Despite calls to some Oxonians by someone saying that the Tea Party is soliciting funds, local Tea Party organizer Kay Cobb warns the community that the local political organization is not soliciting funds.
Those who get calls from an anonymous source asking for money on behalf of the Tea Party should be aware that the caller is not affiliated with the local organization.
“I received a call from UM professor emeritus of pharmacology, Dr. Henry B. Pace yesterday, saying that he had just received a telephone call from someone soliciting funds for the Tea Party,” Cobb said. “They apparently gave no name and didn’t mention where they were located. We, the Tea Party of Oxford, are not soliciting funds and would never do anonymous calls like that.”
Pace said he received a call from a female, who only gave her first name and said she was calling on behalf of the Tea Party.
“She asked questions about if I was going to vote on Tuesday,” Pace said. “Then she ended by saying to send money. I told her I wasn’t going to send money. I am sure other people have gotten that call also.”
Cobb said the national organization is likely making calls to people in cities that have Tea Parties, but the Oxford group is not affiliated with the national party.
“I do know from e-mails that I get incoming that there is a movement to try and have a national convention,” Cobb said. “Our group is not a part of that. We don’t think that is the way to go. It is just another party that way and that is what we are trying to get rid of.”
The local organization does occasionally raise funds, but not by calling people. The group is creating a fundraising committee for the future and these local representatives will clearly identify themselves when raising funds, Cobb said.
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