Tuesday, March 05, 2013

Can't buy me love

By Mustang Bobby 

Via The Atlantic:

Former FreedomWorks chairman Dick Armey revealed that the Tea Party group paid Glenn Beck about $1 million to say "nice things" about the group on his radio show, and that it got a negative return on that investment, in an interview Friday — with the liberal group Media Matters, of all places. It's the latest strange revelation in the FreedomWorks civil war. Armey reportedly tried to stage an armed coup last fall, but his reign didn't last long, and donor Richard J. Stephenson agreed to pay Armey $400,000 a year for 20 years to go away. Apparently that didn't come with a non-disparagement clause.

After the liberal magazine Mother Jones posted a copy of a FreedomWorks document about its fundraising, Armey reached out to Media Matters to explain how the group wastes money by trying to raise money through radio hosts Beck and Rush Limbaugh. Armey said FreedomWorks paid Beck $1 million to say nice things about the group to raise more cash, but Beck’s appeals raised considerably less than that.

This is comical on two levels: first, that these folks thinking that buying off Glenn Beck and Rush Limbaugh would help their cause with anyone outside of the wingnut base, and second, that they think they know how to fix the economy by cutting back on waste, fraud, and abuse... which basically describes both Mr. Beck and Mr. Limbaugh.

The fact that it didn't work is just the icing. 

(Cross-posted at Bark Bark Woof Woof.)

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