Two weeks ago, the Richmond Tea Party sent an invoice to the Richmond city government for their $8,500 in costs the organization incurred for permits, portable toilets, park fees, and police costs during Tea Party demonstrations at Kanawha Plaza in 2010 and 2011.
This was after the City of Richmond declined to require the OccupyRichmond protesters to have to undergo or fund the same level of permits, park fees, sanitation, and police costs for their demonstrations and encampment at the same location for over 2 weeks.
The Mayor not only allowed the Occupiers to break the law, but he visited them in the city-owned park. “Jones said that as a ‘child of civil rights’ and protests, he had allowed the group to remain in the park but understands his mayoral responsibility to uphold laws of the city,” reported the Richmond Times Dispatch.
Apparently his mayoral duties included preferential treatment for a group he sympathizes with ideologically at the expense of the taxpayers.
Not only has the leadership of the City refused to treat the Tea Party in the same manner as they treat the OccupyRichmond protesters, but the City's response to the Tea Party invoice was to initiate a retalitary tax audit of the Richmond Tea Party.
The double standard is a clear violation of the rights of the Richmond Tea Party and demonstrates the moral and ethical bankruptcy of the government of Richmond.
If the shoe was reversed, this would be one of the leading stories for the evening news for most of a week - but when it's a Democrat Mayor / City Government abusing their power and attacking the Tea Party, all we hear from the mainstream media is the sound of crickets chirping.