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Dick Armey leaves Tea Party group

Will get $8m in consulting fees

WASHINGTON — Eased out with an $8 million payout provided by an influential Republican fund-raiser, former GOP House majority leader Dick Armey says he has left the conservative Tea Party group FreedomWorks because of an internal split over the group’s future direction.

A confidential contract obtained by the Associated Press shows that Armey agreed in September to resign from his role as chairman of Washington-based FreedomWorks in ­exchange for $8 million in consulting fees paid in annual $400,000 installments. Dated Sept. 24, the contract specifies that Armey would resign his ­position at both FreedomWorks and its sister organization, the FreedomWorks Foundation, by the end of November.

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