02/14/2011 09:56 am ET Updated May 25, 2011

Tea Party Patriots: Pricey Political Consultants, Fame-Seeking Leaders & Getting Cozy With Establishment

Two years ago, Tea Party Patriots got its start as a scrappy, ground-up conservative organization. Its rowdy activists demanded more transparency and less business-as-usual in the nation's capital, and they worked hard to elect candidates who they believed wouldn't succumb to the ways of Washington. But it didn't take long for the grassroots tea party organization to embrace the DC establishment--and some of its more questionable practices.

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