Did House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi just pull off the classic “bait-and-switch” funding email? Her subject line read: “Not asking for money.” This email to supporters on Friday was sent on behalf of the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee, the official campaign arm of House Democrats. It accused Republicans of “playing politics” with U.S. national security and not fully investigating Russian election interference.
“It’s clear to me that these Republicans have more loyalty to their political party than our country,” her email read. “Their actions are dangerous. They’re reckless. And they’re disqualifying.”
After the bait was set with intense, inflammatory language against the GOP, Pelosi’s email asked supporters to join in a “Russian Investigation Survey” which, in fact, asked for money.
“Will you pitch in $3 (or more!) to help the DCCC support Democratic House candidates every step of the way to victory and flip the House in 2018?” the last question of the survey asked.
Pelosi’s fundraising email was just one of more than two dozen DCCC emails since the beginning of 2017 that asked for funds after declaring that they would not do so, according to the Center for Public Integrity. Some have said that the DCCC’s ongoing willingness to send fundraising emails with false promises in unparalleled in national politics.
But their tactics seem to be working in their favor. Since the start of 2017, the DCCC has raised $86.3 million in mostly small donations, which is more than three times the $24.6 million raised by the National Republic Congressional Committee.
Martin Frost, the Texas Rep. who also served as DCCC chairman in the late 90’s, said that House Democrats do not need to apologize for their bait-and-switch tactics.
“Criticism isn’t deserved. They’re doing a hell of a job fundraising,” Frost told the Center for Public Integrity.
That sounds pretty pragmatic, but is it right?
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