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Tea Party Tries to Sway GOP Platform

Evan Vucci/Associated Press
Republican National Committeeman James Bopp Jr. has reached out to tea party affiliate FreedomWorks to help it lobby for ideas to be included in the party’s national platform.

FreedomWorks plans to crowdsource ideas for its platform online and in a series of town hall meetings this summer, much like the group did with its “Tea Party Debt Commission,” a foil to the Congressional Joint Committee on Deficit Reduction, and its 2010 “Contract From America,” which called for a reduction in taxes, a balanced budget and reduced federal spending.

In the weeks before the convention, the group will lobby RNC members to include its ideas. The committee will release the first draft of the official platform one week before the convention, opening it up to amendments from subcommittees before final approval. Outside groups can offer their own proposals at any point in that process, but with thousands of interests vying for attention, only those with connections are likely to get a second look.

FreedomWorks pledges to fight elements in the platform draft that don’t jibe with tea party interests. The group will not comment on social issues.

Correction: June 13, 9:17 a.m.

An earlier version of this article gave an incorrect title for James Bopp Jr. He is currently the vice chairman of the Republican National Committee.

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