The List of Tea Party protests is a chronological list of Tea Party protests in 2009 that have been reported in reliable sources.


  • February 27 was the first day of protests named "Tea Party". According to a Republican activist interviewed by Fox News, there were 48 protests nationwide.[1]



  • April 15, In cities across the United States there were more than 750 Tea Parties where as many as half a million demonstrated against spending and bailouts.[2][3][4]




  • July 4
  • July 17


  • August 22, Anti-"Obamacare" protests dubbed "Recess Rallies" were held in front of at least 100 Congressional offices.[5]
  • August 28


See also the Tea Party Express section below.

  • September 1
  • September 7
  • September 9
  • September 12, Washington, D.C. - During the Taxpayer March on Washington, tens of thousands marched on the U.S. Capitol to protest out-of-control spending.[6] ABC, quoting the Washington DC Fire Department, estimated 60,000 to 70,000 protesters;[7] The Wall Street Journal quoted a spokesman for D.C. Fire and Emergency Medical Services as estimating the crowd at "in excess of 75,000".[8]
  • September 12 - other than Washington, DC
  • September 13



Tea Party ExpressEdit

The first Tea Party Express was a cross-country bus convoy planned to stop in 33 cities and ending with a rally September 12 in Washington, DC.[19] Its goal is to rally Americans "to oppose the out-of-control spending, higher taxes, bailouts, and growth in the size and power of government".[20] The focus is opposition to government-run health care.[21] A second tour began October 25, 2009 and is planned to stop in 38 cities, ending November 11, 2009. It "will highlight some of the worst offenders in Congress who have voted for higher spending, higher taxes, and government intervention in the lives of American families and businesses."[22]

A Sacramento-based GOP political consulting firm named Russo, Marsh, and Associates has been identified as the organization behind the Tea Party Express through political action committee Our Country Deserves Better (OCDB). A December 28, 2009 article in Talking Points Memo detailed that OCDB directed almost two thirds of all its funding to the Republican-affiliated political consulting firm that created the PAC in the first place. According to FEC filings, from July through November 2009, OCDB spent around $1.33 million, and of that sum, $857,122 went to Russo, Marsh, and Associates[23]

Tea Party Express IIEdit


  1. Judson Berger (April 9, 2009). "Modern-Day Tea Parties Give Taxpayers Chance to Scream for Better Representation". FOX News. Archived from the original on April 12, 2009. 
  2. Tax Day Is Met With Tea Parties. By Janie Lorber and Liz Robbins. The New York Times. Published April 15, 2009.
  3. Arguing the size of the "tea party" protest. By Patrik Jonsson. Christian Science Monitor. Published April 18, 2009. Accessed June 16, 2009.
  4. Nationwide 'tea party' protests blast spending, CNN, April 15, 2009
  5. Kimberly Kindy (August 23, 2009). "Tea Party Protest Organizers Target Health-Care Reform". Washington Post. 
  6. "Thousands march to US Capitol to protest spending". AP. September 12, 2009. 
  7. "Tea Party Protesters March on Washington". ABC. September 12, 2009. 
  8. "Protesters March on Washington". Wall Street Journal. September 12, 2009. 
  15. Shannan Bowen (October 17, 2009). "Groups rally at StarNews to protest media’s political coverage". Star News Online. 
  16. Heather Keels (October 17, 2009). "Protesters decry spending, taxes, control". Herald-Mail. 
  19. "'Tea Party Express' Takes Protests Cross-Country". NPR. August 30, 2009. Retrieved 2009-09-05. 
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  21. Ed Homick (August 28, 2009). "'Tea Party Express' trucks on with tour aimed at health care". CNN. Retrieved 2009-09-05. 
  22. About Tea Party Express II
  23. TalkingPointsMemo, December 29, 2009, "Majority Of Tea Party Group's Spending Went To GOP Firm That Created It,"

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