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Al Gerhart, co-founder of the Sooner Tea Party and founder of Oklahoma Constitutional Alliance, poses in the showroom of his business, The Carpenter Shop, in Oklahoma City. Gerhart has been charged Tuesday, April 9, 2013 with blackmail and violation of the computer crime act over an email he allegedly sent to a state senator. An affidavit says Gerhart sent an email to state Sen. Cliff Branan of Oklahoma City concerning a bill pending in a committee that Branan chairs. The affidavit says the email threatened to make Branan "the laughing stock of the Senate" if the bill was not heard. (AP Photo/Bill Waugh, File)