The Bozeman Chronicle reported this week that a new national TEA Party astroturf group funded by the Koch brothers is starting up in Bozeman, just in time for the 2013 legislative session.
The group is called “American Majority in Montana.” It’s a part of the national TEA Party group out of Virginia called “American Majority.”
Jeremy Carpenter is the group’s local contact. He said the goal is to build up the TEA Party base “by teaching people how to be candidates, run campaigns, get out the vote or be activists.” The group will be working to put TEA partiers not just in the legislature and statewide offices, but in local offices like school boards, County Commissions, and City Councils.
As the Chronicle reports:
According to an Oct. 5, 2009, Dallas News article, American Majority co-founder Drew Ryun said 75 percent of the group’s funding comes from the Sam Adams Alliance, a tea party organization with connections to the Koch brothers, much like Americans for Prosperity.
Bozeman is already home to two TEA Party groups – Americans for Prosperity, run by former GOP legislator Joe Balyeat, and something called the “Political Economy Research Center” which is some kind of right-wing “think tank.”