06.30.2009 0

ALG in the News: Washington Times

  • On: 07/07/2009 10:07:06
  • In: Fiscal Responsibility
  • ALG Editor’s Note: In the following featured story, the Washington Times’ quotes NetRightNation.com Senior Editor Adam Bitely on the ongoing strength of the tea party movement in the grassroots:

    Holiday marked by anti-tax Tea Parties

    By Donald Lambro

    Fourth of July “Tea Party” rallies, picnics, marches and other demonstrations were scheduled across the country Saturday to protest what organizers say is record federal spending and taxes by the Obama administration that enlarges government and threatens the nation’s prosperity.

    Whether the turnout would match or exceed the hundreds of April 15 Tea Party protests remained to be seen, though a survey of dozens of publicized events from Maine to California suggested the grass-roots movement had not lost its energy and support.

    The April 15 demonstrations drew an estimated 600,000 people to more than 600 events throughout the country, organizers said. Since then, the movement has remained localized, resisting efforts to turn itself into a national organization, and spawning hundreds of local, citizen-led groups that shun professional politicians at their meetings and public events.

    While little media attention has been paid to the movement since then and some have suggested that its numbers were eroding, Tea Party leaders who have been monitoring the groups and this weekend’s activities dispute that.

    “I don’t think this movement’s eroding,” said Adam Bitely, director of new media at Americans for Limited Government.

    “When the president’s cap-and-trade energy bill came up in the House, a lot of the Tea Party groups were doing local work, calling members of Congress to urge them to vote against the bill,” said Mr. Bitely, whose NetRight Nation Web site tracks Tea Party activities.

    “Most of these people don’t want to be connected to any one group. They are trying to run their own local political organizations and don’t need one national organization to do that,” he said.

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