Tea and Antipathy

Who’s cashing in on (and clashing within) the tea party movement.

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Dale Robertson

DALE ROBERTSON, TEAPARTY.ORG: Claiming to be the founder of the tea party movement, he’s bought up domain names like teaparty.org and tried to sell them off. Competing tea partiers have tried to discredit him by circulating a photo of him carrying a racist sign at a rally (right).

Tea Party Express

TEA PARTY EXPRESS: This nationwide bus tour is organized by a political action committee called Our Country Deserves Better; the original idea was cooked up by GOP consulting firm Russo Marsh & Rogers. According to Politico, the Tea Party Express raised more than $2.7 million; of the $4.1 million spent by the PAC, nearly half has gone to Russo Marsh.

Mark Meckler

MARK MECKLER, TEA PARTY PATRIOTS: The former political consultant turned tea party spokesman has come under fire for his ties to the GOP. He once worked for the group that underwrote the anti-Hillary Clinton movie at the center of the Supreme Court’s Citizens United decision—which allows unlimited corporate money to flow into the election system so many tea partiers despise.

Judson Phillips

JUDSON PHILLIPS, TEA PARTY NATION: The founder of the for-profit Tea Party Nation borrowed money to pay Sarah Palin $100,000 to headline a $500-plus-per-person Nashville convention in February. Phillips said he’d plow any profits back into the movement, and he has since said the money will help pay for a July confab in Las Vegas.

Sarah Palin

SARAH PALIN: New York magazine estimates that the half-term governor and tea party favorite has made more than $12 million since early 2009. Her Tea Party Nation fee included $18,000 for a private jet for her five-person entourage. She has signed up with Fox News for a reported $1 million a year, and her Sarah PAC has raised $2.5 million.

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SIX TRUTHS

Reclaiming power from those who abuse it often starts with telling the truth. And in "This Is How Authoritarians Get Defeated," MoJo's Monika Bauerlein unpacks six truths to remember during the homestretch of an election where democracy, truth, and decency are on the line.

Truth #1: The chaos is the point.

Truth #2: Team Reality is bigger than it seems.

Truth #3: Facebook owns this.

Truth #4: When we go to work, we're in the fight.

Truth #5: It's about minority rule.

Truth #6: The only thing that can save us is…us.

Please take a moment to see how all these truths add up, because what happens in the weeks and months ahead will reverberate for at least a generation and we better be prepared.

And if you think journalism like Mother Jones'—that calls it like it is, that will never acquiesce to power, that looks where others don't—can help guide us through this historic, high-stakes moment, and you're able to right now, please help us reach our $350,000 goal by October 31 with a donation today. It's all hands on deck for democracy.

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