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 a core group of organizers who provided much of the inspiration for and support to the movement in its earliest days. This is a comprehensive chronicle of how the modern-day Tea Parties came about, from whence they came and what came of them.
- Blogger Eric Odom organizes what he calls the Conservative Leadership Conference (CLC). Speakers include several future players in the Tea Party movement, including former Republican House Majority Leader Dick Armey of FreedomWorks, Former Congressman J.D. Hayworth of Citizens United, Erick Erickson of RedState.org, "Blue Collar Muse" blogger Ken Marrero, Chris Simcox of the Minuteman Project, Paul Jacob of Sam Adams Alliance and Grover Norquist of Americans for Tax Reform. Immediately after the conference, Odom is hired as New Media Director by Sam Adams Alliance.
- The CLC holds a straw poll. The winner is Congressman Ron Paul.
- On the 234th anniversary of the real Boston Tea Party, Paul's presidential campaign supporters hold the first modern Tea Party, re-enact ing the Boston Tea Party by dumping tea into Boston Harbor. The event, one of Paul's so-called "money bombs," raises 6 million dollars in one day.
- ChicagoTeaParty.com is registered by Zack Christenson, a producer for right-wing talk show host Milt Rosenberg on WGN Radio, Chicago.
- The Libertarian Party of Illinois creates a Meetup group and Facebook group to discuss the Tea Party concept and how to best promote it. The original organizers include Dave Brady, Mike Folgelsanger, Chris Jenner, Josh Hanson and John Kramer. According to LP-IL Public Relations Director Kent McMillen, Eric Odom is also involved in these initial discussions.
- Eric Odom leaves Sam Adams Alliance, according to Wikipedia. The Sunshine Review, a sort of conservative Wikipedia created by Sam Adams Alliance, claims Odom worked with SAA throughout 2008.