Tea Party Express

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Tea Party Express is 501(c)(4) organization operating out of Sacramento, CA. The "Tea Party Express" began as a public relations blitz in 2009 via a cross-country caravan of buses and cars making 35 stops for rallies featured on conservative media.

This 2009 tour was only one of several other national tours involving the Tea Party Express and other organizations. See also Americans For Prosperity's Hot Air Balloon Tour[1]; Americans For Prosperity's Patients First Bus Tour[2]; and the American Energy Alliance's American Energy Express.[3]

Since 2009, the Tea Party Express has organized, "eight national bus tours and several regional tours that hosted over 400 rallies," according to the group's webpage.[4]

Koch Wiki

The Koch brothers -- David and Charles -- are the right-wing billionaire co-owners of Koch Industries. As two of the richest people in the world, they are key funders of the right-wing infrastructure, including the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC) and the State Policy Network (SPN). In SourceWatch, key articles on the Kochs include: Koch Brothers, Koch Industries, Americans for Prosperity, American Encore, and Freedom Partners.

The Tea Party Express Unfolds

  • August 28th, 2009, bus tour begins with fanfare in Sacramento, California.[10]

The State Tea Party Express

The State Tea Party Express is an extension of the Tea Party Express that is focused on state issues. According to the State Tea Party Express' website, state level activity has primarily been focused in Wisconsin. In 2011, the State Tea Party Express supported Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker in the recall election. The website's "History" section describes their efforts in the recall election campaign:

"[The] State Tea Party Express, after calls from Tea Party activists across the nation, entered the battle by hosting a statewide bus tour with nine rallies. Our efforts were successful, but it did not come easy. At many rallies we faced intimidation and heckles from hundreds of union protestors."[11]

Additionally, "In March of 2011, State Tea Party Express launched a television campaign that focused on the Wisconsin Supreme Court Race between Justice David Prosser and JoAnne Kloppenburg." The State Tea Party Express boasted, "Judge David Prosser held onto his seat after a escaping a narrow victory, proving that the State Tea Party Express’ involvement during this race was pivotal.[11]

Freedom Partners, a business league with close ties to the Koch Brothers, contributed $600,000 to the State Tea Party express in the 2011-2012 fiscal year.[12]

Tour Partners Logos on website homepage

On its website, the Tea Party Express lists its "tour partners" as comprising:[13]

Contact details

Website: http://www.teapartyexpress.org

Mailing Address:

Tea Party Express
8795 Folsom Boulevard, Suite 103:
Sacramento, CA 95826-3720


State Tea Party Express
8795 Folsom Boulevard, Suite 103
Sacramento, CA 95826-3720



Articles and resources

Related SourceWatch articles


  1. "AFP Takes Its Hot Air Balloon Tour Out West to Expose the Hidden Energy Tax Hike in Cap-and-Trade Legislation", Media Release, August 2009.
  2. "Events", Americans for Prosperity website, accessed September 2009.
  3. Mark Svenvold, "The dirtiest bus tour in America attacks cap and trade bill", Daily Finance, August 28, 2009.
  4. 4.0 4.1 The Tea Party Express, Home Page, Official Website of the Tea Party Express, accessed October 18, 2013.
  5. Brian Beutler, "August Recess: A Breakdown Of The Health Care Fight Ahead", Talking Points Memo, August 3, 2009
  6. "Obama health plans revive tea parties", Washington Times, August 11, 2009.
  7. "Fox News hosts birther Mark Williams to promote "how you can join" anti-Dem Tea Party Express", Media Matters of America, August 19, 2009.
  8. Thomas Segel, "From Tea Parties to The 912 Project, Americans Are Challenging The Government", Wilson County News, Auust 21, 2009
  9. "Fox News "hops" aboard Tea Party Express with rampant promotions, live coverage", Media Matters of America, August 28, 2009.
  10. Michael B. Farrell,"‘Tea party’ in California, including a dump truck brigade", Christian Science Monitor, August 28, 2009.
  11. 11.0 11.1 State Tea Party Express, ["http://www.stateteapartyexpress.org/history History], Official website, accessed October 18,2013.
  12. Mike Allen and Jim Vandehei, The Koch Brothers Secret Bank, Politico, September 11, 2013.
  13. "Tea Party Express", Tea Party Express website, accessed September 2009.

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