The Washington Post reports today that FreedomWorks, a leading member of the right-wing ballot measure industry here in Oregon, earns its money through some pretty disgusting methods.
The method revealed today in the Post goes like this. FreedomWorks has a business scheme with Medical Savings Insurance Company. The insurance company goes out and gets people to sign up for its policies. Unbeknownst to those new members, insurance is not the only thing they're signing up for: the contract siphons their name and money off to FreedomWorks. Neither the insurance company nor FreedomWorks ever tells the people what they're truly funding or what's happening to their personal information.
FreedomWorks gets three things out of the once-secret scheme: money in the form of regular "dues", names to add to its membership database, and more money when it rents out its database to other organizations and businesses. The insurance company doesn't necessarily get anything out of the deal, but that's no problem because the head of the company, J. Patrick Rooney, is an ultraconservative who is just happy to support FreedomWorks.
So beware the next time you buy insurance - you may be funding the extreme right-wing here in Oregon without even knowing it.