“Join the movement.”

Remember that?  It was the rallying cry of “Tea Party” candidate Nikki Haley in the 2010 South Carolina gubernatorial election.  What happened to Haley?  Um, yeah … safe to say she’s not Tea Party anymore, having fully embraced the “Republican” establishment.

But what of the Tea Party movement that Haley rode to victory?

According to a new report from ProPublica , another Tea Party organization – Move America Forward – is being exposed as nothing but a scam led by a Washington insider.

“An examination of its fundraising appeals, tax records and other documents shows that Move America Forward has repeatedly misled donors and inflated its charitable accomplishments, while funneling millions of dollars in revenue to the men behind the group and their political consulting firms,” the report states.

The group even lied about helping U.S. service members.

Sound familiar?

This is the same sort of report we’ve heard regarding the Tea Party Express, another national group associated with Sal Russo – a “Republican” consultant who has made millions of dollars off of the gullibility of “conservatives.”

Earlier this year, The Daily Caller  ran an expose on the Tea Party Express in which it was revealed that the organization and another Tea Party group, the Tea Party Patriots, spent “more than 80 percent of the money they raised in 2013 not on the causes and candidates that they say it is their mission to support, but on operating expenditures, like paying consultants, companies who produce mailing materials and renting mailing lists.”

Sheesh …

We’ve been sour on the Tea Party for some time.  Not necessarily the people who flocked to its banner, but the politicians who exploited their gullibility and the operatives who are picking their pockets.

A true limited government movement needs leaders committed to advancing ideas and candidates, not their own financial interests.