Richmond Tea Party Sues City: Charge #Occupy Protesters Or Refund $10,000 For Rallies at Plaza

The City of Richmond charged the local tea party $10,000 to hold three rallies on the plaza… But, socialist squatters get to set up camp for free.


The Richmond Tea Party is demanding a refund from the city for $10,000 it spent on permits, portable toilets, police presence and emergency personnel for three rallies held at same plaza where the Occupy Richmond squatters set up their camp.
The Republic reported:

The Richmond tea party is demanding a refund of about $10,000 from the city, claiming it unfairly charged them for rallies while allowing the Occupy protesters to use the same space for several weeks for free.

The political organization is sending the city an invoice for the charges incurred for three rallies held in Kanawha Plaza over the past three years. The Occupy protesters have been camped in the plaza since Oct. 15.

Richmond Tea Party spokeswoman Colleen Owens says it’s not fair that her group had to pay fees for permits, portable toilets, police presence and emergency personnel. The group also had to purchase a $1 million insurance policy.

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  • Highlander

    Fabulous. Just like the Tea Party huh? The double standard is apparently alive and well in liberal politics. The city throws the regulatory book at a group they don’t like, and then turns a blind eye when a left-wing group shows up looking to use the same services….

    Sue the crap out of them …. it’s about time someone put an end to the favoritism and double standards these liberal groups receive. Either EVERYONE pays, or nobody pays, but city officials CANNOT be given the power to reward or punish groups based on their own personal beliefs.

  • Mark1957

    The TEA Party rallies that I have been involved in, the police gave us a start time and an end time, on top of paying for permits & police overtime.

  • donh

    Amen….Janet Reno would have burned these cult camps down to the ground a long time ago if they were rallying for bibles and gun rights.

  • olm

    Good. I hope Tea Parties in other cities do the same.

  • Redwine

    Good move. Should be widely duplicated.

  • Remco Kimber

    Equal protection of the laws!

  • DeeDee

    Great! I hope that all of the Tea Party organizations sue the cities that made them pay for permits and have turned a blind eye to the OWS crowd.

  • donh

    Homeless beggers who have been bullied off the sidewalk for loitering in the past should also sue.

  • Dewey

    Please stop this Liberal/conservative ignorance. There are more important issues at hand. Now the only available money in the country is being used to support whatever side you are on. Go back to 2008 and look at how the unregulated markets did business. You want your tax dollars to have anything to do with these markets? Let the markets do their business outside of government. They sold useless products around the world and laughed to the bank! Most activities were not against the law. Fix the country then go back to your politics. Fact #1 is Corporations are buying politicians, promising core value issues, and sneaking in laws that have torn this economic system apart for over 30 years. Both parties are guilty. Smear propaganda that the rest of the world cannot figure out how Americans fall for. Wake up and do your homework away from politics. Dig up the proper info and realize the system is naturally off. There is not an easy fast fix but we cannot go on this way. Liberal/Conservative hatred is not the answer. If you sit in a room with your opposite you will find most Americans have the same core values. We fight over issues, that’s good, but if you think those who have their money in politics are out for anything other than Global Domination you have been duped. That has been a corporate slogan for years. I have seen the speech in many a corporate meeting. It just has gotten out of hand. All Americans are at risk here. Our jobs are overseas, gone in the damaged housing market, ect. Do you really think everything you buy can be from China and there will be a job for your grand-children. Do you really think the top $ companies will bring jobs back home if we just give them a tax cut? Look beyond your paradigm. I beg of you stop the politics and do your research from the sources not blogs. We cannot start to recover with this hatred. We the people must become a viable country again. All of us!

  • Alana

    Good. I’m beyond sick and tired of the rules in this country only applying to some, while others skate free. (Illegals included.)

  • Militant Conservative

    Calling my TEA Party guys in Georgia.

    This is how the left has been ham stringing

    The conservatives, payback is a beeyotch.

    Powder is dry

  • progressoverpeace

    Even little kids have had their lemonade stands busted for not having (and paying for) permits. The OWS dregs can’t even be held to the standards of a 6 year old.

    It is nice to know that anyone can camp out anywhere in these cities they want, and serve food to the public (except for those homeless leeches who are trying to steal the OWS handouts) without worrying about the health department … Just set up a tent and a burner and you’re good to go!

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  • lakewriter

    Excellent. I’ll be REAL interested in hearing the city’s reply/response!

  • WillofLa

    I emailed Bloomberg’s office, and received a email back that the mayor had received my email, so just to show you that you can get your opinion to these people if you try. I told him he needed to get off his butt and get these people out of the city. Put them somewhere else before the businesses down town loose so much money they won’t be able to make it back up, considering the economy. I told him that it was unfair that he gave these Occupier’s permission to hold this gathering for free. I asked him, “How much money is the city loosing for not issuing a permit for such a length of time?” It would pay salaries for no telling how long. I told him that the police are loosing money to because they aren’t down there watching out for people stealing money or clothes or something. I said look at the bums that are praying on these people down there, and the filth that is being generated the garbage company is out the money it would take to pay for extra pickup of all the trash these hippies are creating. “The city is out a huge amount of money by your being to afraid of these people rather than making them pay for the use of where all they are Occupying.” I told him that he needed to get off his butt before the people of New York throw him out on his ear! And ended it there. I think he got the message. Oh yeah, I also told him that, “I had read that the eateries down town were loosing 40 to 50% of their business because people don’t want to go to lunch and be harrassed by these scumbags, and that they aren’t going to go eat lunch at all these places if they have to run a obsticle course and have people spit at them just to get a sandwich.” Now I see that the cops are starting to set the field to end up finally getting rid of all of them because they are just to much trouble, besides the trash and filth they are all generating. Why doesn’t the msm show how grossed out some trash collector is by having to pick up somebodies poop on the curb. I hear the bums in San Fransisco do the same thing, they just crap at the curb right in front of everyone. How gross! And extremely unsanitary as well since most all diseases come from the fecies.

  • Bill Steward

    Great, it’s about time… When Protest rules are not applied to all, it’s unfair and should be seen as Government (Federal, State or Local) trying to restrict the Right to Protest of certain groups or Party Affiliation…

  • Blackbird

    Now we are cooking with gas. Turn their favorite tools against them until they BEG for those tools to be made illegal. That is a good point for negotiations to start.

  • A_Nonny_Mouse

    Hey, you mean that Conservatives can play the “Waah! it’s not FAIR!!@!” game too??!!??

    What a wonderful, wonderful idea. It’s Alinsky-ish: Make them live up to their own values.


  • Mannie

    Any required fees and fines will be paid with Stimulus money, anyway. They’re being organized from the White House.

  • Blackbird

    Even better is that #OWS is getting Cloward-Pivened right this moment by the homeless and ex-cons. Collapse their system with the weight of the needy. Karma indeed.