This article is NOTbased on an anonymous source. It’s based on facts provided by persons with personal knowledge of the facts reported. In fact the information is provided by the person who was the Chairman of Freedom Works, and therefore the person most knowledgeable of the operations of Freedom Works.
The idea that FreedomWorks would pay Beck and Limbaugh to promote their organization is wrong for many reasons, including:
1. Beck and Limbaugh haven’t disclosed to their listeners that they are being paid to promote this organization.
2. Beck and Limbaugh have national radio shows, and are using their broadcasting shows to solicit donations for FreedomWorks. FreedomWorks is both a PAC and a 501 c 3, not for profit organization. That means that if donors are paying attention to which branch of “FreedomWorks” to which they donate their money, they can make donations to conservative political causes, and deduct the contributions from their gross income.
FreedomWorks not only supports conservative candidates with donations, but they spend hundreds of thousands of dollars in opposition to conservative candidates who they deem not conservative enough. Consider these statistics:
a. As of 11-26-12 FreedomWorks reported cash on hand of $1,178,614.38.
b. As of 11-26-12 FreedomWorks reported Expenditures for the previous month of $19,669,391.48
c. As of 11-26-12 Freedom works reported contributions of $23,296,061.18.
FreedomWorks, the organization that helped the creation of the tea party movement, sells itself as a genuine grassroots organization. Yet it is infact an organization controlled and funded by wealthy donors. For example, Richard Stephenson, a FreedomWorks board member, and members of his family funneled $12 million in October alone to FreedomWorks, which was used to support tea party candidates in November’s elections. Thus the creation of a SuperPAC and then placing the largest donor on the board is a way to avoid the campaign finance laws, which limit the contributions of a single person to a single candidate.
Moreover, the FreedomWorks organization categorizes money spent as “supporting” a particular candidate, and money spent “opposing” a candidate. Thus if a Republican had the audacity to run against a more conservative Republican in a primary, FreedomWork would not only support the more conservative candidate, but would spend hundreds of thousands of dollars “opposing” the less conservative Republican. As an example, FreedomWork spent $341,540.00 “opposing Senator Lugar from Indiana, in the primary race against Richard Mourdock. You remember Mourdock? He was the one who said that a pregnancy resulting from a rape was a gift from god.
Perhaps the most offensive implication of Limbaugh and Beck using the broadcast stations to promote the FreedomWorks organization is that it is a way to avoid the Equal Time Rule. Federal law requires national networks to provide equal time to candidates on air. By promoting FreedomWorks, Beck and Limbaugh help raise money for ultra-conservative candidates, without the need for offsetting advertisement for liberal candidates. The excuse that would be offered, if anyone bothered to ask, is that Limbaugh and Beck are promoting a PAC and not a particular candidate. The result is that Limbaugh and Beck line their personal pockets through the promotion of an organization created to avoid campaign finance laws. Listeners and the American public suffer as a result of the profit of Limbaugh and Beck. Instead of promoting candidates that represent conservative grass roots citizens, they promote the extremely conservative candidates supported by a small group of wealthy people who seem to be paid to promote extreme ideas, and a failure to compromise to achieve bipartisan solutions to problems facing the country. As American good will declines around the world, the net worth of Beck and Limbaugh continues to increase.