RACINE — The Racine TEA Party has formed its own political action committee in order to publicly support conservative candidates and raise money for future TEA Party rallies including an upcoming rally scheduled for June 2.
In the past the Racine TEA (Taxed Enough Already) Party, a group that supports conservative issues, would partner with other organizations including Americans for Prosperity for events, but it was not its own registered organization, said Lora Halberstadt, one of the Racine TEA Party founders and treasurer of the new PAC.
But with federal and state campaign finance laws, Halberstadt said the group was limited in what it could do such as raising and spending money to support candidates.
If a group wants to raise and spend $25 or more to support or oppose candidates that group needs to register with the Government Accountability Board, according to GAB spokesman Reid Magney.
Halberstadt said the PAC formed earlier this month is just beginning to collect funds to be used for its upcoming June 2 TEA Party rally.
At this point, there are no plans to give money directly to any particular candidate or to run ads for any particular candidate, Halberstadt said.
But Halberstadt said “We want people to know who the conservatives (are) out there to vote for.”
Before people would go to her or others and ask, for instance, who the conservative running in the school board election was and she wouldn’t feel comfortable saying. Now she said she will feel more comfortable publicly telling people without worrying about breaking any campaign laws.
The upcoming TEA Party rally
The June 2 TEA Party rally is three days before the Gov. Scott Walker recall election, “the day that Wisconsin voters can finally put an end to the State of Chaos brought on by Democrats, unions and other assorted liberal groups opposed to the hard choices it took to balance the Wisconsin budget,” a Racine TEA Party press release stated.
The rally is scheduled for 10 a.m. to noon. But the location has not yet been finalized.
The event is scheduled to feature Tony Katz of the All Patriots Media Network; Vicki McKenna, a conservative Wisconsin talk show host; Jenn Stefano, a Pennsylvania Tea Party activist and Fox News contributor; state Sen. Van Wanggaard, R-Racine; and Nashville recording artist Krista Branch.
Invited guests also include CNN contributor Dana Loesch, Lt Gov. Rebecca Kleefisch, U.S. Rep. Paul Ryan, R-Wis., and several other big surprise guests.