Billionaires Bankroll the Tea Party

The Koch Brothers and Murdoch pay for 'populist' uprising
By Emily Rauhala,  Newser Staff
Posted Aug 29, 2010 5:32 AM CDT
Billionaires Bankroll the Tea Party
Rupert Murdoch, populist?   (AP Photo/Stephen Chernin)

This weekend, "real" mad-as-hell Americans gathered in Washington to "reclaim" America. But, writes Frank Rich for the New York Times, there's something missing from this picture of leaderless populism: "The sugar daddies who are bankrolling it." Said daddies are none other than Rupert Murdoch and the Koch brothers, David and Charles, who fund events to pursue a "self-interested" and "radical" agenda, Rich writes.

Obama and the Democrats must fight back. "When wolves of Murdoch’s ingenuity and the Kochs’ stealth have been at the door of our democracy in the past, Democrats have fought back fiercely," he says. Today's tycoons "must be laughing all the way to the bank knowing that working Americans are aiding and abetting their selfish interests." (Miss the rally in Washington? Click here for choice quotes from Palin and Beck.)

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