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Congressional Candidate Uses Phony “Tea Party” Organization to Promote Candidacy

By Javier Manjarres

During trying economic times, it’s not unusual for desperate people to do desperate things in order to survive financially.  The same can be said about both aspiring politicians and entrenched ones when they feel desperate enough to misrepresent themselves and their campaigns to the electorate.

Republican Congressional candidate and businessman Ozzie de Faria is running in a contested primary to unseat Democrat Debbie Wasserman-Schultz in Florida with the help of  a highly suspicious Tea Party organization, the National Tea Party Alert dot com. The NTPA put out a fundraising press release to promote de Faria’s candidacy.  A virtual newbie to the political world, deFaria concedes that he has “seeded” his campaign before asking for a donation.

In late September, sources from established Tea Party groups told the Shark Tank that there was rumored to be a possible candidate, either a Democrat plant or Republican spoiler candidate that would enter the FL-20 race, specifically and strategically target the tea party/grassroots front runner in the race, Karen Harrington. Harrington faced Wasserman-Schultz in 2010 and garnered nearly 40% of the vote, running a bare-bones five month campaign.

The release starts off with,” Please read this special message from our friend, Ozzie deFaria for Congress,” before it lays into Wasserman-Schultz and her Obama agenda- a typical grassroots tea party style press release. Click here for deFaria’s press release.

The NTPA is highly suspected to be a Democrat front organization, or a phony tea party front group with no real organization at best. Unlike other legitimate ‘Tea Party’ organizations who have officers, directors, and are openly registered with their respective states, the NTPA is not a nationally registered 501c3 or 501c4. After searching through a slew of databases, it can be reported that the NTPA does not exist. If we are wrong, please send us documentation proving otherwise.

A domain search of shows that the domain was recently registered (4/14/2011) as a ‘domain by proxy,”  meaning that the owners want to keep their contact and registration information secret.  Aren’t all  legitimate ‘Tea Party’ organizations all about transparency?

Administrative Contact: Link here
Private, Registration
Domains by Proxy, Inc.
15111 N. Hayden Rd., Ste 160, PMB 353
Scottsdale, Arizona 85260
United States
(480) 624-2599 Fax — (480) 624-2598

An additional Google search combined and help from other tea party activists around the country have brought to light some very interesting tidbits about the NTPA.

First, it appears that the NTPA site has committed the ‘cardinal sin’ against the Tea Party by having once attacked former Alaska Governor Sarah Palin.  The site is linked to the ‘Trig Truther’ website according to a few sources. But upon scouring the site, the link must have scrubbed clean, a clever move on their part.

Secondly, we found another post that was not-so-rosy sounding that referencedSarah Palin. NTPA linked  and posted an excerpt from the very leftist publication The Week.  Click here to read the Free Republic post

Is Sarah Palin “Undefeated”?

Former Alaska Governor, bestselling author, Fox News contributor and Tea Party darling Sarah Palin has long been rumored to be an unannounced candidate for the 2012 Republican presidential nomination. While her presumed opponents travel the country and cozy up to voters in Iowa and New Hampshire, it appears that Governor Palin has chosen a slightly different medium to make her announcement:
A documentary.
With the help of conservative filmmaker Stephen K. Bannon, Palin’s documentary, “The Undefeated” will premiere this coming June and is presumed to be the opening salvo for an expected 2012 race for the GOP nomination. As The First Post” reports:
The misleadingly titled film – as a 2008 vice-presidential candidate, Palin lost to Obama – tells the story of her rise from “a young pregnant wife married to a blue-collar husband” to governor of Alaska – and it’s an epic two-hour damage-limitation exercise.
The film uses rare photos and footage to give a behind the scenes look at the controversial former governor, including footage from her announcement for Wasilla mayor, shot in her living room. The initial plan for the film is to premiere it in Iowa late next month before expanding the release to New Hampshire, South Carolina, and Nevada. After the initial rollout in the four early voting states, Bannon will eventually release it to somewhere between 50 and 100 markets nationwide.
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 I’ve been involved with the TEA Party since its inception and this, my friends, is not the TEA Party; this is a group pretending to be affiliated with the TEA party in order to sell a product. Click here

So what gives here?  Unfortunately, it appears that Ozzie deFaria is trying to co-opt the essence of the tea party by misrepresenting his candidacy as a Tea Party backed campaign by enabling phony sites like NTPA to message the grassroots and under the guise of a phony “tea party” organization for political expediency.


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Javier Manjarres
Javier Manjarres

As the managing editor of The Shark Tank, Javier was awarded the 2011 CPAC Blogger of the Year. Countless videos and articles from the Shark Tank have been featured on Fox News, The Hill, Wall Street Journal, and other national news publications. Javier has also appeared on Univision’s “Al Punto” and numerous radio shows, including being the weekly 92.5 Fox News' DayBreak with Drew Steele political contributor, as well as one of NewsmaxTV's conservative commentators. Javier has also authored "BROWN PEOPLE," which is a book about Hispanic Politics. Learn more at

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  • SJ

    Maybe Shark Tank should check out his other credintials as well… A hint…education. It is all about transparency!

  • Mike

    This guy is nothing than another rich type who needs to fuel his ego. what a phony.

  • George Blumel

    Don’t know this candidate but if a voter in his district I would judge him as any other candidate on his record in politics or business or his life accomplishments plus his positions on the issues. If he set up a phony tea party site capitalizing on the good name of tea party activists that is negative for him as the article implies.

    I take issue with the comment “…legitimate ‘Tea Party’ organizations who have officers, directors, and are openly registered with their respective states,…” Tea parties are gatherings of concerned citizens who are “Taxed Enough Already” and who don’t have to be registered anywhere. That some are more formalized is not a bad thing but they don’t need to be –and none were at the most effective beginning of the parties. One of attributes of the tea parties is their spontanaity and lack of structure and financial support –it was a truly felt outpouring of concerned citizens to counter the awful path the professional politicians and ideologues like Obama have put our country on.

  • Matt Avery

    Oooh… interesting. has taken down their website.

    “This domain has recently been listed in the marketplace at”

  • Patriot Fran

    Hey Ozzie,
    Quit the race now before you make more of an a## of yourself. Do not try to be a member of a Tea Party organization to win points with constituents of District 20. I reside in that district and would not vote for you.
    Let’s get these fake candidates out of this race and get behind the one candidate who has a fighting chance at defeating DWS in November. My pick is Karen Harrington.
    I hope that DC Works and Karen Hoffman learned their lesson from the last election. Stand behind the right person this time,and not for your own personal agenda. If DC Works would have been behind Karen Harrington in the general election instead of acting like spoiled children because their beloved Robert Lowry lost, maybe Karen Harrington would have beat DWS in 2010.
    Let’s all get real here and really stand for this country and pledge to get this country back in the right diirection.

    • Chadwick

      Karin Hoffmaan is such an idiot. She thinks she is connected, but she is not. Does anyone know about her secretly audio-taping former RNC Chairman Michael Steel?

      Tea party folk despise her.

  • Joe

    DeFaria was in a car crash that killed some poor woman last year,it was his fault. How about the domestic violence case in 2007? How about the pending lawsuits?

    DWS is going to beat all of these Repukican candidates

    • howardfrombroward

      so be it, but another ass-kicking is on the way in 2012, just like in 2010. we the patriotic people are sick of your endless lies and corruption. mayonaise hair dws will be out of power as we begin to reclaim the nation for our children and grandchildren–you blew it by your thuggery. hopefully, eric holder gets serious prison time.

  • howardfrombroward

    defaria should ask the “stolen valor” medal of honor, special forces, seal team, army rangers, usmc recon, etc, POSERS the consequences of being exposed as masqueraders by the real deal–it ain’t pretty when the hammer of truth comes down on a faker wannabe, but it is justice.

  • District 20 Voter

    This guy Ozzie de Faria is a LIBERAL DEMOCRAT PLANT! WATCH OUT!

  • Paul In Orlando

    It just burns my a** when I see politicians do this type crap!If this jerk comes even close to my property, I’ll punch him right in the nose. You are already telling us you are a crook by doing crap like this.

    GIVE IT UP OZZIE, WE GOT YOUR NUMBER AND YOU ARE A FRAUD! To think the people are that stupid is an insult to us all. We already don’t trust our government, this is just another reason why. Damn loser.

  • Liz

    When desperation sets in and see the writing on the wall Democrats would even sell their own mothers out.

  • R. Kinkead

    Thanks to SHARK-TANK for enlightening us.

    Lantana, FL

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