Dick Armey Goes to Media Matters to Dish on FreedomWorks

This is disgraceful.
Dick Armey went to Media Matters to dish on FreedomWorks. The former FreedomWorks chairman did not approve of the way the conservative group was working with Glenn Beck to push conservative causes. So, he went to the most sinister far left outlet on the planet to rip on FreedomWorks. He must have lost his mind.
Media Matters reported, via Gateway Grassroots Initiative:

Former FreedomWorks chairman Dick Armey says the conservative outlet that helped launch the Tea Party paid Glenn Beck at least $1 million last year to fundraise for the organization, an arrangement he said provided “too little value” for the money.

“The arrangement was simply FreedomWorks paid Glenn Beck money and Glenn Beck said nice things about FreedomWorks on the air,” Armey, the former House majority leader, told Media Matters Friday. “I saw that a million dollars went to Beck this past year, that was the annual expenditure.”

Armey, who left the organization this past fall after a dispute over its internal operations, said a similar arrangement was also in place with Rush Limbaugh, but did not know the exact financial details.

“I put it down now as basically as paid advertising for FreedomWorks by Beck,” Armey said, calling it a mistake.

Media Matters contacted Armey after Mother Jones magazine published a leaked copy of the document FreedomWorks prepared for its Winter 2012 board of directors meeting. That document alluded to “embedded media programs” for fundraising that featured the two conservative radio hosts and claimed that fundraising efforts featuring them raised nearly $1.3 million in 2012, not including event ticket sales from third-party vendors.

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  • Conservative to the Core

    When you’ve lost Dick Armey . . .

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  • Empyrean

    Hell hath no fury …

  • Truth Teller

    I don’t understand why we keep having these situations of supposed “conservatives” and “patriots” evolving into turn-coats. Is there some secret organization that is going around brainwashing and/or threatening these individuals???

    Guess what? There are enough real Patriots in this country that will not be swayed, regardless of what they try to do. What we do need is greater unity and organization of Patriots – let’s get this going.

  • dba_vagabond_trader

    So Mr Armey, WHO is signing YOUR pay check?

  • ALL_IS_LOST

    Dick…can I call you Dick??? You have proved yourself unworthy. This was a simple matter of power, money, and glory to you Dick, and you have shamed your bloodline. It is okay though….I understand narcissism and old age tend to go together as you strain to be relevant and leave a legacy. Most of us are unworthy of such challenges.

    Now, you are probably flailing your arms trying to get everybody to forget about silly things like abortion and focus on what really matters, money/economy. What in the world does moral conservatism have to do with the crisis at hand, right? Well, if you do not see the connection you really should not be in a position of any power.

    It is the lack of moral conservatism that has led us to the end of America as an economic power, and probably as a world power. When people voted for Obama and a second term it was because they had no concept of the freedoms they were giving up to get free stuff. The people had no concept of what was really dooming the middle class to extinction.

    When you advocate for immorality you bring society down. What is moral and immoral is the question. For years it had been the Bible that gave us the morality map, but that has been destroyed through the concept of sex without meaning, or free sex. So the Bible was against free sex and the society wanted to screw…hetero, homo, auto….whatever suits your fancy. And the family was destroyed. I really do thank the children of the 60’s for this new world we live in today.

    So without using the Bible as a guide we move to relative morality…whatever I think and feel…even if different notions are contrary or if the notion is provably irrational and untrue.

    Now we cannot even say that innocent life is worth protecting. We cannot say that taking another’s property. We cannot say that it is wrong to by capable of work, not work, and still expect money.

    So Dick, I have no use for you or your kind. You can move on with the knowledge that your legacy is one to be ridiculed and scorned. It is much the same as the legacy of the establishment GOP.

  • Chippy

    So they bought advertising time on radio. Great idea!

  • Redwine

    Sounds like Soros (Glenn’s nemesis and major threat) really got to him. What a Dick.

  • Pablo

    FreedomWorks ran tons of ads on Beck’s outlets, both pre-recorded and live reads. Beck was also integral to the FreePAC events. If Beck’s audience is not an appropriate target, whose is? Oh yeah. Rush.

  • Buzzy

    When the Tea Parties first started, as a result of Rick Santelli’s screed, it was a phenomenon like no other. It was thousands of small local groups holding rallies in local communities. Everyone at first promised that the groups wanted no leaders or centralization of the movement. Heck, many of them wouldn’t even allow any politicians to grace their stages. As usual, someone sees what they perceive as a vacuum, and moves in to do exactly what the many groups didn’t want, hence Dick Armey and his Freedomworks and the national Tea Party Patriot birthing. The groups in fact did become a part of a centralized message- Less taxes, smaller government, individual freedom, is their entire platform, and oh BTW send us money. Remember reading the myriad of stories about the leaders of the national Tea Party groups earning six figure salaries? That’s a heck of a lot of money that could have gone directly to good candidates that stepped forward. That’s a heck of a lot of money that could have been used for on the ground get out the vote efforts. That’s a heck of a lot of money that could have been used to fight the massive amount of progressive voter fraud efforts. The Tea Parties need serious reform to bring those local community groups back together in promoting your own local efforts, and working for your own local candidates. Bag the national groups and keep your money for your own local movements. See what I am saying, those like Armey only saw the whole movement as a big huge money making scheme, and we still have Obama and a liberal/progressive controlled Senate.

  • cavt

    This just shows that his conservative beliefs(if any) were very shallow and not true to his core. Sure you can have disagreements within conservatism, but if you are true to your belief, you don’t go to the people who hate your belief and want to destroy it(and you.) This Dick is a Benedict.

  • Maryd

    Didn’t Michael Savage call him out a long time ago?

  • General Martok

    There are a lot of “professional conservatives” out there that are only out to make money on the “conservative” brand

  • obfuscatenot

    Didn’t he get a big old severance package? Were there not any terms from the Freedom Works end? They aren’t out insulting Armey are they? Looks like grapes are wickedly sour in the Armey household. Freedom works didn’t get their moneys worth from Beck? Hah, more like didn’t get their moneys worth from the major Dick.

  • Ghost

    #4

    BECAUSE! Armey was never a “turncoat” – he was always a Hijacker

    some folks are only now just starting to realize that we are in a two-front war, if not multi-front war. it was the aim/goal/agenda of the repubican establishment section of the Ruling Class to subvert the True Patriots of the Tea Party.

    THIS IS WHY! we have always had to have our guard up against infiltraitors.
    THIS IS WHY! the Convention re-set the rules for future elections at the Convention.
    THIS IS WHY! there will ne NO! takeover of the repubican party by Conservatives.

    get your head outta yo’ ass that there is any alternative except to DRAMATICALLY FORCE OUR ISSUES.

    1) Civil Disobedience
    2) DIVORCE- separation, secession

    ohhh, so you think a Third Party is a better way to go…. and what makes you believe They won’t infilltrate to destroy that too?

    LOOK, Divorce may not be the only decision, but it sho’nuff will scare the crap out of them, won’t it? and it is the the best way to try to re-establish our principles with force.

  • Donna S

    Buzzy, right on. Politics is so ugly.

  • Ray

    Whenever I hear the name Dick Armey I think of Family Guy.

  • bastiches

    “Buzzy commented:

    “When the Tea Parties first started, as a result of Rick Santelli’s screed,”

    NO, NO, NO. Wrong, wrong, wrong.

    The TEA party was not a result of a MSNBC commentator. The people that formed the TEA party started protesting the TARP debacle in Sept/Oct 2008.

    Santelli, while a rare spot of sanity in the ocean of stupid that is cable TV, is not the originator of the TEA party. This may seem pedantic or argumentative but it is important. Please go back and read some of the news from Sept 2008.

  • jimstlmo

    I’m glad Freedom works dumped Dick Armey. I never trusted him and knew he was a RINO from his days in congress. We didn’t get 16 Trillion in debt without people like him in the GOP.

    Good Riddance, and thank you Dick for letting conservatives know your true colors.

    The truth is, until we purge the RINOS there isn’t a viable party to undo the damage from the Democrats. And I’m this close to voting Libertarian in the future, already did against Ann Wagner in MO-8.

  • Mad Hatter

    The real Dick Armey has come out. He’s always been a fake Conservative. He had a lot of people fooled for a long time. It makes you wonder how many other RINO’s have sold themselves like prostitutes to the pimp Soros.

  • westie

    Dick Armey saw the T-Party parade and jumped to the front in order to get credit. He has always been a poser and never worth warm spit. BTW who has been paying this Dick?

  • buffy

    Now you know why Gingrich tanked him when it came to the House Speakership back in ’94. It wasn’t because of the sexual harrasment charges from some of his female students. It was because Gingrich sniffed out Armey’s mental imbalance and knew it would end up ruining all the work that the conservatives did to take the House back in that election. You see the same type of pathology with Christie. It’s a personality disorder that manifests itself in a slash and burn campaign against imaginary enemies. Armey went bananas back then and left the House just like Christie is going bananas now over the Sandy aid funding. All he had to do is wait a few days til the House could get all the pork out of the bill. But no. He went bananas even though Barry has been holding up aid for months. Do you read anything about that? Nope. Rush was right about Christie just like he was right about Armey back then.

  • forest

    I noticed that Freedom Works became a sponsor of Beck’s radio show a while back. he was very clear about it. That makes sense to me considering the groups of people they are trying to reach. What’s the big deal?

  • C.O. Jones

    Dick Armey has just proven himself to be just another greedy Progressive fame-whore determined to silence those true patriots of whom he is jealous. By using these Alisnky tactics on Beck, Armey also seeks to silence the voices of the TEA Party and other like-minded individuals.

    Dick, you’re a true blue dick.

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  • Paul A’Barge

    Hold on. Do some looking-Glenn Beck is Kryptonite. Not all it seems.

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  • GotFreedom

    What’s the big deal. . .why is this any different than any other business advertising with a TV/Radio/News outlet. . .it’s called capitalism and if the conservatives want to get their message out, then they are going to have to spend a few bucks to do so (just like every other business in America that wants to make the country aware of their product. . .in this case, the product is conservative principles and values). Money well spent IMO. . .sounds like sour grapes to me from Mr. Armey!

  • radioone

    Freedomworks has sent me “begging money” emails. Once Dick Armey got involved they all got kicked into the “spam” file.

  • BS61

    I joined freedworks, then left them due to Dick Armey’s big mouth!

  • BS61

    #9 January 5, 2013 at 10:10 am
    Pablo commented:
    FreedomWorks ran tons of ads on Beck’s outlets, both pre-recorded and live reads. Beck was also integral to the FreePAC events. If Beck’s audience is not an appropriate target, whose is? Oh yeah. Rush.

    Pablo – you really shouldn’t believe all ads – you need to check out things for yourself!

  • BS61

    #12 January 5, 2013 at 10:32 am
    Maryd commented:
    Didn’t Michael Savage call him out a long time ago?

    Probably Maryd – When I finally woke up after having no life in AZ (for a job). I asked my Republican friends who I should listen to – they said Levin and Savage. At the time Savage was on a rampage about being banned and seemed self-centered to me, so I quit. Plus, he constantly berated his competitors – I think if we woke up, what does it matter who awoke us. I generally don’t trust people who choose to live in CA.

  • BS61

    #18 January 5, 2013 at 12:32 pm
    bastiches commented:
    “Buzzy commented:

    “When the Tea Parties first started, as a result of Rick Santelli’s screed,”

    NO, NO, NO. Wrong, wrong, wrong.

    The TEA party was not a result of a MSNBC commentator. The people that formed the TEA party started protesting the TARP debacle in Sept/Oct 2008.

    Santelli, while a rare spot of sanity in the ocean of stupid that is cable TV, is not the originator of the TEA party. This may seem pedantic or argumentative but it is important. Please go back and read some of the news from Sept 2008

    Huh, that’s why I joined in the local TP?!

  • L.E. Liesner

    Dick Armey has proven over and over again that he is whatever the money says he is. His only allegance is to himself. Talk about dragging a ten dollar bill through the trailer park, the people in the trailer park would have to fight good old Dick for it.

  • http://swesleymcgranor.wordpress.com S. Wesley Mcgranor

    What kind of neoconservative infighting is this?

  • Jill

    @number 26- Beck became “kryptonite” only after a successful campaign by Van Jones and Colors of Change caused his advertisers to flee. His network is quite successful, revolutionary, and appreciated in my household. Beck has a far bigger platform to reach conservatives and proven more true to the movement than Armey ever did. Freedomworks made a wise decision to shed itself of him.

  • Jill

    Furthermore, it is obvious that Armey never watched Beck’s show. Had he done so, he would know that Beck always noted that FreedomWorks was a paid sponsor, whose ideals he supported personally.

  • labman57

    It should come as no surprise to people that the broadcasts of political televangelists such as Beck and Limbaugh are little more than right wing infomercials.

  • Mike

    Y’all aren’t catching on to the most important part of this report —

    FreedomWorks has a mole/spy: “Media Matters contacted Armey after Mother Jones magazine published a leaked copy of the document FreedomWorks prepared for its Winter 2012 board of directors meeting.” Not just anybody walks into a strategic meeting like that, yet MJ got a hold of sensitive document from a restricted meeting.

    Question: How close to the decision-making process is the infiltrator(s)? The Commies are good…

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  • timb

    Conservatives fine with being grifted. Check

    What does this say about the rest of your heroes? Beck and Limbaugh are basically paid to say nice things about Freedom Works, so that more people will give them money, so they can give more to beck and Limbaugh.

    Nice “grass roots movement” you have there. Too bad it exists only to steal from the people it represents.

    Oh, and Pablo, before you snivel about Beck changing the content of his opinion and show for money (oh, hold it, you were not complaining about that), maybe you’d like to notice his penchant for hiding the truth about Goldline.

  • Anna Marie

    How much money was spent by al the various conservative PACs and “Super PACs” this last election, and what did it get us? In fact conservatives groups outspent liberal groups by about 50% and we got. . . nothing, worse than nothing, Obama and our pockets emptied by our so-called friends. Maybe Dick Armey is the real true-blue friend here, the one not afraid to tell you “Yes, that dress makes your butt look big”, or in this case “these conservative groups seem to be more interested in making money than promoting real American ideals” (which is a paraphrase of what he actually said.)

    Maybe I’m angry because I donated money that went nowhere, maybe I’m angry because I was asked to vote for Romney when I never liked Romney in the primaries, maybe it’s both, but I suspect Armey is right. When your doctor tells you to quit smoking, it’s not because he’s in league with nanny-state liberals– we shouldn’t be criticizing the messenger.

  • Brad

    If Dick Armey is telling the truth, why should we care that he told it to Media Matters. He isn’t undermining conservatism if he’s telling people to avoid giving money to an organization that exists solely to raise money. We need effective conservative organizations that don’t misuse funds.

    Media Matters is clearly an organization the enemy, but nothing Armey said really aids the enemy unless his claims are untrue. Glenn Beck and Rush Limbaugh’s personal bank accounts aren’t going to win any elections for us. I agree that we can’t trust leftists, but that doesn’t mean we should go after our own side for exposing organizations that are ripping people off. If you’re giving money to conservative organizations, make sure that you give it to effective organizations.

    Assuming that he’s telling the truth, how could Dick Armey have gotten the word out more effectively? If you can’t answer that question, don’t criticize him for telling Media Matters.

  • Mike Francis

    Way to completely miss the point.

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  • dw

    Ha ha! It looks like conservative PACs are best enriching Rush, Karl, and Glenn. So Dick Armey didn’t even know with whom he was talking – that’s rich!

    Oh and by the way Hoft, way to jump to conclusions:

    “This is disgraceful… The former FreedomWorks chairman did not approve of the way the conservative group was working with Glenn Beck to push conservative causes. So, he went to the most sinister far left outlet on the planet to rip on FreedomWorks. He must have lost his mind.”

    Ha ha, you suck.

  • patriotzombee

    The GOP is full of establishment Republicrat progressives like Dick Army. That’s why I dumped the GOP after the Romney defeat. I never understood or trusted why Freedom Works teamed up with Dick Armey to begin with . As House Majority Leader ,Armey oversaw astronomical amounts of spending increases. You could hardly find a less credible source for reining in spending or managing the national debt. Dick Armey was a complete abysmal failure at stopping the growth in government spending. Which is tragic because he ran on controlling spending in nearly every election he ran in, which includes the 1994 sweep based on the Contract With America – a document he helped write. Freedomworks and the Tea Party needs to do a better job of vetting who they associate with.

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