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Money Grubbing Chutzpah, Democratic style

Money Grubbing Chutzpah, Democratic style

Democrats, from the top politicians on down to their messaging drones at Think Progress, have targeted the Koch brothers, as documented here many times.

So good for Koch Industries for sending this letter to Sen. Patty Murray in response to a “request” for a sizable donation to the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee (h/t Ben Smith):

Dear Senator Murray:

For many months now, your colleagues in the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee leadership have engaged in a series of disparagements and ad hominem attacks about us, apparently as part of a concerted political and fundraising strategy. Just recently, Senator Reid wrote in a DSCC fundraising letter that Republicans are trying to “force through their extreme agenda faster than you can say ‘Koch Brothers.’”

So you can imagine my chagrin when I got a letter from you on June 17 asking us to make five-figure contributions to the DSCC. You followed that up with a voicemail* indicating that, if we contributed heavily enough, we would garner an invitation to join you and other Democratic leaders at a retreat in Kiawah Island this September.

I’m hoping you can help me understand the intent of your request because it’s hard not to conclude that DSCC politics have become so cynical that you actually expect people whom you routinely denounce to give DSCC money.

It is troubling that private citizens taking part in the discourse have become the targets of White House and DSCC fundraising missives, and we would certainly encourage you to rethink that approach. Ultimately, I expect voters will see through that and will weigh the issues on the merits alone. But in the meantime, if you could provide me some insight on what exactly you are asking of us and why, I would be most grateful.

*Here is the voice message Murray left in connection with seeking the donation.


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Major kudos to Philip Ellender for a great and courageous response. Moar!

What else can one expect from democrats?

What an outstanding response. I wonder if this will get played in the MSM (I doubt it).

LukeHandCool | July 7, 2011 at 11:53 pm

Bravo Mr. Ellender!!

LukeHandCool (who gets a Matthewsian tingle up his leg when a conservative brings a logic bazooka to a lefty rhetorical knife fight).

Everyone realizes, don’t we, the only way the lamestream mentions this is to characterize Ellender’s reply as “rude and snippy”?

Anon Y. Mous | July 8, 2011 at 3:46 am

OT: Up until yesterday, you were making heavy use of the “read more” button. Today, I notice that you seem to have retired it. Kudos! Pet peeve #482 of mine (yes, I have a lot of them) is having to click away from the main page to read the last half of the post. For some reason lately, all my regular stops have been moving more in the direction of the “read more” regime, so I’m happy to see one move back in the other direction.

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I’d love to see Murray’s response to this letter.

Better yet, I’d love to be a fly on the wall when she reads it. Bet I’d learn lots of new words. ;-p