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History of TheTeaParty.net
TheTeaParty.net is a division of Stop This Insanity Inc. and is a national non-profit 501 (c)(4) organization created in 2009 for the education and advancement of the constitutional conservative values of the Tea Party movement. This organization was created to help give the power of government back to the people.
We believe, like many of you, that our government has grown out-of-control in a death spiral of unsustainable and barely imaginable trillion-dollar deficits and a national debt rivaling Gross Domestic Product. This government has ignored the Constitution that defines us; invaded the liberty from which our nation was born; and daily drains away the individuality and entrepreneurial spirit of Americans in order to advance a radical, socialist policy built on the back of American taxpayers. We—like many of you—decided to stand up and do something about it.
The Mission of TheTeaParty.net
First, let us explain what the Tea Party movement actually is. There is no single national "TEA PARTY" organization, so do not let anyone tell you otherwise. This is a truly grassroots Movement embracing many issues and many names—TEA, Patriot, Liberty, Conservative. There are several thousand, completely independent groups across the Nation fighting in their own way to restore our America before it is too late.
Like many of you, we decided to stand up so our children inherit as great a nation as we did—not a socialist paradise crippled by debt. Like many of you, we looked at what we could do, and do well, to make a difference. With so many already in the fight across the nation, we decided to find ways to connect individuals and organizations, to share the message, and, above all, to bring more Americans into this Movement. That is what TheTeaParty.net is about—bringing our shared message to as many Americans as possible, giving them the tools to get involved, and connecting them to others locally to make a difference.
Our mission is to recruit like-minded Americans to the Tea Party movement in order to advance the principles of limited government, fiscal restraint, and individual liberty at all levels of government through promotion and education.
The Tea Party movement is a grassroots movement of millions of like-minded Americans from all backgrounds and political parties. Tea Party members share similar core principles supporting the United States Constitution as the Founders intended, such as:
As a movement, the Tea Party is not a political party nor is looking to form a third political party any time soon. The Tea Party movement is, instead, about reforming all political parties and government so that the core principles of our Founding Fathers become, once again, the foundation upon which America stands.
What TheTeaParty.net Donations Are Used For
Donations are used to advance the Tea Party movement in the following ways:
A graduate of the University of California Los Angeles (UCLA), the University of California Irvine (UCI) and (HBS) Harvard Business School Executive Program. Todd Cefaratti holds degrees in economics, marketing and digital marketing. Todd is one of the top internet marketing experts in his field. Todd is also the founder of the nonprofit organization TheTeaParty.net which began in 2009 at the height of the Tea Party movement and today is recognized as one of the top national Tea Party organizations in the movement. The organization is still growing at over a 1000 new patriots every day and going strong with over 600,000 loyal active members. Todd is also the CEO of a major marketing consulting and fundraising organization. In his spare time, Todd is active with his wife and two daughters in their Christian church and Christian school that both daughters attend.
Dustin Stockton is a well-known conservative activist. In 2009 he founded the Western Representation PAC, which under his leadership has become one of the largest and fastest growing conservative action groups in the country. As event coordinator and associate member of the Tea Party Express and Western Representation PAC, he played a leading role in the historic conservative victories in 2010. At just 28 Dustin has already become a highly sought media personality, speaker, and activist. He resides in Austin, Texas.
Rick Hill started his career in the IT business after serving as a Naval Intelligence Specialist in the U.S. Navy. In 1981, he started working with large and small computer companies up until 1991 when he started Freelance Computer Services, a technology-based small business. Rick has been instrumental in creating and maintaining TheTeaParty.net main website plus free Tea Party tools for other Tea Party organizations. He is further using his technical expertise to help build and brand websites for numerous Tea Party start-up groups across the country. A motorcycle enthusiast and passionate Tea Partier, Rick also started a website for motorcycle riders, www.TeaPartyRiders.com
Treasurer / Human Resources
Ron Dove is a graduate of the University of Arizona with a Bachelor's Degree in General Business and a Master's Degree in Secondary Education. Prior to Ron's position as TheTeaParty.net's Treasurer and Human Resource Director, Ron was the Operations Manager for multiple retail stores for 18 years encompassing all aspects of business.
Jennifer Burke became politically active for the first time at the “Porkulus” Tea Party in Seattle in February 2009. She was a speaker at the Seattle Tax Day Tea Party at Westlake Center on April 15, 2010, was featured in a popular Tea Party video, “Proud to be a Teabagger”, that has gone viral on YouTube and many top conservative blogs, and was a speaker at the WA 4 WI rally in support of Scott Walker.. She has also been a contributor on the popular conservative website Red County and has assisted with social networking training through the Evergreen Freedom Foundation.
She was the Grassroots Coordinator for the Washington State Chapter of Americans for Prosperity and was a member of the second graduating class of the Jennifer Dunn Leadership Institute (JDLI). The JDLI program is an invitational only program which seeks to identify, recruit, and develop future leaders from throughout Washington who are committed to principled, effective governance that is sustainable over the long term. She is excited to use her skills and strengths with TheTeaParty.net in supporting the grassroots groups as we continue the fight for freedom.
A 12 year teaching veteran, Jennifer is originally from Houston, Texas. During her tenure, she taught Math, History and Speech Communications to 5th – 8th graders. A graduate of Texas A&M University with a degree in Psychology and teacher certification through the University of St. Thomas in Houston, she moved to Redmond in 2005 and relocated to Phoenix, AZ with her husband Matthew in 2012. She has 3 step-children (ages 23, 20, and 17) and 3 mixed breed dogs adopted from shelters.
Corporate Officer and Secretary
Jennifer is a retired English teacher and received her BA in English Education from the University of Arizona and her Masters also in English Education from Arizona State University. Jennifer is married with two girls Paige and Chloe and lives in Gilbert Arizona. Jennifer is also very active in her Lutheran Church and her daughters Christian school where she volunteers for both regularly.
Roger is a small business owner and retired firefighter after a 31 year career. Growing up in rural Nevada, he learned the value of hard work early in life. He held his first full time summer job at age 12 pumping gas at a Texaco station. At the age of 20 he became the youngest person ever to be certified as a paramedic in Nevada. As an employer, he understands the burdens placed on job creators by over reaching bureaucracies and the challenges business owners face every day.
Roger and his wife Colleen have been married for 30 years have three sons and four grandchildren. His desire for them to have the opportunity to grow up in the same America as he did was the motivation for him to join the fight to take our country back.
In 2009 he co-founded Western Representation PAC with his son Dustin which has become one of the leading fiscal conservative committees in the nation. Roger is an accomplished writer and speaker and has written columns for several newspapers and magazines.
Kris has been an Administrative Assistant in the Automotive, Financial and Nonprofit industry for over 15 years. Demonstrating Kris' commitment to family values, she has been married for over 25 years to her husband Tony and is the proud mother of twins Stacy and Shelby and the proud grandmother of Jaden. Born and raised in the Midwest in a small town has helped shape her love of her country and the American people. Since joining the nonprofit organization TheTeaParty.net, Kris believes she has found where she belongs for both her career and also to help protect the American values she treasures so much. "As an American, mother and grandmother I couldn't have found a better match for me personally in the Tea Party movement and with everyone here at TheTeaParty.net" says Kris.
Dan Backer, Esq.DB
DB Capitol Strategies PLLC provides legal, strategic & operational guidance to political organizations with a focus on PAC treasury and FEC reporting and compliance through its principal attorney, Dan Backer. Mr. Backer holds a Bachelors in Political Science from the University of Massachusetts Amherst, a JD from George Mason University School of Law, and a Masters Certificate in PAC Management from George Washington University. In 2009, Mr. Backer earned the Professional Lobbying Certification (PLC) from the American League of Lobbyists.
Mr. Backer is admitted to practice law in Virginia and Washington DC, and before the U.S. District Courts for the Eastern & Western Districts of Virginia and Washington, DC. Most recently, Mr. Backer was lead counsel in the groundbreaking Carey v FEC case, which won the right for all non-connected grassroots PACs to engage in both candidate contribution activity from amount and source restricted funds and Independent Expenditure activity from unlimited contributions from any individual, corporation, or union.
Mr. Backer has previously served as a legal policy analyst & subject matter expert in military and overseas voting for the Department of Defenses' Federal Voting Assistance Program (FVAP). Mr. Backer has extensive experience with public policy & advocacy programs, grassroots organizations, and Political Action Committees, and is Treasurer, Assistant Treasurer, or Counsel to numerous PACs.
Over the last ten years, Scottie Nell Hughes, has become a source of expertise in the talk radio media. Having started at the very beginning as the executive producer of the Steve Gill Show here in Nashville, TN, Scottie Nell used her early years in radio to learn every element of a successful talk radio program. She has organized broadcasts from the 2004 Republican and 2004 Democrat National Conventions (for which she was awarded a Nashville Air Award in 2005), The 2004 New Hampshire Primary, as well as the White House and the Pentagon and she was assigned to the White House Press Corps for Inauguration 2005. She also was in the first group of radio talk show hosts sent by the Department of Defense to travel to the frontlines of Operation Enduring Freedom in Iraq and Kuwait as well as the detention facilities at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba.
An active member in her community, Scottie is also a member in the GFWC Woman’s Club of Hendersonville where she was just recently awarded Outstanding Club Woman of the Year, as well was the Chair of the Community Improvement Project which was name 4th best out of 45 entrees across the United States. She has served as Vice President of Communication for the Young Professional Republicans of Sumner County, is serving a second appointed term to the Board of Beautiful Hendersonville, an active member of First United Methodist Church of Hendersonville and is the director of public relations for the Leadership Sumner program. Scottie has currently started writing a monthly column for the Hendersonville Standard and Gallatin Newspaper reflecting on her adventures around the community as well. Most recently, Scottie Nell coordinated the volunteers for the flood relief effort in Hendersonville and was named Citizen of the Year for the City of Hendersonville in 2011.
Scottie Nell is married to Chris Hughes, a homebuilder and Sumner County Commissioner and has two young children Houston (5 years) and Alexandria Lynn (4 years).
Kim Dove is the Fulfillment Manager and organizer of merchandise that is shipped to our contributors. Kim brings 30 years of experience in organization, eye on detail and shipping information. Prior to working for theteaparty.net, Kim worked directly with the Chairperson and President of a major art distributing company. Kim is a graduate of 2 Vocational-Technical Schools. She holds degrees in Welding & Welding Inspection and Quality Control. She also earned the status of Master Floral Designer and worked in the floral industry for 21 years. Having attended vocational-technical schools, owned a small business, and has been working since she was 14 years old, Kim is proud to be the Fulfillment Manager for TheTeaParty.net. The political values that Kim holds are the same that her parents had when she was being raised. Work hard, contribute to the fabric of America and be proud to be a huge part of it!
TheTeaParty.net only currently uses approximately 30% of contributions received on items that would be considered "administrative." That includes staff compensation, office space, office supplies, etc. Approximately 70% of the donations are used to recruit thousands of people to the Tea Party movement each week, provide them free tools to get involvement, provide Tea Party event and group information, daily newsletters, live events and much more.
As a 501 (c)(4) non-profit organization, donations are not limited by the amount and can be received from private individuals and businesses.