Dick Armey Dishes On FreedomWorks’ Deals With Beck & Limbaugh

Former chairman says group wasted money paying Beck $1 million last year for fundraising

“…Armey said he was told of the Beck arrangement when it first began, but that it would only cost the organization about $250,000 a year. “Once that was approved by the trustees, it then took on a life of its own, it got bigger than we understood it to be. All of a sudden it was we are paying Limbaugh as well as Beck.” FreedomWorks did not respond to repeated requests for comment.

“Beck has been reading on-air appeals for FreedomWorks since at least April 2010. In June of that year, Media Matters reported that the organization was using Beck’s endorsement to raise money. Politico highlighted the relationship as an example of a conservative group “paying hefty sponsorship fees to the popular talk show hosts” in exchange for “regular on-air plugs.” The FreedomWorks document leaked to Mother Jones states that their fundraising relationship with Limbaugh began in 2012….”

“…Armey also said the relationship with Beck expanded to include rallies that were co-sponsored by Beck and FreedomWorks, and included appearances by FreedomWorks President and CEO Matt Kibbe.

“…Armey said he objected to these events, dubbed FreePACs, because they often charged admission to FreedomWorks activists.

”  review of promotional information for the events found $20 was a standard donation requested at some of the locations, while a Dallas, TX, FreePAC last summer charged prices as high as $971.”

To read this entire article at Media Matters–and there’s a lot more to read, please click hereThey also provide a link to see the FreedomWorks Dec. 2012 Board Of Directors Meeting Documents, which you should review.