Dems, GOP Both Want My Money

Hey, if I’m getting fund-raising pitches from both the Dems and the GOP as they spin their post-Supah victories, I must be doing something wrong, huh?

In case you’re not on all these e-mail pitch lists, here’s a taste of what you’re missing.

 First, the pitch from Screamin’ Howard Dean of the Dems, who wants not just a victory but a LANDSLIDE! Note pic of sullen, angry-looking McCain. Huckabee and Mitt Romney are done. John McCain will be the Republican nominee — he’s the only one with a reasonable path to the nomination.

So how do we beat him? We stand up — right now — start fighting, and show the American people that he’s not who they think he is.

We can’t wait for Hillary or Barack to win the nomination. Now that the Republicans have a candidate, the dollars are starting to pour in from special interests who will do anything to beat the Democratic nominee. They’re just waiting for us to decide so they can start smearing.

We must be ready to fight back, and fight back hard, today.

Now that we know our opponent, it’s time to build a national effort on the programs you and I have worked so hard to create over the last four years – from our cutting-edge technology to our voter protection programs, it’s time to shift gears.

I need you to contribute $25, $50, or $100 to help us fight John McCain right now:

John McCain is a media darling, but don’t trust his carefully-crafted image – he’s worked for years to brand himself. From Iraq to health care, Social Security to special interest tax cuts to ethics, he’s promising nothing more than a third Bush term.

After championing campaign finance reform and ethics legislation to score political points, he now has a staggering amount of lobbyists involved in every aspect of his campaign. In fact, two of the top three sources for John McCain’s campaign cash are D.C. lobbying firms, and he looked the other way as Jack Abramoff bought and paid for the Republican Party and the Culture of Corruption.

On immigration reform, he’s run as far to the right as he can, aligning himself with the most extreme elements of the Republican Party.

On the war, McCain scoffed at Bush’s call to leave troops in Iraq for 50 years, saying “Make it a hundred!”

On a woman’s right to choose, McCain has vowed to appoint judges who would overturn Roe v. Wade.

On the economy, one of the issues that the American people care most about, McCain has said: “I know a lot less about economics than I do about military and foreign policy issues. I still need to be educated.”

We can’t afford four more years with a President who drives the economy into the ground. We can’t afford four more years with a President who fights an endless war in Iraq. We can’t afford four more years with a President who gives tax cuts to companies who ship jobs overseas; with a President who can’t get every American the health care they deserve; with a President we just can’t trust.

I don’t just want to beat John McCain – I want it to be a landslide. If you’re as committed as I am, I need you to make a contribution today:

Let’s get going,

Howard Dean


And now for the McCainiac response, which I’m privy to thanks to my long-ago bankrolling of McCain. You wouldn’t think $25 in 2000 would make me quite so important, but you’d be wrong. Note pic of smiling, open-armed McCain with proof-of-virility younger wife:  

 Dear Charles,

What a night! We are still tallying up the delegates but the votes are in and it looks to be a very big night for John McCain. From New York in the east to California on the west coast, we won some of the biggest states in the country. We over-performed, beat expectations among most groups, and saw a record number of the voters come out to support John McCain. We won big in both states with lots of delegates and in historic battleground states, defying pundits and reasserting the views of those that really pick presidents – voters. All across the country, we saw Americans come out and vote for leadership. And they voted for John McCain. of your hard work over the past year, we won New York, New Jersey, Illinois, Delaware, Connecticut, Oklahoma and Arizona. We won the historic bellwether state of Missouri, where voters have picked the winning candidate in all but one presidential election over the last one hundred years. We swept Republican votes in the delegate-rich state of California, defying the polls and cementing John McCain as the national front-runner. There is a lot to celebrate today, and we are much closer to the coveted 1,191 delegates needed to secure the Republican nomination for president, but we still have work to do.

The battle does not end here. We have many more states to win and committed opponents who are not giving up any time soon, despite John McCain’s significant lead. We can’t afford to rest for one second and must compete to win, and fast. The faster John McCain secures victory, the more time we’ll have to prepare to take on the Democrats in November.

We need your help to keep the momentum going. Please make an immediate online contribution today to make sure we have the resources necessary to secure the nomination, fast.

In the next few days there are contests in Kansas and Washington State. Next Tuesday we have the ‘Chesapeake Primary’ with Virginia, Maryland and Washington, D.C. all holding their primaries on the same day. These are critical contests that we need to win. And we need your help.

Please make a contribution today and then forward this message on to at least 10 people you know and encourage them to do the same. We know that John McCain is the only candidate who is prepared to lead on day one and is the only Republican that has a chance of beating Hillary Clinton or Barack Obama in November. We are counting on your support at this critical time to help make sure we have the resources and support necessary to win.

Thank you again for all your support over this past year. It has been a long journey and now that we are getting close to the finish line, it is not the time to slow down – we have to sprint to the finish.

Many thanks,
The McCain Campaign

P.S. Donate now to help keep this momentum going. And just as importantly, you can help build our growing team by  sending this letter to ten of your friends and family to tell them why you are supporting the next President of the United States, John McCain!



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