December 5, 2010; Source: American Thinker | Author of “Confessions of a Black Conservative,” Lloyd Marcus describes himself on his website as a spokesperson of the Tea Party Movement and Tea Party Express, a “Proud Unhyphenated American,” and the president of the National Association for the Advancement of Conservative People of All Colors.
The NAACPC appears to be a nonprofit, with a dot.org domain, but it doesn’t appear on GuideStar or in Publication 78 of the Internal Revenue Service, and Marcus doesn’t show up by name on GuideStar’s people search function as an officer or board member of any listed nonprofit. Regardless, he seems to be well recognized by conservative luminaries such as Michelle Malkin (who wrote the forward to “Confessions”), Glenn Beck, and others, and he gets published in recognized conservative magazines such as the American Thinker.
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Marcus appears exercised about Kim Kardashian being named one of the 10 most fascinating individuals in the U.S., so he offers his own alternative list of “Most Fascinating Tea Party Individuals/Groups of the Year.” With something of a nonprofit lens on his list, we note a few: Number seven is the “Tea Are The World” conservative musicians who recorded the song, “Taking Back America,” for a CD with benefits for AmericasMightyWarriors.org; number six is “Brother” Glenn Beck who has “repealed the ban of positive talk about god in the public square;” and at number one, the Tea Party Express, the political action committee that Marcus considers “the undisputed ‘troops on the ground’ voice of ‘We The People.'”
Of course Marcus honors the pantheon of Tea Party stars such as Sharron Angle, Sarah Palin, and Rush Limbaugh, the latter for being willing to stand up for Delaware’s Christine O’Donnell when most establishment Republicans ran the other way. To the extent that the NAACPC and the Tea Are The World groups are legitimate tax exempt organizations—even if not 501(c)(3) public charities or even 501(c)(4) social welfare organizations—they exemplify the variety of smaller organizations that have developed as elements of the Tea Party movement infrastructure along with national groups such as the Tea Party Express, the Tea Party Patriots, and FreedomWorks.—Rick Cohen