Anti-Tax Tea Party Co-Founder: Owed IRS Half A Million Dollars
October 9, 2009
(ChattahBox)— In another blow to the false narrative advanced by Tea Party operatives and Fox News that the movement is a “grassroots” uprising of ordinary Americans. A co-founder of the national anti-tax Tea Party Patriots movement, failed to disclose during her numerous media interviews and TV appearances that she and her husband filed for bankruptcy and owed the IRS half a million dollars.
Additionally, Tea Party co-founder Jenny Beth Martin has been described, as a “former paid Republican consultant,” but it’s not clear that her paid work as a GOP operative has ceased.
Jenny Beth Martin and her husband Lee of Woodstock, Georgia, have been portraying themselves to the media, as just everyday Americans fed up with taxes. Martin and her husband Lee admitted that they experienced financial difficulties due to a failed business and lost their home in the process.
In an April appearance on Fox and Friends, Jenny Beth Martin said: “We’ve been hit by the financial crisis and the recession, and we are like everyday Americans. We don’t want our neighbors paying for our mortgage. We don’t want excessive taxes, and we want fiscal responsibility with our tax dollars.”
The Tea Party co-founder also said she and her husband became inspired by CNBC’s Rick Santelli’s on air rant.
“Well, when we first heard [CNBC on-air editor] Rick Santelli’s rant back in February, we were going in between houses that we were cleaning, and we had just lost our house, and we — he — it really spoke to us, because we felt like we would rather be cleaning our neighbors’ houses than our neighbors paying for a mortgage we could no longer afford. And so, we decided we wanted to be involved in this movement, and that’s how we got involved, said Jenny Beth.
However, the Martins failed to disclose that they filed for bankruptcy and owed the IRS half a million dollars, as they made numerous TV appearances protesting taxes. According to TPMmuckraker:
“The couple’s bankruptcy filing, made in August 2008 to the US Bankruptcy Court for Georgia’s Northern District, stated that Martin and her husband Lee Martin, of Woodstock, Georgia, owed the IRS $510,000, after making a payment of $16,640 that June. The couple also owed just over $71,000 to Ford Motor Credit, the automaker’s financing arm.”
Jenny Beth denied that her experiences with the IRS and her family’s bankruptcy led her to oppose federal taxation. She said taxes for roads and national defense are legitimate exercises of government. And she said welfare programs “serve a purpose.”
During an interview published in USA Today, Jenny Beth Martin described Tea Party protestors, as hard working people who don’t want “their” money going to people who don’t deserve it.
“It’s not your hippie protesters,” she says. “It’s people who are working hard for their families and they don’t want their money taken away from them to be given to people who aren’t working hard.”
USA Today also described Jenny Beth Martin, as “a former paid consultant for local Republican candidates,” but her blog indicates she is still working as a paid GOP consultant.
“In 2008, I began getting paid for my political consulting services for the first time. From 1992 until July 2007, I volunteered my time and services. It was nice to earn money for something I love to do so much,” says Jenny Beth Martin on her blog.
Watch the Martins’ Appearance on Fox and Friends: