The Tea Party Patriots took in $12.2 million last year, according to figures released Wednesday, making the group one of the most successful conservative activist organizations in the U.S.
The showing puts the non-profit organization in the same company with FreedomWorks, the Club for Growth and Americans for Tax Reform, The Wall Street Journal reported.
The group released its fundraising figures through May 31, 2011, the paper said, the day after Tea Party favorite and Indiana state treasurer Richard Mourdock defeated long-serving U.S. Sen. Richard Lugar, 80, whom many considered a moderate Republican at best after 35 years in office.
The Tea Party Patriots’ fundraising figures lag, said the paper, and the political landscape has changed since last spring. But the group’s success demonstrate the enduring power of the tea party movement, which could even have grown since then.
Tea Party Patriots officials say they are focusing mostly on grass-roots-level organizing and education. They also said the group has raised even more money in 2012 but did not provide any figures, the paper said.
“The tea party movement continues to be the most influential force this election year,” co-founder Jenny Beth Martin said in a statement on Tuesday after Indiana’s result. “Sen. Lugar betrayed the principles of fiscal responsibility, constitutionally limited government and free markets that must be addressed this year or the American people will choose new leaders as happened today and in 2010.”
The June 5 Wisconsin gubernatorial recall election is the group’s next test, in which leaders hope to solidify earlier gains.
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