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Money for Nothing, Checks for Free

(2) Comments | Posted June 26, 2012 | 3:30 PM

Hello, my name is Alex and I deserve to have your money.

That sentiment is at the core of crowdfunding, which is exactly what it sounds like: crowd-sourced funding. Thanks to the interwebs, today's entrepreneurs can easily create and promote Web campaigns to fund their ventures. Anyone can contribute money...

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Arizona Democratic Party, Minus the Democracy

(3) Comments | Posted May 13, 2012 | 10:55 AM

The Arizona Democratic Party is refusing to allow Dr. Manny Arreguin, a candidate running against incumbent Congressman Raul Grijalva, access to party resources hitherto provided to any Democratic congressional candidate in the state.

Specifically, the party is refusing to allow the Arreguin campaign access to their Voter File. The...

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Tea Party Predicts Downfall of Tea Party

(36) Comments | Posted May 3, 2012 | 7:27 PM

Leaders of the Tea Party acknowledged on Wednesday that if the recall effort to recall Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker is successful, it would effectively kill their movement.

In a really rather desperate email, the Tea Party Patriots begged their membership to help them raise $300,000 as soon as possible. Jenny-Beth...

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'Dear Bank of America...' Defiant Daughter's Letter Saves Family Home From Foreclosure (Maybe)

(127) Comments | Posted January 23, 2012 | 9:30 PM

The last two years have presented a perfect storm of unfortunate events for San Francisco couple Noel and Maureen Schmidt. Both lifelong teachers, they met as Peace Corps volunteers in Sierra Leone, where they were married, 42 years ago. Maureen is a renowned quilter, and Noel started his own non-profit...

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More Light Please: Campaign for California Bill To Force Disclosure of Corporate Campaign Contributions

(7) Comments | Posted January 10, 2012 | 11:14 AM

Former Supreme Court Justice John Brandeis said it best. When it comes to political skull-duggery, "Sunlight is the best disinfectant," he said.

On Sunday, Jan. 8, 2011, the old guard of San Francisco politics gathered in the Latino Room of the San Francisco Main Library to bring more light...

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Arizona Gun Raffle: Reactions Reveal Power Struggle Amongst Pima County Republicans

(271) Comments | Posted September 12, 2011 | 2:28 PM

Congratulations are in order to the Pima County Republican Party in Arizona. To raise money for get-out-the-vote efforts, they have successfully raffled off not one but two guns - a deer rifle and a Glock pistol. In doing so they also caused a bit of a national uproar. Mike Shaw,...

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Pima County Repubs Raffle Glock As Fundraiser; Same Gun Type Used In Tucson Shooting

(5) Comments | Posted August 31, 2011 | 1:45 PM

Talk about a killer gimmick.

An Arizona Republican fundraiser is offering as a prize the same type of gun used in the attempted assassination of Arizona Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords.

On August 26 the Pima County Republican Party sent out its regular online newsletter, e-Tracks [PDF]. It contained your...

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Pima County Repubs Raffle Glock As Fundraiser; Same Gun Type Used In Tucson Shooting

(2084) Comments | Posted August 31, 2011 | 7:06 AM

Talk about a killer gimmick.

An Arizona Republican fundraiser is offering as a prize the same type of gun used in the attempted assassination of Arizona Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords.

On August 26 the Pima County Republican Party sent out its regular online newsletter, e-Tracks [PDF]. It contained your...

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How to Lose Your Home: Curing My Perception Deficiency

(4) Comments | Posted August 19, 2011 | 11:34 AM

On Tuesday I got a phone call from my buddy Guillermo. "Hey man," he said, "You should come down to the Attorney General's office this afternoon. Some friends and I are going to come over and have a little action there." Guillermo's a community organizer with the Home...

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Is Palin's Bus Tour Guilty of Trademark Infringement?

(90) Comments | Posted June 9, 2011 | 11:25 AM

ONE NATION UNDER FIRE

Sarah Palin's political action committee, SarahPAC, is using a trademarked name for her current bus tour, opening her up to major liabilities that could potentially cause her to lose her bus.

On May 26, SarahPAC treasurer Tim Crawford announced that Palin would be taking...

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Mark Williams Posts Offensive Image of Muhammad

(10) Comments | Posted May 17, 2010 | 11:20 AM

Mark Williams has outdone himself again.

Williams is the chairman of Tea Party Express, a series of nationwide bus tours run by Our Country Deserves Better PAC. Williams, a former liberal, is making a reputation for himself out of making incendiary comments. He called President Obama a...

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Tea Party Hates Tea Party Leader

(323) Comments | Posted May 5, 2010 | 3:38 PM

Mark Williams has a problem.

Williams is chairman of Tea Party Express, a leading organization in the Tea Party movement. The Express is operated by Our Country Deserves Better PAC, which is run out of the offices of Russo Marsh & Rogers, a Republican-affiliated strategy firm. Sal Russo, OCBD's chief...

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A Time For Tea: A Tea Party Time Line

(9) Comments | Posted April 15, 2010 | 12:03 PM

It would take a book or three to provide a comprehensive documentation of every aspect of the origins of the Tea Party movement. There are so many different entities involved, so many individuals and organizations with widely varying agendas that it can be hard to fully comprehend. However, there are...

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New Tea Party Convention MORE EXPENSIVE Than The Last

(54) Comments | Posted April 7, 2010 | 2:32 PM

Tea Party Nation recently announced its decision to host a second Tea Party Convention, which will be more expensive than the last one.

Many Tea Party organizers viewed February's National Tea Party Convention as a farce, an usurpation of the Tea Party movement and an affront to its...

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Trash Talking Mounts In Tea Party Debate (VIDEO)

(802) Comments | Posted March 29, 2010 | 5:25 PM

Produced by HuffPost's Citizen Reporting Team

During a Tea Party protest in DC last weekend during the health care reform vote on Capitol Hill, Rep. Emanuel Cleaver (D-Mo) was reportedly spat on by a protester and Rep. John Lewis (D-Ga) was called a 'ni--er.'

Since...

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Let's Get Serious About Teabagging

(178) Comments | Posted March 26, 2010 | 3:22 PM

"I've been to birthday parties that drew more people," DNC Communications Director Brad Woodhouse told Politico's Ben Smith in reference to a March 16 Tea Party rally in DC. "More people attended my wedding than went to the tea party kill the bill rally on the hill." It's...

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Tea Party Patriots Get iPhone App

(96) Comments | Posted March 4, 2010 | 11:32 AM

Produced by HuffPost's Eyes & Ears Citizen Journalism Unit

Those who dismiss the Tea Party movement as a bunch of rednecks may be interested to know that the Tea Party Patriots now have a new iPhone app.

The application, "Tea Party Finder", was created by Ryan Ninneman and is...

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Tea Party Leader Calls Obama "Half-White Racist"

(1502) Comments | Posted February 24, 2010 | 6:28 PM

Produced by HuffPost's Eyes & Ears Citizen Journalism Unit

Last September Mark Williams, a tour partner with the Tea Party Express, referred to President Obama as "our half white, racist president."

In a September email obtained by Talking Points Memo, Williams angrily responded to what he calls...

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Tea Partiers Converge On Opryland Hotel For National Convention

(500) Comments | Posted February 4, 2010 | 5:32 PM

Produced by HuffPost's Eyes & Ears Citizen Journalism Unit

This weekend, the controversial National Tea Party Convention kicks off in Nashville at the elaborate Gaylord Opryland Hotel. This convention has been dogged by vocal opposition from other aspects of the Tea Party movement and the departure of major sponsors...

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Neo-Nazis, Militants Eye Tea Party for Recruitment (VIDEO)

(584) Comments | Posted January 26, 2010 | 4:20 PM

Produced by HuffPost's Eyes & Ears Citizen Journalism Unit

Tea parties are proving very attractive to both white supremacists and the militia movement. At 11:15 on Friday, in an online Patriot Caucus discussion forum, David E. Parsons wrote a post called "Militia Training Videos," with links to...

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