I hope you're sitting down because it turns out that the largest, most visible Tea Party organizations are scams that contribute almost nothing to candidates they claim to support. Like any shitty scam-charity, the money these groups raise goes mostly to paying massive salaries to the organizations' higher ups and their shiftless family members. They have larger ghost payrolls than that Korean ferry company.
In any case the relationship between the Tea Party cognoscenti and the rubes they bleed for donations is summed up in a great line from a great song: A bold plan drawn up by assholes to screw morons. News at 11.