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RNC 'Fire Nancy Pelosi' moneybomb raises nearly $1.5 million

By Garance Franke-Ruta
The Republican National Committee has raised nearly $1.5 million since launching an online fundraising drive Sunday to oust House Speaker Nancy Pelosi from her leadership post by retaking the House of Representatives in midterm elections this fall.

The "Fire Pelosi" moneybomb -- the term of art for online fundraising efforts among conservatives -- was launched immediately after Pelosi successfully navigated the Senate health-care overhaul bill and reconciliation fixes through the House. It has been soliciting donations from $40 to $16,000, or $1 to $400 per seat for the 40 seats Republicans will need to retake the House this year. The campaign features imagery of Pelosi being engulfed in flames and takes as a slogan: "No More Madam Speaker."

Pelosi, the first female speaker of the House, would be unlikely to be replaced in the post by a female Republican, should the GOP effort succeed, and the fiery imagery has drawn criticism as attacks on Democrats have moved beyond pure rhetoric this week.

Originally intended as a 24-hour, $402,010 drive -- a moderately ambitious goal, but by no-means a record-setting pace -- the appeal was extended Tuesday after taking in more than the originally planned amount.

The "Pelosi Health Care Takeover" signed into law by President Obama on Tuesday was an "abomination," Republican Party Chairman Michael Steele wrote in an e-mail to supporters, that would mean "low-quality health care, higher taxes, and a declining standard of living for all Americans."

Advocacy group GOPUSA and magazine Human Events also forwarded Steele's RNC solicitations to their extensive e-mail lists Tuesday.

On Monday, Steele had sent supporters a first e-mail asking for funds as part of the drive.

A spokesperson for the RNC declined to specify how many donors had contributed to the sum raised, a figure that might indicate the size of the average donation.

By Garance Franke-Ruta  |  March 25, 2010; 1:01 PM ET
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Great! More money for the Repubs to spend on 5-star hotels, limos, private jets, Hawaiian conferences, Tiny Jewel Box, and "meals" at lesbian bondage strip clubs.

Posted by: achamblee | March 30, 2010 12:02 PM | Report abuse

A few of the top ten states that made donations to the "Fire Nancy Pelosi" site are MA, NY, NJ, and IL.

If that doesn't tell you something about the opinion of this country towards this Administration and this Congress I don't know what will.

When the mothership states for Dems are trying to get rid of means the party will be ending.

Posted by: letscheck | March 28, 2010 4:48 AM | Report abuse

McConnell said today in his radio address, "nobody is satisfied with the health care system as it is." Costs are out of control and "people are being squeezed out of the market."

So he opposed the first healthcare bill to be passed for the people in 100 years to correct the problems.

His solution, is already in this bill and his own party would not vote for. He said, "We can expand access to people with pre-existing conditions. We can keep people from being kicked off their plans..."

Yet, he provides no method to pay for adding these people with pre-existing conditions to insurance policies. You cannot add liabilities for insurance companies with no off-set to pay for them. Even Republicans should know this.

The Democratic Healthcare Plan offers covering people with pre-existing conditions, stopping making being a woman a pre-existing condition, No lifetime maximum, keeping children to age 26 on the policy, Longterm Aide for people, etc. and is being paid for without raising taxes on the middle class/working class.

Republicans continue to make "excuses" as to why they still cannot represent the people of this nation, and shows little likelihood they will ever do so.

Posted by: SCVoter | March 27, 2010 6:07 PM | Report abuse

Even Republicans are praying for the continued health and safety of President Obama, because having Nancy Pelosi a heartbeat away from being President is a terrifying thought.

Posted by: sam38 | March 26, 2010 8:53 PM | Report abuse

The money would be better spent as a donation to Haiti.

Posted by: gwcox2 | March 26, 2010 1:27 PM | Report abuse

This is brilliant.

Phase 1: Spout lies and propaganda about legislation until enough suckers (Who most likely voted for you) believe you.

Phase 2: Establish a web site where the aforementioned suckers will send you oodles of cash to back up your empty threat.

Phase 3: Pocket their money.

Well played, Republicans. Well played.

Posted by: redmccarthy | March 25, 2010 11:28 PM | Report abuse

Just FYI - My donation was $10.

Posted by: kbradley8373 | March 25, 2010 9:46 PM | Report abuse

One more thing. I can boil this all down for you in a simple formula...

REPUBLICANS = TRUE AMERICANS (DEM's & REP's mixed up together now)

DEMOCRATS = AMERICA'S NEW ENEMY WITHIN (socialists, marx-ists, communists, etc...)

That's how it shakes down here in the REAL world on the street.

THIS IS NO GAME. It's life and death for our families and our freedom and we WILL not sit by and let our country be taken over. KNOW THAT.

Posted by: kbradley8373 | March 25, 2010 9:37 PM | Report abuse

I can tell you first hand who is donating to FIRENANCYPELOSI.COM! It's folks like me. Self-employed, regular, everyday, hard-working folks! We are tired of having our pockets picked by morons who know nothing of what this country represents anymore. YOU HAVE FORGOTTEN HOW OUR WONDERFUL COUNTRY BEGAN! It began because the common folks weren't being represented in government... I AM the opposition... AND I'm TIRED. THIS STOPS HERE, THIS YEAR!

Posted by: kbradley8373 | March 25, 2010 9:28 PM | Report abuse

Thank God someone is raising money to eliminate this tax and spend bozo. Soon All the Dem's in the house will receive a special mid-term enema. Harry your side is up for a special enema, too.

Posted by: fngVP | March 25, 2010 6:56 PM | Report abuse

Trying to describe:

1: Bovine Spongiform Encephalopathy.

2: Hydrophobia.

3: Mid-spring Madness.(not summer yet).

4: Darkness Allergy.

Ha ha ha ha ha.

Posted by: mdsubramonia | March 25, 2010 4:56 PM | Report abuse

The Democrats should start their own fund raising asking for a $ for every nut job Republican in congress to defeat like Bachman and Boehner for a start as well as all those who shout out, those who still think there will be death panels, federally funded abortions and anyone who held up a sign on the balcony last Sunday on the balcony of the House for the teabaggers to chear.Demonizing Pelosi is putting one in the Democrats column but can't match the demons that the Republicans have on their side of the aisle. Too bad they couldn't listen to Ronnie but only heard Nancy-"Just say no".

Posted by: msjn1 | March 25, 2010 4:30 PM | Report abuse

Good ole GOP - cannot solve a problem to save their lives, but can sucker spiteful dupes out of money in a heartbeat.

Posted by: LABC | March 25, 2010 3:10 PM | Report abuse



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Posted by: scrivener50 | March 25, 2010 2:51 PM | Report abuse

One almost hopes it's all fro ma smal lnumber of rich folks rther than a bunch of less well off people that the GOP succeeded in scaring to death to get he last dollar out of their pockets.

Posted by: EricS2 | March 25, 2010 1:48 PM | Report abuse

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