A judge has ordered Tea Party Nation to pay a six-figure hotel bill for a large number of rooms he booked for a tea party rally, which he later cancelled when the event failed to draw enough attendees.
Tea Party Nation is a corporation created by Judson Phillips.
The Venetian Las Vegas Casino Resort alleged that Tea Party Nation had reserved 1,637 rooms for the July 2010 event, and then cancelled the reservations just a few weeks before the scheduled date. The rooms were not paid for.
In a court order last month, which The Tennessean reported Thursday, a judge ruled that Tea Party Nation owed the resort $748,000, including the $554,000 hotel bill and $194,300 in accrued interest.