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“This is it. By the end of today we must raise $59,037 more to reach our $1 million fundraising goal,” the Tea Party Patriots declared in a last-minute message to supporters Wednesday. And they made it, says Jenny Beth Martin, co-founder of the group.

The Patriots, the largest umbrella organization for the grass-roots movement, has been seeking small donations in the past nine days — a “money bomb” — as proof of their political prowess in uncertain times, and against certain foes.

“Both the big-government Republicans and Democrats are carefully watching our progress. They truly believe that only ‘professionals’ can make a difference in politics,” the Patriots noted in their appeal. “They don’t believe in grass roots. They don’t believe it’s possible for ‘ordinary’ Americans to raise $1 million in ten days. And they hate the tea party.”


• 52 percent of Americans say the sequester’s automatic spending cuts in military and nonmilitary programs are a “bad idea.”

• 21 percent say the cuts are a “good idea.”

• 50 percent say the cuts are “too severe” and will hurt the economy.

• 46 percent say the cuts are “not perfect,” but continued partisanship in Washington justifies “dramatic measures” to reduce the deficit.

• 39 percent say they favor a plan with more cuts; 37 percent favor fewer cuts.

• 14 percent approve of automatic cuts.

Source: A Wall Street Journal/NBC News survey of 1,000 U.S. adults conducted Feb. 21 to 24.

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