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Democrats to Donors: Be Very Afraid, Give Money

Democrats are rethinking the strategy of maligning Republicans as a band of dysfunctional losers, lest liberal loyalists let down their guard and hang on to their wallets.

The executive director of the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee, J.B. Poersch, sent out a fundraising e-mail to supporters today warning: "Don't believe what you've heard about a GOP in disarray. They're mad, they're organized, and they're determined to return to what they see as their rightful place: ruling the halls of Congress."

"How do I know?" he asks rhetorically in his e-mail, before answering, "$14.4 million. That's how much Newt Gingrich raised during a fundraising dinner last week for Republican House and Senate committees. One speech. $14.4 million."

True enough. Gingrich, the former House speaker, presided over last week's GOP dinner, at which the House and Senate GOP fundraising committees raked in $14.5 million. Still, that's a paltry figure compared to the committee's fundraising haul during the Bush years, when they had a sitting president attending the dinners.

Poersch warned in his e-mail solicitation that Democratic donors can't stop giving now. as the June 30 fundraising deadline approaches. He explained that Republicans "not only have cash, but also history on their side. There are only a handful of times in our nation's past when the party that won the White House hasn't lost big the following midterm election. That would spell disaster for President Obama's agenda."

Invoking the Democrats' favorite targets of scorn and fighting fear tactics with fear tactics, he also warned that Republicans are "more organized than they've been in the past. Their fundraising machine, fed by fear tactics and smear campaigns from Newt, Rush Limbaugh and friends, is humming along."

House and Senate Democratic fundraising committees are scheduled to hold their big annual fundraiser -- featuring President Obama as the draw -- on Thursday. And you betcha, Democrats are expected to raise far more with Obama on hand than Republicans did with Gingrich as keynote speaker and Sarah Palin as a spotlight guest.


By Mary Ann Akers  |  June 16, 2009; 3:06 PM ET
 
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