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GOP donors pay to bus protesters to cities to demand governors ease coronavirus restrictions: report - 2020-04-24

F358.png GOP donors pay to bus protesters to cities to demand governors ease coronavirus restrictions: report April 24, 2020, Igor Derysh, Salon

A number of Trump-allied groups, including Tea Party Patriots and FreedomWorks, law firms with ties to Trump and state-based conservative groups are paying to organize the protests and even bring in individuals from outside of the cities where demonstrations take place, according to The New York Times.

"As was the case with the Tea Party movement, established national groups that generally align with the Republican Party have sought to fuel the protests, harnessing their energy in a manner that can increase their profiles and build their membership base and donor rolls," the outlet reported.

FreedomWorks, for example, is paying most of its 40 employees to organize the protests, and it is considering investments in digital ads to boost turnout, according to the report.

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{{cite news | first = Igor | last = Derysh | title = GOP donors pay to bus protesters to cities to demand governors ease coronavirus restrictions: report | url = https://www.salon.com/2020/04/24/gop-donors-pay-to-bus-protesters-to-cities-to-demand-governors-ease-coronavirus-restrictions-report/ | work = Salon | date = April 24, 2020 | accessdate = September 19, 2020 }}