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March 4, 2010

Are RNC Fundraising Tactics Out of Line?

Listed in: Other Domestic Policy, Stop the Smears, NJDC News, Opinions

Originally Published in Politico’s Arena

By David A. Harris, President of the National Jewish Democratic Council

The official GOP fundraising documents revealed Wednesday by POLITICO paint a portrait of a Republican Party reverting to form: when all else fails, turn to fear-mongering.

Based on the right wing’s scare tactics during the 2008 election and last summer’s health care debate, this should come as no surprise. If anything, this confirms what many quietly speculated all along: that the GOP is trying to scare its way back into power by raising money to bombard voters with incorrect information.

All Americans should be outraged that the Republican Party thinks so little of their intelligence. It would be one thing if the GOP was raising money through the merits of its ideas. But their recent conduct demonstrates that they have very few, if any, marketable ideas and real policy alternative for the American public which leaves fear-mongering as their prime fundraising tool.

Time and time again, we see that today’s GOP is committed to catering to its new Tea Party base. That this is as true in fundraising as it is in policy matters should come as no surprise.