The other day a guy showed up at the DC bank rally and tried to cause a scene when Bill Greider was speaking, and the video of me went round the wingnut world.

They did a little digging over at Save the Rich and found out it was produced by GOP astroturf specialty firm Frank Strategies. Ed Frank is the former spokesperson for Elaine Chao at the Department of Labor, and is now a consultant for Americans for Prosperity. Frank Strategies is listed as "local sponsors" at the Houston Tea Party site, and they’re organizing the tea parties in DC and the following cities states:

New Jersey
North Carolina
Washington DC

As Save the Rich says, "Yeah, that’s right, Ed Frank who is a consultant for Americans for Prosperity and who also used to be Vice President of Public Affairs for AFP, is making videos and coordinating Tax Day Tea Parties for AFP all over the country." David H. Koch is the Chairman of the Board of Americans for Prosperity. Its funders include the usual rogue’s gallery of big right wing infrastructure donors: Armstrong/Bradley/Lambe nexus.

The teabaggers don’t seem to be conscious of the dissonance of trying to pass off billionaire astroturf as "grassroots," but then nobody involved in this online movement seem to be capable of googling "teabagging" in the first place, so intellectual rigor isn’t their strong suit.

Save the Rich is doing a great job digging into the right wing infrastructure financing these Tea Party shindigs, so check them out.

Jane Hamsher

Jane Hamsher

Jane is the founder of Her work has also appeared on the Huffington Post, Alternet and The American Prospect. She’s the author of the best selling book Killer Instinct and has produced such films Natural Born Killers and Permanent Midnight. She lives in Washington DC.
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