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The Tea Party was created by Big Tobacco over a decade ago


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A new academic study confirms that front groups with longstanding ties to the tobacco industry and the billionaire Koch brothers planned the formation of the Tea Party movement more than a decade before it exploded onto the U.S. political scene.

Far from a genuine grassroots uprising, this astroturf effort was curated by wealthy industrialists years in advance. Many of the anti-science operatives who defended cigarettes are currently deploying their tobacco-inspired playbook internationally to evade accountability for the fossil fuel industry's role in driving climate disruption.

The study, funded by the National Cancer Institute of the National Institute of Health, traces the roots of the Tea Party's anti-tax movement back to the early 1980s when tobacco companies began to invest in third party groups to fight excise taxes on cigarettes, as well as health studies finding a link between cancer and secondhand cigarette smoke.


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The two main organizations identified in the UCSF Quarterback study are Americans for Prosperity and Freedomworks. Both groups are now "supporting the tobacco companies' political agenda by mobilizing local Tea Party opposition to tobacco taxes and smoke-free laws." Freedomworks and Americans for Prosperity were once a single organization called Citizens for a Sound Economy (CSE). CSE was founded in 1984 by the infamous Koch Brothers, David and Charles Koch, and received over $5.3 million from tobacco companies, mainly Philip Morris, between 1991 and 2004.


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The common public understanding of the origins of the Tea Party is that it is a popular grassroots uprising that began with anti-tax protests in 2009. However, the Quarterback study reveals that in 2002, the Kochs and tobacco-backed CSE designed and made public the first Tea Party Movement website under the web address www.usteaparty.com. Here's a screenshot of the archived U.S. Tea Party site, as it appeared online on Sept. 13, 2002:




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CSE describes the U.S. Tea Party site, "In 2002, our U.S. Tea Party is a national event, hosted continuously online, and open to all Americans who feel our taxes are too high and the tax code is too complicated." The site features a "Patriot Guest book" where supporters can write a message of support for CSE and the U.S. Tea Party movement.

Sometime around September 2011, the U.S. Tea Party site was taken offline. According to the DNS registry, the web address www.usteaparty.com is currently owned by Freedomworks.


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Grassroots my A$$







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LSUAlum2001
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If it is on the Internet, it must be true..





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CptBengal
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koch brothers!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!





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Exactky when can we expect your head to come out of the other end of the intestinal tract after spending so much time inserted in the lower end? You ran away from the Benghazi thread like a scalded dog, what happened?


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RogerTheShrubber
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Jesus christ..







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BugAC
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Big tobacco huh?

Ok

*tussleshair*






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RogerTheShrubber
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koch brothers!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!




AND big tobacco. Throw Walmart in there and it's a "progressives" wet dream.






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Wally Sparks
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The writer is definitely an impartial source:

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Brendan DeMelle is Executive Director and Managing Editor of DeSmogBlog.com. He is also a freelance writer and researcher specializing in new media, politics, climate change and clean energy. He has served as research associate for Robert F. Kennedy, Jr., researcher for Ring of Fire Radio, researcher for Laurie David and StopGlobalWarming.org, law and policy analyst for Environmental Working Group, campus organizer for Connecticut Public Interest Research Group, environmental justice associate for EPA Region 10, among other positions in his career. DeMelle has provided writing and communications services on a wide range of topics, with a demonstrated ability to simplify complex and technical issues into concise, accessible language for general public consumption.








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Decatur
I remember when I valued your contribution.






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Big tobacco, isn't that what the Gore family grew befor Al turned the property into a hazardous waste site?





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Mo Jeaux
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I love the butthurtedness.

Obfuscate and refuse to engage message - check.






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So the tea party is either not racist or they can see into the future?





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MFn GIMP
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CSE was founded in 1984 by the infamous Koch Brothers, David and Charles Koch, and received over $5.3 million from tobacco companies, mainly Philip Morris, between 1991 and 2004.

So $380k a year? My GOD!

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Grassroots my A$$

You know what else was a conspiracy? Every single multiple discovery in the history of the world. Darwin and Wallace? They colluded in creating the Theory of Natural Selection.
The discovery of the stratosphere? Collusion.
Bacteriophages? You guessed it, collusion.



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So $380k a year? My GOD!



I assume you're being sarcastic, which is disgusting.






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Taxing Authority
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(it deserves another one)






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MFn GIMP
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I assume you're being sarcastic, which is disgusting.

Yes, I was being sarcastic. I just find it hilarious that the author tries to make it sound like tobacco companies were giving millions of dollars a year to CSE.






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LSUconvert
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I just find it hilarious that the author tries to make it sound like tobacco companies were giving millions of dollars a year to CSE.



The author wasn't making it SOUND like anything, if that was the case why would they put the exact figure in the same line?






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