piece titled, "Flushing Your Money Down the Tea Party’s Toilet." Money quote:
From the “best of the worst” to the “worst of the worst” – here are
the amounts received and then spent on operations (like administrative
costs, consultants, fundraising, online expenses, professional fees and
travel); here too are the amounts contributed either directly
(contributions) or indirectly (independent expenditures) to candidates,
for the five organizations.
Also shown are the (paltry) sums spent by each organization on
candidates and campaigns; bear in mind the (alleged) focus for these
groups in the 2014 cycle is on regaining a GOP senate majority.
Most donor money is spent on raising more donor money, period.
And that's the charitable way of reading it.
Another way to interpret this chart is (my emphasis):
Today’s political grifters are a lot like the grifters of old—lining
their pockets with the hard-earned money of working men and women by
promising things in return that they know they can’t deliver.
That's the conclusion drawn by Steve LaTourette, a former Republican Congressman. He wrote a piece in Politico a few weeks ago, "The Grifting Wing vs. The Governing Wing" in which he argued:
grifting is a lucrative business. Groups like the Club for Growth,
FreedomWorks and the Tea Party Patriots are run by men and women who
have made millions by playing on the fears and anger about the
dysfunction in Washington. My former House colleague Chris Chocola is
pocketing a half-million dollars a year heading the Club for Growth;
same for Matt Kibbe heading up FreedomWorks (and I don’t think Kibbe’s
salary includes the infamous craft beer bar that FreedomWorks donors
ended up paying for). The Tea Party Patriots pay their head, Jenny Beth
Martin, almost as much. These people have lined their pockets by
promising that if you send them money, they will send men and women to
Washington who can “fix it.” Of course, in the ultimate con, the always
extreme and often amateurish candidates these groups back either end up
losing to Democrats or they come to Washington and actually make the
process even more dysfunctional.