ActBlue, a non-profit political committee who describes themselves as "the online clearinghouse for Democratic action," has waged war on a group of Republican legislators who they label "the Tea Party Ten" via their own "CREDO" SuperPAC. The "Take Down the Tea Party Ten" campaign is aiming to collect donations to help take down 10 members of Congress, naming the frist six Monday; Reps. Sean Duffy (R-Wis.), Steve King (R-Iowa), Allen West (R-Fla), Joe Walsh (R-Ill.), Frank Guinta (R-N.H.), and Chip Cravaack (R-Minn.) The CREDO fundraising page at ActBlue.com reads:
"These Tea Party extremists in Congress have spent the last year attacking women, science and the very notion of equality under the law.
Their racist, sexist, anti-science, hypocritical, corrupt and downright crazy actions and beliefs make them unfit to serve in Congress.
We need your help to take them down."
"We're talking about some of the most odious members of Congress. Even for Republicans these guys are low," said Campaign Manager Matthew "Mudcat" Arnold in a statement. "We're going to empower local activists to organize their friends and neighbors to lay out the truth about their representatives in the most basic terms: They are anti-woman. They are anti-science. They are hypocritical, bigoted, and have said and done things that are downright crazy. They've done more to embarrass their constituents then they have to govern or work toward solutions. They are unfit for congress, and we're going to help their constituents hold them accountable."
The SuperPAC plans to open field offices in the congressional districts of each target. According to the statement, CREDO will spend an estimated $3 million to target the Tea Party Republicans with grassroots organizing by progressive activists both online and in the field. It has raised about $160,000 so far.
"We're taking the traditional SuperPAC model and turning it on its head - to put power back in the hands of the people, instead of consolidating it in the hands of corporate executives and the ultra-wealthy." Becky Bond, president of the CREDO SuperPAC, said in the press release. "Where Karl Rove and the Koch brothers can use shady money from a few hidden donors to fund a barrage of TV attack ads, this SuperPAC will empower local voters and our list of 2.5 million activists to build a grassroots campaign that is as hard hitting as it is progressive. Using innovative tactics, technology, and good, old fashioned grassroots organizing, we're going to kick some Tea Party congressmen out of office."
At the SuperPac's webpage, the group provides short explanations for their opposition to each of the six Republicans targeted thus far. Amongst harsh rhetoric towards all six Congressmen, the SuperPac labels Rep. Steve King a "Paranoid Bigot," Rep. Chip Cravaack "The Hypocrite's Hypocrite," and Rep. Allen West "Beyond Crazy."