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:


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  3. NH on October 9th, 2009 7:23 pm

    This makes sense because many more of us will stop paying soon too.

    Especially if there is a VAT, Health, Energy and higher income taxes, all going to Obama’s overseas wealthy handlers for the world government.

    Many people I know have already stopped paying the illegal IRS.

    That’s what tea party is you fools.

  4. Zeitgeist on October 12th, 2009 2:10 pm

    Ah…see how this works?

    Conservatives owe taxes…it’s a HUGE DEAL….why they are criminals…how dare they not pay their taxes….

    Charlie rangle doesnt pay his taxes…..*shrug*

    Tim Geitner doesn pay his taxes…..*shrug*

    Dashle doesnt pay his taxes? ….. *shrug*

    Biden says paying taxes is patriotic…

    Get back to us when you bother to expose these un patriotic scofflaws…

  5. sportutegirl on October 12th, 2009 2:22 pm

    When a tax and spend democrat doesn’t pay taxes, that is hypocracy. When an anti tax protester doesn’t pay taxes, it is just practicing what he preaches, otherwise known as civil disobedence. I don’t agree with it, but at least you can’t say that he is a hypocrite.

  6. Catherine on October 12th, 2009 2:51 pm

    How does her owing money to the IRS make it a non “grassroots” movement?

    Your logic doesn’t work.

  7. joe on October 12th, 2009 4:11 pm


    So she owes taxes. Whats the matter, your welfare check didn’t come in fast enough?

    When you got your Bush tax break, DID YOU SEND IT BACK?

  8. KansasGirl on October 12th, 2009 4:36 pm

    What does this have to do with me? I still think the same, I will not be silenced. Also, at least she wasn’t getting government funds, like ACORN. Be dilgent folks, the state run media is firing both barrels at middle America.

  9. Dennis on November 8th, 2009 8:57 pm

    ChattahBox is just a ChattahCathy – a whole bunch of nonsense talk. Remember those Chatty Cathy dolls??

  10. chris on November 20th, 2010 1:16 pm

    the logic works, you cant run your mouth talking about “i’ve been taxed enough already” when you don’t pay your fuggin taxes. you don’t support the country, the troops, infrastructure. grow up, and pay your taxes you ignorant morons. it doesn’t matter, the IRS will get its money one way or the other, you blow them off, you are just waiting for the day when they come to ruin your life. what i think is stupid is that she claims the hardships of parenthood of her two twins, when her and her husband screw around with the grassroots (paid for) movement. um, how about GET A JOB, support your children, or the govt will have to do it for you. these are the type of people that are all tea party, except when it comes to them. they are probably living off the govt dime right now, while paying no taxes, awesome. genuine people there.

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