Republican gubernatorial hopeful Tom Corbett never imagined a year ago that he'd be campaigning at tea party rallies.Completely absent in the reporting is the money trail from Richard Mellon Scaife (owner of the Pittsburgh Tribune Review) to the tea party movement.
But there he was Saturday afternoon on the North Shore courting voters -- as were congressional hopefuls Mary Beth Buchanan and Melissa Haluszczak -- as the Pennsylvania Tea Party marked its first anniversary with an open-air rally at Allegheny Landing replete with a sprinkling of coiled-snake Gadsden flags and protest pickets.
Many predicted the loosely organized, small government grassroots movement that began building in early 2009 would fade quickly.
A year later, its rallies are becoming a must for serious Republican candidates. Saturday's rally, the first of three this month in the Pittsburgh area, attracted several hundred tea party supporters as well as the candidates and their representatives.
By way of Dick Armey and Freedomworks.
- In 2008, the Scaife-controlled Sarah Scaife Foundation gave $70,000 to Freedomworks
- In 2007, the Scaife-controlled Sarah Scaife Foundation gave $200,000 to Freedomworks
- In 2006, the Scaife-controlled Sarah Scaife Foundation gave $200,000 to Freedomworks
And that's just in the last 3 years.
When the owner of a paper funds an organization that's (at the very least) coordinating a political movement and then that paper reports on that movement without reporting on the connection, that's what's known as a conflict of interest my friends.
But it's all OK because we "know" that George Soros gave money to Moveon.org (except he didn't).