MyTeaParty.org was founded in 2010 by Scott W. Graves (@ScottWGraves) and is tailored for grassroots activists on the political Right. The site does not pretend to offer “objective journalism” or original content. It is simply a news aggregation website in the spirit of sites like the DrudgeReport. Content is curated with the interests of its core audience in mind: those who embrace the conservative and libertarian values of limited government, fiscal responsibility, and individual liberty. Importantly, it tries to avoid the gimmicks, spam, link bait headlines, and aggressive marketing that has become common among well-known tea party charlatans. If you don’t like the content, don’t visit the site. If you do, we welcome your support via link sharing, social media, and word of mouth.
Scott began his online activism in early 2006 as the co-founder of Partisan Media Group, publisher of Red County magazine and RedCounty.com. Offered as “Grassroots Politics from the Center-Right,” the effort resulted in the launch of more than 30 conservative blog communities, with 444 editorial contributors, and 27 editors. Scott has also supported the movement via The Liberty Lab, his software development firm focused on web-based solutions and emerging media consulting. His passion is working with clients who are deeply involved in various aspects of the free-market think tank community, political activism, and campaigns. Such clients include: Newt 2012, FreedomWorks, Tea Party Debt Commission, Richard Nixon Presidential Library, Contract from America, State Policy Network, and many more.
Tracking the Pulse of the Tea Party Movement
Our first effort at straw polls yielded tremendous results. The 2012 Tea Party Presidential Poll was a web application designed and developed by the The Liberty Lab (www.thelibertylab.com), a California-based software development firm focused on custom online development and emerging media consulting for free-market think tanks and clients in the center-right political arena. The polling platform was a huge success.
Developed in the wake of an historic election, the poll was inspired by the success of websites like Facebook and FlickChart that have each contributed to our understanding of crowdsourced community ranking systems. The result was a robust online polling tool that combines the fun of online gaming, the passion of tea party politics, the interactivity of social media, and the insights made possible by large data samples and sound methodology. We think you’ll agree, the results of our efforts are compelling.
The 2012 Tea Party Presidential Poll was an innovative polling tool that tallied more that 6.2 million votes and offered more than just an indicator of tea party sentiment. By presenting users with dozens (or even hundreds) of matchup combinations and implementing a methodology that decreases the “gaming” influence of well-organized campaigns, the poll provided a deeper understanding of candidate preferences within the grassroots activist community.