“A new academic study confirms that front groups with longstanding ties to the tobacco industry and the billionaire Koch brothers planned the formation of the Tea Party movement more than a decade before it exploded onto the U.S. political scene.Far from a genuine grassroots uprising, this astroturf effort was curated by wealthy industrialists years in advance. Many of the anti-science operatives who defended cigarettes are currently deploying their tobacco-inspired playbook internationally to evade accountability for the fossil fuel industry's role in driving climate disruption. The study, funded by the National Cancer Institute of the National Institute of Health, traces the roots of the Tea Party's anti-tax movement back to the early 1980s when tobacco companies began to invest in third party groups to fight excise taxes on cigarettes, as well as health studies finding a link between cancer and secondhand cigarette smoke.
Published in the peer-reviewed academic journal, Tobacco Control, the study is titled, ‘To quarterback behind the scenes, third party efforts': the tobacco industry and the Tea Party.”
Phi Beta Iota: There are two parties in power in the USA, that block the other six nationally-accredited parties (Constitution, Green, Libertarian, Natural Law, Reform, Socialist) from ballot access. There is a new party, the Justice Party, that is both legitimate and NOT nationally accredited. National accreditation matters because if Congress were to become honest all of a sudden, they have the power to mandate that ALL nationally accredited parties be including on ALL state ballots for FEDERAL offices, and also included in ALL debates related to any federal office. The Tea Party, Americans Elect, NO LABELS, the bus tour by former Comptroller General David Walker — these are all false flag politics.
Documentary: The Tobacco Conspiracy: Backrooms Deals of a Deadly Industry (free, loaded with quality content)