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WashPost: Democrats Get 'Scary' Emails with Frantic Calls for Cash

Wednesday, 01 October 2014 08:16 AM

Desperate Democrats sent out disturbing emails to donors with frantic demands for cash as they raced to beat the quarterly fundraising deadline on Tuesday night.

Democratic campaign committees and House, Senate and gubernatorial candidates deluged inboxes with downright "scary" eleventh-hour appeals for cash, The Washington Post reports.

Suggesting that Republicans were set to take control of both the House and the Senate in Congress, the subject lines of the emails included such fear-inducing expressions as "Absolute meltdown," "Kiss any hope goodbye, and "We're done. Go home. Give up."

And while warning that Democrats faced an apocalypse at the hands of the GOP, one message on Monday from the Democratic Governors Association, said, "We're on the verge of the Dem-pocalypse."

Democratic Sen. Patty Murray of Washington appeared to be practically begging, and stalking, with a message from the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee, the paper said. "I've already e-mailed you twice this month," she wrote. "I wouldn't e-mail a third time if it weren't absolutely necessary."

House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi of California seemingly tried to embarrass donors with her urgent email request for campaign cash, according to the newspaper.

"Hillary Clinton asked for your help this week," she wrote in her shame-inducing note. "President Obama asked for your help this week. So far, more than 80,000 of our best supporters have responded to their calls-to-action. But sadly, it doesn't look like you're on that list."

In his email on behalf of the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee, Rep. John Lewis of Georgia alerted supporters to the danger posed by what he called Republican attempts to roll back voting rights.

The famed civil rights activist reminded donors how he took part in the 1963 March on Washington and how he "gave a little blood" during the 1965 "Bloody Sunday" march in Selma, Alabama, the Post reported.

And his guilt-inducing, emotional pitch certainly pushed Democrats to reach for their checkbooks. Although the DCCC had hoped to raise $75,000 from Lewis's appeal, supporters sent in $80,000.

Although Republicans have also been sending out last-minute emails asking for campaign cash, they have been far more polite, and far less pushy and panicky, in their approach, the Post said.

Instead the GOP has used party headliners, such as 2012 presidential nominee Mitt Romney and leading Republican strategist Karl Rove, to bring in the big bucks, according to Business Insider.

"Please help our campaign by making a $5 donation before midnight. Also, please ask your friends and family to make a donation as well," said an e-mail request on Monday from Louisiana Rep. Bill Cassidy, who's in a close Senate race with incumbent Democratic Mary Landrieu.

But the Republican National Committee may have appeared to be a little desperate itself when it offered to send bright socks to donors, similar to those worn by former GOP president George H.W. Bush.

With their frenzied emails, however, Democrats, have been winning the battle for bucks this cycle.

The DCCC outraised the National Republican Congressional committee by $33 million this cycle, according to the Post, mainly due to $50 million in small donations collected online averaging an estimated $18 a donor.

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