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Gore Raising Money for Senate Democrats

Following up on his "Assault on Reason" book tour, former vice president Al Gore has penned an e-mail for the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee that went out today.

Al Gore
Al Gore wants you ... to donate to Senate Democrats. (AP)

The timing of Gore's pitch is designed to help drive up receipts before the June 30 deadline for finance reports, an important bellwether for measuring the strength of the campaign committees' fundraising operations. Gore should help the DSCC in particular with small-dollar donors, who have been most receptive to his message of energy independence and opposition to the Iraq war. But it also serves the dual purpose of giving the former vice president another venue to tout his favored themes and continue to tease those who are clamoring for his entry into the presidential campaign.

"Republicans have given us an 'Alice in Wonderland' approach to governance. First the verdict, then the trial. Republicans don't believe global warming is a threat. So they censor the hundreds of government scientists who do. Republicans think aluminum tubes bought by Saddam have to be for nuclear weapons. So they ignore Energy Department scientists who say it's impossible to use the tubes for nuclear enrichment," Gore writes.

Recent polling has shown increased angst among anti-war liberals with congressional Democratic leaders, who have been unable so far to thwart President Bush's handling of the war. But that angst hasn't slowed the Democrats' ability to raise money. The most recent reports with the Federal Election Commission show the DSCC with a nearly 4-1 advantage in terms of cash on hand over its counterpart, the National Republican Senatorial Committee ($12 million for Democrats, $3.4 million for Republicans).

The DSCC had raised $18.3 million through April 30, while the NRSC had raised $8.5 million. The DSCC, chaired by Sen. Charles Schumer (D-N.Y.), did hold $5.5 million in debt at the time, while the NRSC was debt free.

Gore said the DSCC wants to raise another $500,000 from online donors in the final two weeks of the current fundraising quarter.

Click to the next page to read the rest of Gore's letter to potential donors...

Dear [Redacted]

George W. Bush doesn't care what you and I think and neither do his friends in Congress.

The American people overwhelmingly want our troops out of Iraq. They want the federal government to take real and immediate action to combat global warming and to significantly expand support for stem cell research.

Democrats almost unanimously support the people's wishes on these crucial issues. Republicans don't.

The rest is just commentary.

Nowhere has Republican obstruction been more blatant and more damaging than in the United States Senate, where they've exploited the narrow 51-49 Democratic majority to try to block all manner of legislation. If we want progress on the issues we care about, we absolutely must expand the Democratic Senate majority in 2008.

The hard road to Election Day victory is already being paved by the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee (DSCC). The DSCC needs to raise $500,000 to reach its June 30th quarterly fundraising deadline. This deadline is so important that a group of Democratic senators will match every single dollar you give, effectively doubling your contribution.

Without your support now, Democratic Senate candidates simply cannot succeed in the next election.

Click here to make a contribution of $50, $75 or more to make sure Democrats keep control of the United States Senate. By making the contribution today, your gift will be matched dollar for dollar by a group of Democratic senators.

At the center of the disastrous policies of the past six years is the fact that Republicans place ideology above all else - including facts and reason.

America's strength as a nation, over more than 200 years, has been that we have constantly sought to base decisions on the best evidence available after a full and open debate among people.

That's all changed in the last six years.

Republicans have given us an "Alice in Wonderland" approach to governance. First the verdict, then the trial.

Republicans don't believe global warming is a threat. So they censor the hundreds of government scientists who do.

Republicans think aluminum tubes bought by Saddam have to be for nuclear weapons. So they ignore Energy Department scientists who say it's impossible to use the tubes for nuclear enrichment.

What the climate crisis and Iraq have in common is that in both cases Republican policies were badly mistaken, and in both cases there was overwhelming evidence to convince any reasonable person ahead of time that we should have done the exact opposite of what we did.

But facts often don't end up in Republican policy decisions because they inconveniently interfere with ideological illusions.

Now is the time to finally end it all. The 2006 elections were the first step. Now we need you to lay the groundwork for preserving and expanding the Democratic gains in 2008.

Please, contribute to the DSCC today and a group of Democratic senators will match your contribution.

Click here to make a contribution of $50, $75 or more to make sure Democrats keep control of the United States Senate. By making the contribution today, your gift will be matched dollar for dollar by a group of Democratic senators.

It is easy to lay the blame for much of what has transpired the last six years at the feet of George W. Bush.

But it's important to remember that he couldn't have done much of his damage without a supine Republican congress. And it's important for all of us to remember that the very same Republican senators who have failed us so badly in the past are poised to once again be in the majority if they pick up only one seat in the next election.

We can't let that happen.

Sincerely,

Al Gore

By Paul Kane  |  June 13, 2007; 5:25 PM ET
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