Frank Rich

Tea Bagging Billionaires

Frank Rich used his New York Times column space Saturday to highlight the billionaires behind the Tea Party movement. He opens with a note on the public face of the Tea Party with their most recent events, the protest of the mosque in New York last weekend and Glenn Beck's Restoring Honor event this weekend. One paragraph later Rich begins pulling back the curtain:

There’s just one element missing from these snapshots of America’s ostensibly spontaneous and leaderless populist uprising: the sugar daddies who are bankrolling it, and have been doing so since well before the “death panel” warm-up acts of last summer. Three heavy hitters rule. You’ve heard of one of them, Rupert Murdoch. The other two, the brothers David and Charles Koch, are even richer, with a combined wealth exceeded only by that of Bill Gates and Warren Buffett among Americans. But even those carrying the Kochs’ banner may not know who these brothers are.