FreedomWorks Accidentally Attacks Its Chairman

July 07, 2009 9:53 am ET — Chris Harris

On July 4, 2009, FreedomWorks published a blog post attacking lobbyists, among other things, as "the antithesis of this nation's founding." FreedomWorks, of course, is chaired by Dick Armey... a lobbyist.

Biting The Hand That Feeds You

On July 4, 2009, FreedomWorks published a blog post titled "Happy Dependence Day" in which it wrote:

Do you work for AIG or GM? For Citigroup or the Department of Education? If so, then I wish you happy Dependence Day. Same if you work at a company which uses lobbyists to steer federal earmarks your way...or if you are that lobbyist.

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You are the antithesis of this nation's founding, the antidote to liberty and free markets, the source of the smiley-faced fascism which creeps further into our lives daily while the politicians you voted for saddle us and our children and grandchildren with unsustainable debt and perpetual dependency on government largess and the politicians who dispense it - which is to say you support the theft of one person's property to give to another person. [emphasis added]

You read that right.  On its blog, FreedomWorks called lobbyists, among other things, "the antithesis of this nation's founding." This statement isn't inherently scandalous, but considering its source, it is downright shocking.

Why?

Because FreedomWorks Chairman former House Majority Leader Dick Armey is currently a lobbyist with the high-powered D.C. lobbying firm DLA Piper.

Armey's clients include:

  • Alliant Energy Corporation
  • American Council of Life Insurers
  • American Financial Group
  • American Insurance Association
  • AIG
  • BP America
  • Bristol-Myers Squibb
  • China Chamber of Commerce
  • Clarendon Insurance Group
  • Constellation Energy Group
  • Dubai Group
  • DuPont Corporation
  • Edison Electric
  • Emirates Investment and Development
  • First Kuwaiti General Trading & Contracting Company
  • General Motors
  • Goldman Sachs & Co.
  • Irving Oil
  • Lehman Bros. Inc.
  • Merrill Lynch
  • Residential Loan Centers of America
  • TransGas Energy
  • Vitas Healthcare Corporation
  • Washington Group International
  • World Fuel Services Corporation

Next Independence Day, FreedomWorks blogger Rossputin should be more careful. I can't imagine publicly attacking the boss makes for a happy workplace. 

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