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.
March 25, 2010; 1:01 PM ET
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