Thursday, August 9, 2018

Tea Party Nation Founder Suspended

The Tennessee Supreme Court has suspended an attorney on a temporary basis based on a finding that he poses a substantial threat of public harm

Washington Post reported on other activities of the attorney

Phillips, a Nashville-area defense lawyer who specializes in drunk-driving cases, is credited with founding Tea Party Nation, the group that organized the tea party's first national convention but also sparked a backlash within the movement by organizing it as a for-profit venture that charged members high entry fees.

Other tea-party groups accused Phillips of trying to hijack the conservative grassroots movement for personal gain, saying the $549 entry fee to the Nashville convention and the estimated $100,000 speaking fee paid to its keynote speaker, former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin (R), was not in keeping with the group's grassroots character. Amid the controversy, several sponsors and speakers withdrew from the event.

The notice does not provide the factual basis of the order. (Mike Frisch)

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