Monday, September 17, 2012


I had to re-read this story a couple of times because I thought I was hallucinating due to the triple-digit temperatures most of this weekend. But, no, I had it right the first time: the GOP was sending dollar bills to the party faithful as part of a "fund raising" effort.

An urgent fundraising appeal from Republican National Committee Chairman Reince Priebus that went out this week included some start-up money in the envelope: a single dollar bill.

Priebus wrote in the letter that he was “risking a dollar bill to get your attention at this critical moment of the 2012 campaign.” ...

Priebus asked supporters to match "the Obama Democrats and their liberal special interest allies dollar for dollar and answer their vicious attack ads so we can win back the White House, reclaim complete control of Congress and elect more GOP governors."

"That's why I expect and trust you to return the dollar I've enclosed along with an emergency contribution of at least $60 for a total gift of $61. A donation of $121 will provide an even bigger boost."

Now, back in the day, it was not unheard of for big-city machine operatives to pass out "walking around money" in poorer districts to get folks to the polls and to cast their votes for the right people. However, I doubt that even back then a buck would have done the trick. No, the Reince probably did intend this to be a fund raising gimmick. But a buck? I wonder how many of those dollar bills went into the trash because the recipients saw the return address and just tossed the envelope without bothering to even open them.

No word yet on how many bills the RNC has gotten back.

Heh. As a sage once said, "Stupid is as stupid does."



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