Interesting fundraising appeal
Today a friend sent me one of Scott Fitzgerald’s recent fundraising e-mails, which reads in part: “I need you to … help me fight the fraud that is happening right now on recall petitions in my district and others.”
I find his approach both amusing and offensive. Mr. Fitzgerald apparently feels that his best hope of building a campaign war chest is not to remind prospective donors of his recent record, but rather to throw out baseless claims against our hard-working volunteers. It’s certainly understandable: although he campaigned on jobs and economic development, his work this past year has resulted in divisive policies, dismal job figures, a slew of lawsuits, and a bitterly divided legislature.
If Mr. Fitzgerald needs more money, his fundraising attempts should rest on his merits and his record. Basing his fundraising appeals on false claims of our malfeasance is insulting and absurd.
Here’s the full text of the e-mail:
Subject: Mickey Mouse is helping…
Have you heard the latest in the recall races? Integrity and accountability have gone completely out the window.
Last week, a recall signer admitted – to a TV reporter – that he has signed a recall petition “about 80 times.” (see video here) His excuse? “They cheated for Bush, so hey, I’m going to cheat to get Scott Walker out.”
Then yesterday, in the state Capitol, the Government Accountability Board (who is supposed to be policing the recall process) announced that it would COUNT recall signatures from “Mickey Mouse” as long as a date and address are included. (story here)
And here’s the icing on the cake: the Government “Accountability” Board said that it’s not their responsibility to check for duplicates and fake names: it’s the responsibility of the Senators who are being recalled.
A thousand needles have been thrown into the haystack, and the senators fighting recalls are the ones who have to find them. And it’s a heck of a lot easier to sign fake and duplicate signatures than it is to find them.
I can’t do it without your help. I need you to take a moment and go to VoteFitzgerald.com and contribute the most generous amount you can afford, to help me fight the fraud that is happening right now on recall petitions in my district and others.
The stakes couldn’t be higher: if the recall-crazy Democrats take over the Senate, you can say “goodbye” to balanced budgets, pro-jobs bills and reform, and “hello” to gridlock and a nonstop campaign cycle.
This whole process is beginning to look like a joke. But if we can’t afford to fight their fraud, the union bosses and the protesters will be the only ones laughing.
Senator, 13th Senate District
P.S. Please give whatever you can afford by clicking here today: because of the unprecedented nature of the Recalls, you can contribute as much as you’d like, and as many times as you’d like. Even if you’ve given to my campaign before, please consider contributing to my effort to find fraud and root out duplicate signatures.