protests.

Propaganda Efforts
In summer of 2009, FreedomWorks began pursuing an aggressive strategy to create the image of mass public opposition to health care and clean energy reform at Congressmembers’ town-hall meetings in their districts. A leaked memo from Bob MacGuffie, a volunteer with the FreedomWorks website “Tea Party Patriots,” describes how members should infiltrate town hall meetings and harass and intimidate Democratic members of Congress.

Funding
FreedomWorks is primarily funded by individual donations. According to the media watchdog group Media Matters for America, FreedomWorks has also received funding from Verizon and SBC (now AT&T). Other FreedomWorks funders have included Philip Morris and foundations controlled by the Scaife family, according to tax filings and other records. It also receives funding through the sale of insurance policies through which policyholders automatically become members of FreedomWorks.

FreedomWorks is closely tied to its founder, corporate lobbyist and former Republican Congressman Dick Armey, whose former lobbying firm DLA Piper from which he resigned in August 2009, represents Bristol Myers Squibb, among other pharmaceutical companies.

The Koch family foundations were the largest donors to FreedomWorks’ parent organization, Citizens for a Sound Economy, contributing nearly $13 million between 1985 and 2005.

Source: Wikipedia

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