A new academic study by Dr. Stanton Glantz confirms that front groups with longstanding ties to the tobacco industry and the billionaire Koch brothers planned the formation of the Tea Party movement more than a decade before it exploded onto the U.S. political scene. Here's an article published at desmogblog.com: Study Confirms Tea Party Was Created by Big Tobacco and Billionaires.

The Tea Party was an anti-black, anti-Latino, anti-Muslim, and homophobic astroturf effort. if you belong to one of these "target" groups, you’re handing over money to people that hate you every time you buy a pack of cigarettes.