I recently wrote about Dick Armey’s armed coup and the ensuing counter-coup at the Tea Party-aligned organzation FreedomWorks (I follow these assholes so you don’t have to). The really ridiculous thing was that Dick Armey, age 72, has been paid $400,000 per year to go away–so the poor fella won’t ever have to work again (such a paltry sum too…). Well, it appears the Elmer Gantry-ifcation of the conservative movement rumbles on, with this week’s installment featuring noted conservative con artist Glenn Beck:
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.”
…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.
It’s one thing for a political talk show host to plug products (“When my buttcrack gets chafed, I reach for Silver Bond Powder”). But if you’re endorsing a political organization and not disclosing this to your listeners, you’re deceiving them.
Which is, of course, how charlatans like Glenn Beck and Limbaugh make their money.
If the effects of conservative policies weren’t so pernicious, I would feel bad for rank-and-file conservatives who are nothing more than marks.