Wellstone Action Warns Of Tea Party

A campaign-training organization founded in memory of the late U.S. Sen. Paul Wellstone says it needs money to fight the emerging conservative-libertarian Tea Party movement.

"The rise of the Tea Party has already begun to change the political landscape," wrote Jeff Blodgett, a long-time Wellstone advisor and leader of Wellstone Action. "They are credited with engineering victories in several key races, and they are lining up behind ultra-conservative candidates that are clearly out of step with the views of most Americans."

Blodgett used the Tea Party strength to seek financial support for his St. Paul-based organization. It has trained more than 35,000 activists, almost exclusively Democrats, to run campaigns and be involved in shaping public policy.