Dems raising money off RNC's "fear" presentation

Organizing for America tells supporters not to let "lowest form of politics derail the progress we've made"

Published March 5, 2010 11:10PM (EST)

Democrats have been hitting their GOP opponents pretty hard over an embarrassing Republican National Committee fundraising presentation that Politico revealed earlier this week. Now, they're turning it into their own fundraising pitch.

On Friday afternoon, Organizing for America, the Obama campaign arm within the Democratic National Committee, sent supporters a fundraising pitch based on the RNC's presentation. The e-mail, which went out under the name of OFA Director Mitch Stewart, ties the fight for healthcare reform to the presentation and tells Democrats, "Please give what you can to help us beat back the lies and deliver reform."

The full text of the e-mail; all emphases in the original:

This week, a confidential fundraising memo from the Republican National Committee leaked to the press, detailing a new, desperate effort to manipulate voters and crush health reform.

The plan calls for "an aggressive campaign capitalizing on 'fear' of President Barack Obama and a promise to 'save the country from trending toward socialism.'" What's worse, the presentation included offensive caricatures of Democratic leaders, including President Obama as the Joker from Batman.

So while President Obama was organizing a bipartisan meeting to discuss real solutions, and incorporating the best ideas into his proposal, right-wing political operatives and their special interest allies were preparing a campaign of fear and falsehoods to personally attack the President and deny Americans the care we need.

Enough. We cannot let the lowest form of politics derail the progress we've made for the American people. To counter their attacks, we'll need to take our message to the air and to doorsteps across the country -- and with a final vote on health reform expected in a matter of weeks, there's no time to lose.

Please donate $5 or more today to help us defeat the attacks and pass reform.

There's still hope that some independent-minded Republican members of Congress will embrace the President's bipartisan proposal. But there's no doubt that reform will face politically-motivated attacks and flat-out lies from those who put politics above an honest debate and the well-being of the American people.

In fact, next week, the lobbyist arm of the insurance industry is setting up headquarters at the Ritz-Carlton in D.C. to direct their own desperate blitz on Congress to block reform.

The final march for reform will be a pitched battle between entrenched special interests who profit from the status quo, and Americans -- of all parties -- who want control over their own health care.

This is an all-hands-on-deck moment, and everything we've fought for is on the line. Please give what you can to help us beat back the lies and deliver reform.

By Alex Koppelman

Alex Koppelman is a staff writer for Salon.

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