On the floor of the U.S. Senate on Friday, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D.-Nev.) said that “a very wealthy group of people” are backing the Tea Party in what Reid described as an “effort to destroy our government.”

“A bad day for government is a good day for the anarchists among us, those who believe in no—I repeat, no—government. That is their belief,” Reid said. “The modern-day anarchists known as the Tea Party, they believe in no government. And they are backed by a very wealthy group of people who finance this effort to destroy our government.”