Jenny Beth Martin said about 90 percent of the Tea Party Patriots voted in favor of establishing a super PAC, saying they felt “inhibited” by not being able to get more involved in races. More than 80 percent voted for the organization to make endorsements, she said.
Tea Party Patriots is getting its own Super PAC.
Since bursting onto the political scene in 2009, the national grassroots coalition has organized rallies against President Barack Obama’s health care law, promoted tea party issues and helped local tea party groups. But it has never meddled in specific races.
But that’s changing now, as Tea Party Patriots looks to stay relevant and make its mark on the elections in 2014 and 2016. The coordinators of the organization voted at the end of last year to establish a federal super PAC, the Tea Party Patriots Citizens Fund.
“I think this is a natural evolution for our organization,” Jenny Beth Martin, one of the founders of the organization, said in a phone interview with The Daily Caller on Monday.
Martin says the plan is for the super PAC to get involved in federal races, including House, Senate and “potentially [presidential] in four years.”
Organizers are still still figuring out how they will decide whom to endorse, Martin said, though she emphasized that “it will be with the consent of local coordinators in the area affected.”