Hostile Takeover: Did the GOP cronies infiltrate FreedomWorks in the lead up to the 2012 election?

Just weeks before the 2012 election, Glenn announced on his radio program that he had learned of  “the biggest news story is going on,” but he chose not to divulge the information in order to maintain peace ahead of the election. But because of the corruption we have witnessed over the last several weeks, Glenn decided it was time to divulge the story on tonight’s Glenn Beck Program.

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Around this time last year, the establishment GOP tried desperately to take the wind out of the sails of the conservative and libertarian movement, by going after FreedomWorks. Glenn received a phone call from Matt Kibbe right after he had been forcibly removed from his office by armed guards. GOP operatives had influence within the FreedomWorks ranks and, once Kibbe had returned to FreedomWorks, it took several months to rid the organization of their power.

FreedomWorks has now reestablished itself as free and independent, but we are now witnessing a similar situation unfolding with in the Republican Party. The GOP does not like the fact that people can have a voice and gain power without them. As Glenn reported yesterday, Karl Rove and his allies basically promised some of the most powerful and influential people on the right that they would run a centrist/progressive Republican in the 2012 election, and Rove threw FreedomWorks under the bus throughout the election for making Mitt Romney be too far right. We quickly learned that the ‘Chicago Way’ of cronyism and corruption wasn’t just a tactic of the left.

So what is the answer? If you look at the growing star power of guys like Senators Ted Cruz (R-TX), Mike Lee (R-UT), and Rand Paul (R-KY), there is hope. Some may argue for the advent of a third party, but tonight, Glenn argued that is we don’t need a third party, we need to broom the dead wood.

  • http://www.artinphoenix.com/gallery/grimm snowleopard (cat folk gallery)

    Simple answer; yes.

  • Anonymous

    I have said that the Establishment’s GOP has infiltrated many of the T-Party organizations as they became popular! They came in to help them get influence with the GOP, but in fact many became neutered debating clubs and a fund raising tool for the Establishment’s GOP! Be very wary of the seditious Neocon GOP!

  • Anonymous

    In the 2012 election, the Tea Party Express backed sixteen candidates for the senate. Only four of those won.
    That’s a winning percentage of 25%. 

    However on the House side, the Tea Party backed 83 candidates in gerrymandered districts, and 67 of those won. That’s a winning percentage of over 80 percent. (Nationwide, the GOP/Tea Party lost the popular vote for the House by over a million votes, so you can see why gerrymandering is so vital.)

  • Anonymous

    There’s only one minor detail.  I would hope that you knew that there is no such thing as “the Tea Party.”  There is a Tea Party philosophy to which many people subscribe.  People across the country form organizations which they call “Tea Party” groups without necessarily having any affiliation with any other Tea Party group.  There are a number of different networks which reflect the overarching philosophy without sharing goals or views on strategy/tactics.

    If I recall correctly, the Tea Party Express was only one such network.  I don’t remember the details, but I do seem to recall that the TPE was not well regarded by the more grass-roots groups – a certain amount of resentment about the extent to which the TPE was very heavily financed (cross-country bus campaigns and humongous media presence) along with the concomitant fears of co-optation .  That could well be why (very well funded) TPE support for many Senatorial candidates went so poorly.

    With all due respect, you’re comparing apples to kumquats.

  • Anonymous

    Yeah, the Tea Party was annexed by the GOP, and while that move gave both entities a short term boost it’s certainly killing them both now. 
    I can remember when the Tea Party first sprouted up. Back then, it truly was a grass roots movement. It wasn’t something started by Beck or Limbaugh or the  Kochs–all those jumped on the bandwagon AFTER the fact—it was truly started BY THE PEOPLE! And the Tea Party used to say they welcomed everyone. They actually used to BRAG about having democrats in their ranks!

    And then, in less than two years, the movement was hijacked. All of a sudden Fox News becomes their propaganda arm… and their backed by billionaires… and their “every-guy” spokesmen was replaced by spokespeople like Palin and Hannity and Bachman and Beck…
    And that was the beginning of the end. Because when you have those people on your side—you have picked a side. And that was something the Tea Party should’ve never done. 
    The Tea Party wins big in 2010…and we see an immediate flurry of…anti-abortion bills!? What?! The Tea Party was never supposed to be about that! Yet that’s what happens when you get into bed with the neocon establishment. 

    Historically, though, the Tea Party thing is still a fascinating moment. Because guys like Beck and Rush can claim MILLIONS of followers…and Fox News can brag about being the biggest cable news network on the planet…and the Koch brothers have been throwing their billions around for years…
    but NONE of them can claim to have started the Tea Party. The Tea Party came from a few “nobodies”, who had neither fame, nor wealth, nor power. But for a brief moment those “nobodies” rocked the political world! 

  • Anonymous

    Were you there Glenn?  Do you know what you’re talking about?  Or, are you just responding as you are told because you are paid millions by freedomworks?

  • Anonymous

    Really, the Tea Party is a way for a group of closeted and slef loathing perverts to suck on each other’s genitals wall preaching hatred and ignorance. They are the bastard children, conceived of many years of twisted mindfucking by Limbaugh and the like

  • paulwbrown

     What a classless act you are–an epitome of hatred while falsely accusing others of hatred.

  • paulwbrown

    My electronic contribution will soon be on its way to FreedomWorks.

  • JennaStevens

    what Rosa said I’m shocked that someone can make $8750 in 4 weeks on the computer….ViewMore——————————————.qr.net/k0iQ  

  • ken.

    that’s what progressives do they infiltrate and either take over or destroy from the inside out. that’s how they gained so much power. unions, education, both parties, wall street, grass roots movements from both sides, etc,….

  • Anonymous

    Fantastic! As usual, randypants has added a quality post to further contribute towards the enlightenment and greater good of all mankind!

    Because you can definitely group people to that level of accuracy, simply by their political ideology, if you are as powerful and incite-full as the illustrious randypants. One who definitely knows about ‘pot’ and ‘kettle’ when he himself is in no way an originator of such ‘hatred and ignorance’, as is quite evident by the quality of his posting history on this site…

    I applaud your truly intelligent responses, and look forward to reading more posts about this continual infatuation you have with male genitalia.

  • Noel Holden

    Agreed. 3rd Party candidates NEVER win! EVER!!! We need to clean the Republican house, and run principled candidates.

  • Noel Holden

    ??? I agree with Glenn that the ‘Establishment GOP’ must go! Don’t consider that arguable.

  • Noel Holden

    Well, this sounds like projection me. Let’s see: a group of people WHO WANT OUR NATION TO RETURN TO CONSTITUTIONAL ROOTS, AND YOU USE HOMOSEXUAL REFERENCES AGAINST THEM? WOW! It must suck to be you!

  • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IDFGELoC4zc Sam Fisher

    The GOP lost it’s back bone and soul. Instead of standing by the Constitution they stand behind the Obama creed of bullying people how stand for the Constitution they are not better than the Dems. Traitors all of them.

  • Babylonandon

    Karl Rove SO needs to be exterminated like the vermin he is.

  • paulwbrown

    I sent my contribution to FreedomWorks this morning. We need to balance just a bit the miniscule funding for true conservatives as opposed to the massive funding for establishment “conservatives” who I am finished with. Sounds like FreedomWorks is doing a commendable job.

  • Onepoint

     Oh how cute, someone from 4chan stopped by. Feel free to share again when you are not living off your parents allowance.

  • Anonymous

    This has been going on for some time. This is NOT a new organization/phenomenon or whatever you want to call it. I’ve contended for more than a decade that Democratic operatives have been operating within the Republican party perhaps as long as three decades or longer. I would name names, but you should be able to come up with a few on your own.

  • Anonymous

    i wish glenn had divulged this before the election. it might have helped.

  • Anonymous

    I somewhat agree, but the real truth is that both GOP and democrats are alike and corrupted to the gills. The roots are in Washington itself. It doesn’t matter whether republicans or democrats rule, the corruption gets deeper all the time. As long as the government holds NO accountability to their voters, this corruption will only get worse. The government is NOT working for the people, it only works for its own pockets. That is why America needs a new party, clean up the corruption and get back on track and value the Constitution which was written by the people for the people.

  • farm kid

    does dick army ring one’s memory? he left freedom works in a hurry. if one shakes dick’s hand count your digits after. I saw him at a rally in D C wow if you looked in Webster for slime dick’s picture is there.

  • Adam W Ruplinger

    This is nothing new. Glenn is revealing what those of us who truly pay attention have known for years. Progressives hijacked the GOP years ago. It would appear from what Glenn said here that as of last year, he is finally catching on. I washed my hands of the GOP back in 2008 when I started a personal in depth study of the Constitution and found out that nearly all the GOP do not follow it, with some of the worst being both President Bushes. Today I am a member of the Constitution Party and urge all who truly believe in freedom to search google and study the Constitution Party and consider throwing your support in with us.

  • farm kid

    your spelling is terrible. your language shows a lack of education. were you conceived when your mother had anal sex ?

  • Anonymous

    The fear of not being elected for standing up for the American people is a disgraceful way for our elected representatives to behave.  Everyone of them should be kicked to the curb.

  • PETER

    The Republican party knows that in order to shift the power back to the right, they need to appease the voters that currently fall to the left.  Only way to do that is move the bar to the left and balance power vertically.  Glenn Beck early on when he was on Fox showed a graph of this, and it still holds true today.  The Far Right sees little choice other than hostile negotiations like what we see today, and the Far Left feels invincible.  So, regardless where we stand, this country is headed left and there is absolutely nothing that can be done about it short of civil war.

    That is the cold hard truth, and that war may come sooner than later given the fact that we will lose our last stronghold very soon… the all mighty dollar as the worlds reserve currency.  When that happens, and it will, what we have now will seem like picnic by comparison.

  • Anonymous

    This news is the blade of a knife just breaking the icing on the cake as it cuts the remainder of the cake below on its way to the platter. WOW! I want you all to know what a positive thing this is for Conservatives. This news should restore your faith in the goodness that still exists, and Good will ALWAYS TRIUMPH over Evil. Until now, the Dem’s and the Republicans were all the same group… choose either, it didn’t matter for they pushed the same agenda. All the public ever got from our Govt was “theatrics” with all the banter, postulating, threats, etc… it has always been nothing but a “show” for the public to chime in on, only to jump in on one side or the other to defend the one or excoriate the other.  And that is for those of us who DO pay ATTENTION!. The rest of the population has remained CLUELESS battling their neighbors over who will win the next football game, (like that really matters in life or death) or playing with all their R.V toys from a society that has produced more luxuries, past time hobbies and affluence than any other Nation in the world. These people go about their daily lives oblivious to those in power who can take away their liberties and freedoms overnight with the stroke of a pen (Hello Obama) and still they will vote him in for a second term cause they didn’t take the time to see the damage he did during his first 4 years. THESE ARE AMERICA”S PROBLEM! The rest of us paying attention, signing petitions, writing our representatives, being POLITICALLY ACTIVE cannot make up for the IGNORANCE of the other half of the Population.  So… if you know some Obama Supporter, or someone who is OBLIVIOUS to the daily going-on’s of our Govt, please take the time (and especially “Patience” to EDUCATE them as to the facts of govt politics. We don’t need another presidential election to go south because too many were too stupid and threw away their vote only to “follow after the Beast”.  Never the less, WE ARE MAKING A HUGE WAKE IN OUR PATH TO RESTORE OUR COUNTRY! BE A PART OF IT BY GETTING INVOLVED. THIS TRULY IS HISTORY IN THE MAKING!

  • dmprisk

    Glenn Beck can’t be bought, unlike YOU Sapface!

  • trumain

    I wish this had a YouTube connection so that I could share this, ads and all over social media.

  • Anonymous

    Glenn, I take issue with your inference that Mitt Romney is some how a part of this black opps, undercover, GOP conspiracy you speak of. The main thing all the extremist would admit they had against him was his health care program that created an individual mandate, which wasn’t even his idea. It was the HERITAGE FOUNDATION, though they later decided that it wasn’t a good idea to have the mandate. Now if you hated him for not being original and coming up with it himself then as silly and petty as it may be to hate him, you could at least justify your position with logic. And was it really the GOP that won him the primary or was it all the people you nut jobs ran as his “alternative” as you guys put it.

    McCain-Love the guy, but he probably cheated on his wife.
    Perry- Duhhhhhh What was that department Im going to shut down…
    Paul- Love your son, but I haven’t heard him go off on rants that we should leave Iran to their own nuclear devices.
    Newt- Great at media bashing, but not good for anything else. Obama wasn’t going to debate him in the style debates he wanted, and admitted that was the only way he was going to be able to win.
    Santorum- All he did was complain about not having enough money to run a campaign, didn’t have many if any significant positions different from Romney, and had an economic plan that wasn’t based in reality.

    All of them ran on their ideas and got their chance and people voted.

  • Jim

    He’s not giving the name of the leader of the coup. I’m curious who it was.

  • Anonymous

    Thanks for the refresher course. I don’t think you and I disagree at all except that I am not sure that Beck, Hannity, Palin, Fox, and Limbaugh are corruptocrats in the way that the Koch brothers and some others may be or even opportunistic leeches glomming onto the Tea Party’s goodies for some inflated stats and renewed relevance, though I do see your point about how the “every-guy” spox made it clearer who the Tea Party was and that was not beholden to the powers-that-be. I don’t think that the future is without hope for the Tea Party. I just don’t know what that future would look like.

  • Anonymous

    TEA Party BABY! Tea Party..no $ for RNC

  • mspatdev

    From what I have heard, read about the Tea Party is they want less government. There groups are Republicans, Democrats, etc. Honor the Constitution, Amendments and the Articles. When they have had a lot of people gathered in D.C., there were whites, blacks, browns, etc. They all want the USA to be free and to keep there freedom. They don’t want a lot of bullies in government. Do you? They don’t want a dictator in the w/h. 

  • Anonymous

     We need a third party. I’m old, I’m white, I’m tired of these RINO Progressives. I WILL NOT vote for another candidate that does not represent my views. I’m tired of voting for the lessor of two evils.

  • Anonymous

    I am so thankful that finally someone in Washington is voicing my thoughts.  Most of the problems in Washington can be ascribed to TERM LIMITS.  America doesn’t need career politicians that are so consumed with relection that they forget they are in office in the first place to serve the people. Pressure to win party support for relection causes representatives to make decisions contrary to America and her citizens best interests.  No one should spend more than 12 years in office.  My last House Representative spent almost 40 years in office.  He rarely spent time in his home state and when he did he was surrounded by loyal supporters so their “yes man” still was in the bubble. Besides how many 80 year olds really know what’s going on?  Obama doesn’t even know what really going on from personal knowledge since he relies totally on people like Valerie Jarrett to teel him what to say and what to do.

  • Anonymous

    Some time ago, I remember seeing Dick Armey on one cable pundit program or another, and thinking either FreedomWorks is just another in a long line of GOP front groups or that they were being infiltrated. At no time did I believe that Armey had any kind of come to Jesus moment.

    Armey is the Luca Brasi of the GOP.

    In case some of you were too young or not paying attention back in 1995, Armey was the guy who infiltrated an attempted takeover of the republican caucus in the HoR, led by Bill Paxon,  after Gingrich caved on the budget battle and partial federal shutdown of that time.

    BTW, anyone heard from Bill Paxon or his wife Susan Molinari (who was also a member of congress back in 1995) lately?…Didn’t think so.

    This is the kind of below-the-belt hardball politics you can expect from the ruling class GOP neocon establishment, if you’re serious about limited government and adhering to constitutional principles.

    Let’s hope and pray that the people running FreedomWorks have taken to heart the lesson from this moment of nearly fatal naïveté.

  • Anonymous

     More than likely it was Dick Armey.

  • Jim

    Yep! I did my own research and was not at all surprised! I didn’t know he had joined Freedom Works. I would have been watching him from day one!

  • greywolfrs

    We have a third party, we are called Libertarians.

  • greywolfrs

    No thanks, I’ll remain a Libertarian.

  • greywolfrs

    That is debatable. Who would you have voted for if he did? Romney was already the GOP nominee.

  • greywolfrs

    Three decades? Look up where the Neocon movement came from and when. It is longer than three decades.

  • greywolfrs

    All it takes is enough people to vote for them or you could continue to vote for the “lesser of two evils.” We can all see how that has worked out.

  • greywolfrs

    Why not donate to individuals whom you like, rather than let FreedomWorks decide who you agree with?

  • greywolfrs

    You are laughable. The GOP lost by a million votes? You do realize that is LESS than 1%, right? I didn’t think so.

  • Anonymous

    Being an Independent, I always check out both
    parties.  I won’t for any democrats next election and
    if the Republicans nominate Chris Christie, I will not
    vote for him.  Enough bullying and Christ Christie is a
    bully.  I just can’t see him trying to bring peace with
    other countries and he likes taxpayer money.

  • Anonymous

    Re: your last sentence Noel.  He would if he could.

  • Anonymous

    Totally agree with you, granny, on term limits.  Two terms and out—for at least 6 years,

    when another 2 terms and that ends that service for that person.  No more time in DC.

  • Anonymous

     As was said in my post, the moment I saw Armey’s name attached to FreedomWorks I smelled spook $***.

    Guys need to be more vigilant of the company you keep.

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  • REVERE

    IT WAS DICK ARMEY AND HE DEMANDED 8 MILLION DOLARS TO LEAVE!! RINO SCUM WHO TRIED TO DESTROY THE TEA PARTY FROM WITHIN