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Rousers of the Rabble

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Illustration by Dan Goldman

From left: Bruce Rastetter, Iowa industrialist, helped start American Future Fund, which spent $6 million on anti-Dem attack ads this year; Rupert Murdoch’s News Corp. gives money to the GOP and employs Sarah Palin, Mike Huckabee, and Rick Santorum; David Koch, richest man in NYC,co-founded the Tea Party–allied Americans for Prosperity; Tim Phillips, president of Americans for Prosperity; Sarah Palin, Tea Party matriarch, doles out money and attention; Howard Kaloogian runs the anti-Obama pac Our Country Deserves Better, which is a Tea Party Express progenitor; Steve Forbes, FreedomWorks foundation board member, published recent Forbes cover story calling Obama anti-capitalist; Karl Rove advises pro–Tea Party groups American Crossroads and Crossroads GPS; Dick Armey ex–House Majority Leader, runs FreedomWorks, whose pac is spending $10 million to help Tea Party candidates. With backs to us: Richard Mellon Scaife, whose foundations gave $602,000 to FW and at least $1.6 million to the Heritage Foundation, which “fully supports” the Tea Party; Rick Santelli, CNBC commentator whose 2009 rant inspired the Tea Party; Thomas L. Rhodes, an ex–Goldman Sachs employee, chairs the Club for Growth, an anti-tax group that plans to spend $20 million to $30 million on the midterms; Sal Russo helped found the Tea Party Express. In window: George Soros spent millions supporting Democrats but won’t this year, saying it would be like “standing in the way of an avalanche.”

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