Today on Tommy T’s Obsession with the Freeperati – A Fool And His Money edition

Morning, everyone!

Let’s spin that airlock door and get started!

Looks like someone blew the whistle on the grift-o-rama that is the Tea Party! (there is no tea party)

Hey, Freepers! Remember your red-faced exhortations to give to tebagger PACs instead of the RNC?   I do.

50 Million Down The Tubes: How 17 Conservative PACs Are Spending Their Money (Stunning Disclosure)
Right Wing News ^ | 17 Feb 15 | John Hawkins


Posted on 2‎/‎17‎/‎2015‎ ‎9‎:‎51‎:‎04‎ ‎AM by xzins

What a shocker! Everybody on the Professional Left has been sniggering for years about the ignorant Republican poors scraping up what utility money they haven’t already given to Pat Robertson, and pissing it down a PAC sinkhole, but suddenly, the rubes have awakened!

To: All; Jim Robinson; onyx

This is a truly sad report. Rove wastes money and others manipulate us just to enrich themselves.

That’s right, constant readers – it’s not the rubes – it’s not the goniffs and bunco artists who are to blame here – it’s CARL FUCKING ROVE!!


What better reason that to give to FREE REPUBLIC!

2 posted on 2‎/‎17‎/‎2015‎ ‎9‎:‎54‎:‎53‎ ‎AM by xzins ( Retired Army Chaplain and Proud of It! Those who truly support our troops pray for victory!)

(by the way, Free Republic is having even more trouble than usual with their never-ending Freepathon, but we’ll get to that in the next thread)
So, Freepers – what’s your reaction to the fact that you’ve been played like a cheap guitar?
To: xzins

All I know is that the Liberals spent a LOT of money in 2014 and got their butts kicked on election day.

4 posted on 2‎/‎17‎/‎2015‎ ‎9‎:‎56‎:‎32‎ ‎AM by Cowboy Bob (Isn’t it funny that Socialists never want to share their own money?)

So your defense is that somebody else spent money?  Money that actually went to their candidates?  That’s it?
To: xzins

To my mind, most of these records if true are completely reprehensible, bordering on near fraud, actually. With the exception of CFG who I think is legitimately conservative and not GOPe related, they are pitiful records.

I had suspicions about Jenny Beth Martin and the TPP here in Georgia and was rightly so.

There was a thread yesterday from someone asking what to do about donations to ‘tea party whatevers’. My advice was to put the money into individual campaigns and bypass them altogether.

6 posted on 2‎/‎17‎/‎2015‎ ‎10‎:‎01‎:‎59‎ ‎AM by Gaffer

That’s the ticket!  Eliminate the middleman!
To: Nevadan

That’s the way I read it. If you further read the entire accompanying narrative with the article at the leak, you will see that a common trick by some of them is to expense-out money to vendors for all sorts of things. It also says there are MANY of these PACs whose ‘vendors’ are employees, workers, relatives or other persons not wholly identified. What’s worse FEC regs don’t require them to go beyond the first vendor expenditure. Thus, that expenditure gets credited as an expense. This study sought to find out the truth – and the truth is very ugly my FRiend.

11 posted on 2‎/‎17‎/‎2015‎ ‎10‎:‎16‎:‎58‎ ‎AM by Gaffer

To: Nevadan

I’ve suspected this all along. When I saw Jenny Beth Martin of the Tea Party Patriots being interviewed on TV about what she and her group directly did to help that professor oust Eric Cantor in Virginia and exactly what her group was doing in the way of funding the Senatorial Primary in Louisiana, I got my answer – essentially not a damn thing.

16 posted on ‎2‎/‎17‎/‎2015‎ ‎10‎:‎52‎:‎27‎ ‎AM by Gaffer

To: Gaffer

Frumpy Jenny Beth (Tea Party Patriots) has made millions off the backs of sincere Patriots.

She went from bankruptcy to living in a lakefront mansion in a gated community.

17 posted on ‎2‎/‎17‎/‎2015‎ ‎11‎:‎19‎:‎33‎ ‎AM by bimboeruption (REMEMBER MISSISSIPPI!)

To: Gaffer

Right, and she likes to brag about all the Tea Party groups that are under the Tea Party Patriots umbrella in order to lure in more suckers.

The last time I went to her site I saw a lot of Tea Party groups listed, but a vast majority of them hadn’t met in 3 years…they no longer existed.

Mark Levin does ads for her. I wish he’d check them out.

19 posted on 2‎/‎17‎/‎2015‎ ‎11‎:‎31‎:‎04‎ ‎AM by bimboeruption (REMEMBER MISSISSIPPI!)

To: bimboeruption; Gaffer

I have given $ to Tea Party Patriots twice before.



They call me almost every day. I refuse their calls. Next time they call I will answer and let them know why they will never see another dime from me.

27 posted on ‎2‎/‎17‎/‎2015‎ ‎1‎:‎00‎:‎07‎ ‎PM by thefactor (yes, as a matter of fact, i DID only read the excerpt)



To: Gaffer

“To my mind, most of these records if true are completely reprehensible, bordering on near fraud, actually.”

I am forced to agree.

We’ve long known that we have more than our share of con artists on our side of the aisle, people like Karl Rove who’ll say anything at any given minute if they think it’ll bring in a couple more donations. But some of the names on this list are deeply troubling.

I used to think better of Sarah Palin, but this is indefensible. I can only hope that she’ll refute this report with hard facts if it’s false. Because if these numbers are true, she’s just another scam artist raising a fortune from conservatives who really thought their money could make a difference to more than a grifter’s bank account.

40 posted on ‎2‎/‎17‎/‎2015‎ ‎6‎:‎36‎:‎53‎ ‎PM by highball (“I never should have switched from scotch to martinis.” — the last words of Humphrey Bogart)

Oh dear.
One Freeper’s not convinced:
To: xzins
I wonder if money is being stockpiled for 2016?
Stockpiled, yes. For candidates? Not so much.
I’d need to have more info before I can determine if the Tea Party PAC’s are really a ripoff.
34 posted on 2‎/‎17‎/‎2015‎ ‎3‎:‎24‎:‎12‎ ‎PM by liberalh8ter (The only difference between flash mob ‘urban yutes’ and U.S. politicians is the hoodies.)
Almost the post of the thread:
To: Gaffer; All

It has always puzzled me how the super rich like the Koch Brothers have been able to persuade so many modest income people to vote against some of their own interests.

46 posted on 2‎/‎18‎/‎2015‎ ‎1‎:‎08‎:‎33‎ ‎AM by gleeaikin

And now – the actual post of the thread!
To: xzins

Imagine the shenanigans the Clintons and their fellow travelers commit with all their fundraising.

38 posted on 2‎/‎17‎/‎2015‎ ‎4‎:‎59‎:‎58‎ ‎PM by ViLaLuz (2 Chronicles 7:14)

That’s right – speaking fees paid directly to the Clintons = Teabagger PACs scamming you by promising that they’ll support your candidates.
Exact same thing.
More after the non-tax-deductable contribution.


All righty, then!

I mentioned the endless Freepathon (they’re down to only three weeks between each quarterly shillingfest) previously…

It’s – A moderator made me cry!


Top 10 List of Excuses You Can Use if NOT Giving to the Freep-a-thon This PAYDAY Weekend
Personal ^ | 30 Jan 15 | Xzins

Posted on ‎1‎/‎30‎/‎2015‎ ‎9‎:‎28‎:‎58‎ ‎PM by xzins

10. The dog ate my cash.

9. We celebrated Christmas on January 30 this year.

8. Obama Said my refund would be delayed.

7. I discovered Big Jim Thompson is NOT a real person!

6. The Super Bowl Doggie Ad would generate a lot of money.

5. The NSA is listening and taking names.

4. David Letterman is funnier than a freep-a-thon

3. A moderator made me cry!

2. I am cheap.

(drum roll)

1. I secretly support Hillary for President!

1 posted on 1‎/‎30‎/‎2015‎ ‎9‎:‎28‎:‎59‎ ‎PM by xzins


To: xzins

How did you know I got paid this week?

5 posted on 1‎/‎30‎/‎2015‎ ‎9‎:‎32‎:‎05‎ ‎PM by ButThreeLeftsDo (Plea$e $upport Free Republic!)

To: xzins


9 posted on 1‎/‎30‎/‎2015‎ ‎9‎:‎34‎:‎33‎ ‎PM by ButThreeLeftsDo (Plea$e $upport Free Republic!)

To: ButThreeLeftsDo

And a little bit intimidating

10 posted on 1‎/‎30‎/‎2015‎ ‎9‎:‎36‎:‎05‎ ‎PM by xzins ( Retired Army Chaplain and Proud of It! Those who truly support our troops pray for victory!)

To: xzins

#3 is probably close for many, given the recent climate of deleted posts and censorship, but it should be worded differently.

12 posted on 1‎/‎30‎/‎2015‎ ‎10‎:‎10‎:‎30‎ ‎PM by doorgunner69

To: xzins; All

how about you’re helping pay for your Mothers Cancer treatment. Is THAT excuse enough?

19 posted on 1‎/‎30‎/‎2015‎ ‎11‎:‎01‎:‎36‎ ‎PM by Shadowstrike (Be polite, Be professional, but have a plan to kill everyone you meet.)

To: ButThreeLeftsDo

Not nearly as scary as all the long time FReepers that have been banned or otherwise driven off.

20 posted on 1‎/‎30‎/‎2015‎ ‎11‎:‎05‎:‎31‎ ‎PM by doorgunner69

To: xzins

FR Stasi reporting you if you don’t support Noot d’adulterer?

Oh wait, that was last election. Never mind…

22 posted on 1‎/‎30‎/‎2015‎ ‎11‎:‎35‎:‎00‎ ‎PM by Clint N. Suhks (Laughter is the best medicine, unless you have diarrhea.)

To: xzins
There are still a lot of longtime FReepers still here.I did not write that ALL of them were gone. Enough that I knew and enjoyed their postings, but got afoul of management for whatever reasons and were purged or just left. The atmosphere here is not what it was when I joined almost ten years ago.
30 posted on ‎1‎/‎31‎/‎2015‎ ‎2‎:‎52‎:‎24‎ ‎PM by doorgunner69
To: xzins

Where is: “I barely have enough money to take care of myself” on that list?

49 posted on 2‎/‎2‎/‎2015‎ ‎10‎:‎03‎:‎57‎ ‎PM by Repeal The 17th (We have met the enemy, and he is us.)

I think it’s directly below “I gave money I couldn’t afford to give to  SarahPAC and the other grifters mentioned in the previous thread”.
Glad to help.
Love your tag line, BTW.
Well, that’s plenty for this go-around.
Next Monday?

6 thoughts on “Today on Tommy T’s Obsession with the Freeperati – A Fool And His Money edition

  1. Clearly, the right-wing grifting problem is one of TOO MUCH REGULATION. If those TeaBagger SuperPACs were freed of burdensome reporting regulations, stories like this would not be inflicted on Freepers beautiful “minds”, amirite?

    And anyway, there’s always 2nd Amendment solutions.

  2. Why, Snarki – I’m appalled !
    2nd Amendment solutions to deal with the PAC-men who ripped them off ?
    Shocking !

    (goes out to buy some Glock stock for my IRA)

  3. Can’t (or maybe refuse) to see the forest for the trees. And yet, in their tiny little minds, they will continue to believe that maybe that report isn’t true, or maybe they just don’t have all the information.
    I don’t know what it cost to run a web site, but I can’t imagine they aren’t paying for the master to live or make his medical bills when they come due. Back to my initial comment, It’s all so sad.

  4. Well, Jim Rob did a four-year stint in the Navy (to keep out of the shit in Vietnam), so ALL his medical expenses are paid for, plus his pension.
    Of course, he’s already had both legs amputated, so he’s running out of things the docs can cut off.
    It will be interesting to see what his son does with the site after JR croaks – he’s not going to pull the plug on $80,000.00 / quarter to run a $5,000/year (if that) site.

  5. There is no possible way that FR costs that much to “stay on the air”. The site itself hasn’t changed in years. The posts are all texts. The total number of posts and replies is anemic in comparison to other similar sites. It’s all a sham. You could probably run FR on an Amazon EC2 micro instance for $3 a month or some such.

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