Open Thread: Tea Party Group Aims to Punish Pro-Obama Corporations

FreedomWorks, the Tea Party group run by former House GOP leader Dick Armey, is weighing a campaign to boycott businesses that actively supported key parts of the Obama agenda. Those companies include mammoths like General Electric and Johnson & Johnson, U.S. News reports:

In an exclusive review for Whispers of their plan, FreedomWorks president Matt Kibbe says: "Tea Party activists are willing to tackle progressive CEOs just as they tackled progressive politicians. Judging by the results of the midterm elections, progressive CEOs should buckle up, because Tea Party activists are going to give them a very bumpy ride."

His project partner, Tom Borelli, director of the National Center for Public Policy Research's Free Enterprise Project, added: "Big businesses are now on notice that there is a measurable business risk for actively supporting the Obama, Reid, and Pelosi progressive public policy agenda."

Their initial focus will be on consumer firms that lobbied for passage of Obama's agenda items that helped their firms. "We are going after the rent-seeking corporations feeding at the public trough," said FreedomWorks' spokesman Adam Brandon.

Any thoughts on this strategy? Is it wise? Will it be effective? Will it be enough?

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