What’s Sean Hannity up to these days? According to Michael Calderone of The Huffington Post, the Fox News anchor is helping a Georgia-based group called the Tea Party Patriots amass a $1.5 million “money bomb” to mark the fifth anniversary of the right-wing Tea Party movement.
In a February 17 fundraising email to the Patriots’ email list, Hannity offers a “special message” to his “fellow patriots”:
The big-government politicians and consultants of both parties believe the Tea Party’s time has passed. They believe it no longer has the power, the enthusiasm, or the organizational muscle to fight their corruption and cronyism.
They are dead wrong.
So wrong, in fact, that right now, I am helping Tea Party Patriots shock the entire political world by raising $1.2 million in just ten days! Please make a generous contribution of $15, $25, $50, or whatever you can afford to Tea Party Patriots' 5 Years for Freedom $1.2 million-dollar money bomb.
(You can read the entire email here.)
After Calderone queried Fox and the Patriots about the anchor’s financial involvement—only to hear no response from either—Hannity noted on Fox’s Wednesday broadcast that the Patriots were a “partner” on his popular radio program, The Sean Hannity Show. Otherwise it’s unclear to what extent Hannity profits from lending his name to the Patriots’ fundraising pitches.
Hannity has never hid his reactionary-conservative leanings. But Fox News has publicly reprimanded the anchor for formally involving himself with the Tea Party movement. In 2010, the channel abruptly cancelled his appearance at a Tea Party rally in Ohio, and told the Los Angeles Times that the channel “never agreed to allow the Cincinnati Tea Party organizers to use Sean Hannity's television program to profit from broadcasting his show from the event.” (A year prior, an associate producer at Fox was taped trying to rally a crowd of Tea Party protestors.)
Hannity’s new pitch, on the other hand, suggests he’s unafraid of any potential consequences. In bold, underlined letters, he writes: “This historic ten-day fundraising drive will be the Tea Party’s very own ‘Shot Heard ’Round the World!’”
The anchor ends the missive with, “Thank you, and may God bless America and the Tea Party movement!”
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