Now that Andy Krull from Mother Jones has let the cat out of the bag about the supposedly “grassroots” Tea Party group FreedomWorks’ true nature as a front for the Koch Brothers and other rich people, disaffected former chairman, Dick Armey, is ready to spill the beans. To further provoke FreedomWorks’ President Matt Kibbe — his ex-rival and non-victim of his failed coup d’état — Tricky Dick Armey dished the dirt to Joe Strupp and the über-liberal publication, Media Matters. Apparently, a $1 million bribe is enough to get a “pundit for the people” like Glenn Beck to say nice things about you, but $8 million isn’t enough to get a duplicitous back-stabber like Dick Armey to shut up. (AI readers may recall that Armey jumped ship from FreedomWorks with an $8 million golden parachute).
In his accessible, incisive, and humorous videocast, Cenk Uygur from The Young Turks highlights a few of Armey’s damaging facts, (which are backed up by the internal documents leaked to Mother Jones):
- FreedomWorks had a line-item in their budget for “embedded media programs” — or, bribing right-wing radio pundits like Glenn Beck and Rush Limbaugh with large amounts of money to give them good publicity and to defend the interests of their deep-pocketed donors.
- FreedomWorks paid Glenn Beck over $1 million (actually $726,060 in 2011 and $859,099 in 2012, according to Strupp’s report) explaining that “The arrangement was simply [that] FreedomWorks paid Glenn Beck money and Glenn Beck said nice things about FreedomWorks on the air.” (Poor Rush Limbaugh, he “only” got $433,484)
- Armey elaborated, “I saw that a million dollars went to Beck this past year, that was the annual expenditure,” and also told Strupp that “I put it down as basically paid advertising for FreedomWorks by Beck.” Apparently, Armey also said it was a big mistake.
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