Open Secrets has a detailed investigation into a group called the Tea Party Army that shows it to be a classic political scam — lie to the credulous rubes to raise tons of money while promising to do things that cost virtually nothing and get really rich from it.
Pay them to send faxes to members of Congress demanding action to stop it. For $11, Tea Party Army will fax a form letter written in the payer’s name to all 38 members of the House Judiciary committee. For $35, Tea Party Army will fax all 435 members of the House. Clearly anticipating elderly people will be on the receiving end of this opportunity, Tea Party Army advertises cheaper rates to send the faxes for seniors — $2 off.
Besides being provocative — even in an era of fundraising appeals that often seem hysterical — the offer to send mass faxes seems archaic. But it’s not the only unusual thing about Tea Party Army PAC. It hasn’t raised vast sums of money this cycle — just $25,054, as of Sept. 30 — but every last dime of the money raised has come from donors who gave less than $200 and every last dime has been paid to a firm run by the man who signs the fundraising appeals as the Tea Party Army’s founder: Charles Benninghoff.
This might be less notable if it weren’t for the fact that Tea Party Army is another in a long string of organizations tied to Benninghoff, or a close cadre of associates, that seem to specialize in raising money off conservative themes of the moment and then go on to pay this same small group of people almost all of the money raised.
For example, all of Tea Party Army’s funds were paid to a consulting firm called Grassroots Campaign Creations, Ltd., which is based at the same address as the super PAC itself, and which owns the faxing “technology” used to power Tea Party Army’s pay-to-protest service. Guess what? Benninghoff is the listed president of the consulting firm, according to Nevada state corporate records — just as he is for Tea Party Army and Pray For Us (another nonprofit that encourages people to pay the group to fax various offices on a variety of hot-button issues).
While it’s not uncommon for a small number of firms or highly sought-after insiders to be heavily involved with many campaigns, Benninghoff is a disbarred attorney who, in 1999, pleaded guilty to filing false tax returns and lying on loan applications, and was sentenced to one year in prison. He is not well-known in political circles and Grassroots Campaign Creations is not a firm that’s widely used by campaigns or other political committees. In fact, it has been hired by only one other group — a PAC called Republican Majority Campaign, whose listed treasurer is a man named Randy Goodwin.Republican Majority Campaign, a name which implies it is directly involved in helping win a Republican majority, has a vague website that lacks any names or specific promises to act. Despite being thin on details, it has raised $3.7 million this election cycle. A grand total of $250 of that was donated to the campaign of a federal candidate (Kirk Jorgensen, an also-ran in California’s 54th Congressional District) and $1,620 was spent on independent expenditures supporting federal candidates (phone calls talking up a second-tier candidate in Alaska’s Senate race).
And these are the kind of lies they tell to separate people from their money:
The number of Muslims in America has increased by 350-percent since Barack Hussein Obama came into power. This covert importation of new Muslims is aimed at one goal: To eventually convert America to Islam and its repressive Sharia law, and to replace the U.S. Constitution with the Koran!
Congress must be convinced to stop Obama from granting citizenship and voting rights to these five million new Muslims on US soil.
Your help is needed!
Send a FaxGram to every Member of the House Judiciary Committee today and tell them to stop Obama’s radical legalization of millions of Sharia law supporters.
When Obama came into office in 2009, America had just under two million Muslims living in the country. Today sources state that there are approximately SEVEN MILLION Muslims in the U.S.
Which means that Obama has been bringing in close to a million Muslims per year!
“Sources” state this. None named, of course. And there isn’t a shred of evidence for it. Frankly, I think they’re undershooting it. They should have gone with Avi Lipkin’s ridiculous claim that Obama was moving “50-100 million Muslims” into the country and hiding them in our national parks that have now been taken over by the UN’s Agenda 21. If you’re gonna tell a lie, go whole hog.