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Tea Party Nation Responds To Criticism With Attacks Of Their Own

04/03/2010 05:12 am ET | Updated May 25, 2011

The organizers of next month's embattled National Tea Party Convention on Saturday lashed out at everyone from former sponsors and allies to the convention's financial backers to House Democrats to Rep. Ron Paul's political group, suggesting all have tried to sabotage the event.

As first reported by POLITICO, the convention came under fire from former supporters and conservative leaders for its high ticket prices, top-down structure and selling of sponsorships for as much as $50,000, as well as the for-profit status of the company running it, Tea Party Nation. Thecompany shelled out $100,000 to pay Sarah Palin's speaking fee, while its president Judson Phillips planned to turn a profit from the convention, which he said he intended to use to seed a so-called 527 group.

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