Wednesday, May 28, 2008

Behind closed doors

The Democratic Party

Dear automat,

George Bush fundraised for John McCain last night. Fight back!Last night, John McCain and George Bush got together behind closed doors in Phoenix. They're hoping to raise hundreds of thousands of dollars for the Republican Party without any scrutiny.

This is the same John McCain who is trying to convince the American people he's "Mr. Reformer" when it comes to campaign financing. But when it comes to raising millions for his campaign, he's falling all over himself to have George Bush as his best friend.

John McCain and the Republican National Committee are desperately working to get as much in the bank as they can before we have a nominee. They see the writing on the wall -- they know time is running out.

John McCain knows he needs George Bush for the money, and George Bush needs John McCain for his legacy. The McCain campaign had the fundraiser closed to the press to avoid any incriminating photos, but we know what's going on.

Help us send a message to John McCain telling him we're not fooled. He can run, but we're not going to let him hide:

http://www.democrats.org/ClosedDoors

Your support means we can strengthen our field efforts in every state and ensures we have the organization in place for our nominee from day one.

A contribution from you today will show John McCain he's on borrowed time:

http://www.democrats.org/ClosedDoors

With your help, we can make sure our party is in the best shape ever to compete with the Republicans across the country.

Thanks for your support.

Tom McMahon


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Wednesday, May 21, 2008

Unfunny joke

The Democratic Party

automat,

Tell John McCain: Fire Rick Davis and Charlie BlackI've got a joke for you.

Last week, John McCain's campaign manager, Rick Davis, sent a memo to the McCain campaign staff about a brand new "conflicts policy."

This policy was designed to identify staffers with "conflicts" working within McCain's organization after three advisers resigned from the campaign. One was found to be working for an anti-Democrat "527" organization, and the other two -- a regional campaign manager and the convention CEO -- were found to have lobbied for the Myanmar junta in 2003.

Here's the punch line: Rick Davis, author of the memo and the person in charge of finding these "conflicts" within the campaign, founded his own lobbying firm, and, according to the Politico, "has made at least $2.8 million lobbying Congress since 1998."

But it gets worse. Charlie Black is McCain's chief political adviser. Over the past seven years, lobbying filings show he's used his connections with George Bush and Dick Cheney to lobby administration officials for dozens of wealthy clients. The Washington Post reported that "Black said he does a lot of his work by telephone from McCain's Straight Talk Express bus."

John McCain's commitment to keeping Washington lobbyists out of his campaign is a joke -- but it's not funny. It's shocking.

Since Davis sent around his "conflicts" memo, two more people have been shamed out of the McCain campaign. But why not Davis and Black? Of all the possible conflicts revealed, isn't lobbying from the campaign bus the worst? And does McCain care that his campaign manager made millions after starting his own lobbying shop? If those are acceptable, what exactly did McCain find about the people they let go?

Tell John McCain to fire Rick Davis and Charlie Black today. If he's really committed to keeping "conflicts" out of his campaign, he should have no trouble cleaning house the way he needs to.

http://www.democrats.org/FireTheLobbyists

This past Sunday, John McCain defended the situation by telling reporters that his lobbyist advisers are "not in the lobbying business; they've been out of that business."

And just yesterday, John McCain said he wants to have "the most comprehensive and transparent of any presidential campaign in history" when it comes to lobbyists. How can that be true when people like Charlie Black admit he's conducting his lobbying business on the back of the bus?

John McCain and his campaign can't have it both ways. On the one hand, he says "ethics and transparency are not election year buzz words." But, on the other hand, he and his top campaign advisors have no problem fudging about their lobbying records. When pressed on the discrepancy, they give a flip excuse: Americans don't care.

Demand honesty and openness in politics. Tell John McCain to fire Charlie Black and Rick Davis today:

http://www.democrats.org/FireTheLobbyists

Let's keep McCain accountable,

Howard Dean


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Friday, May 16, 2008

RE: No letting up


automat,

Last week, we told you how John McCain raised over $9 million for his campaign and the Republican National Committee in 48 hours.

Yesterday, he was in Washington, D.C., attending back-to-back receptions for his top donors. The night ended with a "Spring Gala" dinner for those willing to pay thousands of dollars to wine and dine with John McCain and his top campaign staff.

The RNC has boasted it plans to raise at least $120 million to support John McCain. That's why Republican operatives are working around the clock to bank as much money as they can, while they can. They're gearing up for a Swift Boat offensive on our nominee.

Make a contribution now -- and help match what the Republicans are raising:

http://www.democrats.org/NoSwiftBoat

We can't let the Republicans get ahead of us.

Tom McMahon
Executive Director

-----Original Message-----
Subject: No letting up
Date: Fri 9 May 2008 11:59:17 AM
From: Phil Murphy
To: Tom McMahon

The Democratic Party
 

Dear automat,

John McCain raised over $9 million to Swift Boat us -- contribute!I'm Phil Murphy, Finance Chair of the DNC. I'm responsible for making sure our Party has the funds it needs to stay competitive.

I wanted you to see these two clips that were posted on Politico.com this week...

John McCain will raise over $7 million tonight at a high-dollar New York fundraiser, his largest one-event haul yet during the campaign, according to sources familiar with the expected haul.

McCain raises over $2 mil in Michigan ... So said John Rakolta -- a former national finance chair and ubiquitous presence around Mitt Romney during the primary -- last night at the suburban Detroit funder for the GOP nominee.

In the past 48 hours, John McCain raised over $9 million for his campaign and the Republican National Committee. While we're choosing our nominee, the Republican machine is working their way across the country, raising money and expanding their bank accounts.

What are they going to do with that money? Attack. As soon as we have our nominee, they'll unleash a flood of expensive negative attacks to try to define our candidate.

That's why we have to be ready for anything -- we can't let them Swift Boat us right out of the gate.

Can you make a contribution to offset the $9 million John McCain has raised the last 48 hours? We need to be able to defend our candidate from the Republican machine as soon as it kicks into gear:

http://www.democrats.org/NoSwiftBoat

Everywhere John McCain goes his handlers are organizing fundraising receptions, catering to special interests and lobbyists. It's straight out of the George Bush and Karl Rove playbook.

While our primary continues, we can't afford to let John McCain and the Republican machine get a financial advantage. Help us and our nominee stay competitive.

Thanks for your support.

Phil Murphy


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Friday, May 09, 2008

No letting up

The Democratic Party

Dear automat,

John McCain raised over $9 million to Swift Boat us -- contribute!I'm Phil Murphy, Finance Chair of the DNC. I'm responsible for making sure our Party has the funds it needs to stay competitive.

I wanted you to see these two clips that were posted on Politico.com this week...

John McCain will raise over $7 million tonight at a high-dollar New York fundraiser, his largest one-event haul yet during the campaign, according to sources familiar with the expected haul.

McCain raises over $2 mil in Michigan ... So said John Rakolta -- a former national finance chair and ubiquitous presence around Mitt Romney during the primary -- last night at the suburban Detroit funder for the GOP nominee.

In the past 48 hours, John McCain raised over $9 million for his campaign and the Republican National Committee. While we're choosing our nominee, the Republican machine is working their way across the country, raising money and expanding their bank accounts.

What are they going to do with that money? Attack. As soon as we have our nominee, they'll unleash a flood of expensive negative attacks to try to define our candidate.

That's why we have to be ready for anything -- we can't let them Swift Boat us right out of the gate.

Can you make a contribution to offset the $9 million John McCain has raised the last 48 hours? We need to be able to defend our candidate from the Republican machine as soon as it kicks into gear:

http://www.democrats.org/NoSwiftBoat

Everywhere John McCain goes his handlers are organizing fundraising receptions, catering to special interests and lobbyists. It's straight out of the George Bush and Karl Rove playbook.

While our primary continues, we can't afford to let John McCain and the Republican machine get a financial advantage. Help us and our nominee stay competitive.

Thanks for your support.

Phil Murphy


Make a Contribution



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