FreedomWorks, the top-tier Tea Party organizing group run by former House Majority Leader Dick Armey (R-TX), is gearing up for a very busy 2010.
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The group sent out an e-mail yesterday to its list, "The Freedom Movement: A Historic 2009 Gives Way To A Busy 2010," promising an increased range of activities in the big election year of 2010. There will be sustained activism against the Democrats' health care bill, an April 15 Tax Day Tea Party at the White House itself, and electoral activity by the FreedomWorks PAC.
FreedomWorks spokesman Adam Brandon told me that the PAC will enable the organization to get directly involved in elections, instead of the issue advocacy to which they've been limited. In addition, it will help activists in one state point their money and energies to targeted Democrats in other states, such as Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) or Sen. Chris Dodd (D-CT), and help out favored Senate candidates like former Rep. Pat Toomey (R-PA) and former state House Speaker Marco Rubio (R-FL).
What's more, FreedomWorks will help to mobilize a national grassroots effort that has been just taking shape this year. Tea Party groups have sprung up in large numbers; some have merged, some have died away, and the movement has gone through a process of formation, which will need to have a more orderly makeup going into a national election.