By: Todd Cefaratti
As Executive Director the nonprofit 501(c)(4) organization TheTeaParty.net, I head a national recruiting and communication engine for the Tea Party movement, one that brings 10,000 new members into the movement every week. My organization has as its singular aim bringing the power of the government back to those in whom the framers the constitution placed faith in: the citizens of the United States of America.
Many Americans view the Tea Party as a single, unified movement under one organization’s control. This is in fact far from the case, with the Tea Party existing as a grassroots network encompassing an assortment of diverse organizations with a common goal. The independent groups fighting to restore liberty in the U.S. before it is too late number in the thousands, and this is the strength of the movement. The Tea Party is truly a reflection of the wishes of the American people, with members connecting on local levels to make a difference. Our nation has reached an impasse, and it is imperative that we stand up and make a difference, ensuring that our grandchildren and great-grandchildren inherit a nation as great as it once was. Our core principles consist of limited federal government, free markets, personal responsibility, individual freedoms, and returning the balance of political power back to the states and citizens.
TheTeaParty.net’s mission is unique in that we seek to recruit like-minded Americans who may not necessarily have been active in politics before Tea Party involvement. Donations to TheTeaParty.net fund a number of initiatives and causes, including the Campaign to Defeat Obama, the Patriot Act Network, the Wounded Warrior Project, and the Contract from America. TheTeaParty.net also sponsors live events and rallies, advocating actively for Tea Party principles on Capitol Hill through direct contact with legislators.