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Published — December 20, 2011 Updated — May 19, 2014 at 12:19 pm ET

Tea Party ‘super PAC’ going after Sen. Orrin Hatch

Sen. Orrin Hatch, R-Utah, right, accompanied by Senate Finance Committee Chairman Sen. Max Baucus, D-Mont., center, and Sen. Jay Rockefeller, D-W.Va., left. Hatch says a tax on medical devices will increase insurance premiums and the cost of care. Lawrence Jackson/The Associated Press

Groups spends more than $40,000 to oppose the long-time Republican from Utah

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An outside spending group affiliated with the conservative Tea Party movement is targeting long-time Utah Republican Sen. Orrin Hatch in 2012 for not being conservative enough.

FreedomWorks for America is a so-called “super PAC,” meaning it can accept unlimited donations from corporations, individuals and labor unions and spend the funds on advertising and other expenditures aimed at electing or defeating a candidate.

On Tuesday, the group reported to the Federal Election Commission that it spent more than $43,000 on expenditures to oppose Hatch, including payments to a Utah communications firm for research, a D.C.-based polling firm, an Oregon-based yard sign manufacturer and a North Carolina online services company.

The group is affiliated with the conservative FreedomWorks 501(c4) nonprofit group, which also spends money on campaign advertising, but is not required to reveal its donors.

Ryan Hecker, a spokesman for the super PAC, told iWatch News the group opposes what it calls Hatch’s support for increased federal government spending and support of the Department of Education and the Department of Housing and Urban Development.

The organization is required to reveal its donors, but is too new to file a report. The super PAC launched in September and promised a grass roots approach to organizing rather than a massive ad buy.

Former House Majority Leader Dick Armey (R-Texas), chairman of FreedomWorks, said “Our Super PAC is not about buying television ads, it’s about engaging the American public, and getting them outside talking to their neighbors and putting up yard signs.”

Armey said the group wants to “build a grassroots army of active volunteers” to knock off Democrats but also to “hold Republicans accountable to the principles upon which they got elected.” The group’s YouTube page does include three videos, but none mention Hatch.

Hecker says his group is working to provide Utah-based activists with the resources they need to defeat Hatch, including polling, focus groups, online phone-banking, direct mail, door-hangers, and palm cards.

That total also included $7,762 in payments from the super PAC to the FreedomWorks Inc., the nonprofit for “staff and overhead.” The groups share office space and some staff.

Hecker declined to identify the group’s donors.

The affiliated FreedomWorks Inc. was formed in 2004 when Empower America merged with Citizens for a Sound Economy. Billionaire David Koch, an energy executive, political activist, and 1980 Libertarian Party vice presidential nominee, was chairman of Citizens for a Sound Economy and a co-founder.

A spokesman for Sen. Hatch did not respond to a request for comment by publish time.

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Trump needs to conduct these activities because the entire MSM media, excluding Fox, is campaigning against him 24/7/365.

Didn’t Monica’s boyfriend’s wife and various criminal enterprises outspend Trump by almost 2-1?

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Why wouldn’t he get an early start on fund raising? Hillary outspent him two-to-one in 2016. The Dem’s are the party of big money. The President knows this and is attempting to get a jump on it. Of course the Dem candidate will outspend him in 2020 so it’s only rational that he starts fund raising now.

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Oh brother. We just 8 years of the Campaigner – in – Chief. Where was this journalistic rectal thermometer then. Just another article about 2000 words too long that merely takes another slap at Trump for something he far from initiated.

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The big difference between Trump and all the rest is his refusing to accept funds from lobbyists, so they don’t have the White House access they are used to. These are the donors who buy the presidency and are as pixxed off that he won the election as are the media and the Dems. Lobbyists have never been shut out of the WH and Trump has told them he is not for sale.

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Trump needs to be impeached and tossed in prison. Then have the key thrown away so he will never be free. Then he can see how it feels not to have freedom.

Mark Sullivan
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Thank you for the usual insightful leftist low IQ Snowflake response.

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hes not imprisoning them hes sending them back to their country chill tf out

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WHY DONT YOU HAVE FREEDOM?

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First, something positive. I was happy to learn of empirical information in article. BUT, the article was so slanted against President Trump as to be deemed fake news (“Perhaps Trump just lied.” (Two different issues)). The article mentions that President Trump raised over $67 million, but ended 2018 with $19 million. President Trump spent over $40 million 2016 and 2017. President Trump conducted 57 political rallies. The article notes the hats and T-shirts sold, but NEVER MENTIONS THE INCREASE IN THE NUMBER OF REPUBLICAN SENATORS during a mid-term election that lost the House and the number of political rallies in… Read more »

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At least Trump is getting donations from willing donors. Fresh from his first election, Obama used billions of our children’s tax dollars to save thousands of union jobs in the car industry and bailed out the banks and many Wall Street businesses. This secured his source of reelection funds for his reelection four years later.

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