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Former House Majority Leader Dick Armey has resigned as chairman of the tea party group FreedomWorks in exchange for $8 million in consulting fees paid in annual $400,000 installments. The former Texas lawmaker also has left his position at its sister organization, FreedomWorks Foundation. (Associated Press)

Former House Majority Leader Dick Armey has resigned as chairman of the tea party group FreedomWorks in exchange for $8 million in consulting fees paid in annual $400,000 installments. The former Texas lawmaker also has left his position at its sister organization, FreedomWorks Foundation. (Associated Press)

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