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.
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