Democrats are taking the specter of a government shutdown as an opportunity to fundraise. In fact, the Washington Examiner says party honchos are throwing a shutdown party in an effort to line campaign coffers.
Vice President Joe Biden asked supporters to send money to the Democratic National Committee to "help the organization that’s standing up for Obamacare."
Biden slams the Republicans over their proposed budget deal and singles out Sen. Ted Cruz for his 21-hour speech aimed at derailing Obamacare.
"For some reason I can't understand, the Republican Party is letting Ted Cruz lead their charge against Obamacare," Biden said in his email. "Ted Cruz isn't a bad guy. But he needs to be reminded that he's not representing the will of the American people when he tries to obstruct and defund Obamacare."
That sentiment was followed up by a plea for money, asking supporters to "fight back against the far right by chipping in today." According to the Washington Examiner,
Biden’s emails ask for donations ranging from $3 to $2,000.
Biden’s emails were sent on Sunday and Monday. And he’s not the only Democrat using the budget battle to bolster support.
According to Politico
, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, sent an email to his supporters with the subject line "Anarchy" asking recipients to sign a petition to tell Republicans to not shut down the government. While Reid didn’t ask for money, to virtually add your signature, you must include your email, which is usually added to the party’s fundraising list.
Some say it’s a fundraising faux pas to use the issue at a critical time to rally support and raise funds. However, campaign strategists say the fundraising efforts will continue, especially since the third quarter fundraising deadline coincides with the shutdown deadline.
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