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Posted at 12:30 PM ET, 01/19/2011

Campaign committees return to fundraising ahead of health care repeal vote

By Felicia Sonmez and Paul Kane

Updated: 1:00 p.m.

After a week of holding off on politics in the wake of the shooting in Tucson, the national parties' campaign committees are back in full swing, with both the Republican and Democratic House campaign arms sending out fundraising e-mails Tuesday and Wednesday tied to the debate over repealing the national health care overhaul.

"We've been ready for this vote," the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee's executive director, Robby Mook, wrote in an e-mail Tuesday afternoon asking supporters to "contribute $5, $10 or more" within the next 24 hours. "The DCCC has a campaign all set to go that will hold [Republicans] immediately accountable in the media for standing with insurance companies instead of hardworking Americans -- but we need to raise $50,000 immediately to hit the ground running."

The National Republican Campaign Committee chairman, Pete Sessions (Texas), wrote an e-mail to supporters alluding to House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) -- a staple of many House Republicans' ads last cycle -- and pledging that on Wednesday, Republicans would "follow through on a key campaign promise and repeal the job destroying, budget-busting boondoggle that is ObamaCare."

"Your immediate support will ensure Nancy Pelosi is not successful in misleading Americans," Sessions wrote in the Wednesday morning e-mail soliciting donations of $15, $50, $100 or more. "Simply put, ObamaCare cost Americans jobs through uncertainty and now implementation threatens even more jobs. No wonder the majority of Americans continue to oppose it. With your support we can ensure their campaign fails. Your immediate contribution will ensure no Democrat charge goes unanswered."

The Senate Democrats' campaign arm has also sent out an e-mail tied to the health care repeal vote, warning that if Republicans succeed in their repeal effort, they will "use Tea Party momentum to try to win back the Senate, make President Obama a one-term president and reverse all the other progress we've made together."

The Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee's executive director, Guy Cecil, didn't specifically solicit donations in the e-mail, but a large "CONTRIBUTE" button appears directly below his signature.

The text of the DCCC and NRCC emails is below the jump.

The DCCC email:


The NRCC email:


By Felicia Sonmez and Paul Kane  | January 19, 2011; 12:30 PM ET
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What happened to the vow of the Republicans to be work together with the Democrats and not vote by party lines. Boehner is a liar and a cheat.

Posted by: racam | January 19, 2011 10:38 PM | Report abuse

If people just stopped giving them money, we wouldn't have to listen to this. As is the case with stray cats and saucers of milk, this is like welfare for politicians. Members of Congress make over $100k a year, why not make them finance their own campaigns!

Posted by: SomeFatGuy | January 19, 2011 4:51 PM | Report abuse

If people just stopped giving them money, we wouldn't have to listen to this. As is the case with stray cats and saucers of milk, this is like welfare for politicians.

Posted by: SomeFatGuy | January 19, 2011 4:49 PM | Report abuse

So basically we have gotten to the point in our politics that we need to pay politicians for each piece of legislation.

I would like a building named after me. How much does that cost?

Posted by: Smokingman | January 19, 2011 1:47 PM | Report abuse

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