Friday, January 25, 2013

Obama for America/Organizing for Action Raising Funds on Sandy Hook Massacre Again [Updated]

    Last night I noted that the town of Newtown, CT had posted a list of funds, more than fifty, set up in memory of the victims of the Sandy Hook Elementary School massacre. Today, Vice President Biden sent out an email via Obama for America (or Organizing for Action, as it is apparently slowly morphing into) that calls for support for President Obama's gun violence legislation.  In the email, Vice President Biden invokes the Newtown tragedy:

Right now, President Obama is counting on you.
Each one of us needs to speak up and demand action. It doesn't matter whether you live in a big city or a small town like Newtown, Connecticut. When our fellow Americans are victims of senseless violence, we all pull together as one American family.
Let's get this done, folks.
Whether the action we take saves one life or 1,000, it matters.
Thank you,
    And then this appears:
    However, this button takes readers not to any of the Newtown memorial funds, but rather to the Obama for America donations page for "general election debt retirement."

    The last time I noted the Obama campaign raising funds from the Newtown tragedy, some protested that the email link simply took readers to the BarackObama.com blog where the donation buttons were simply part of the blog structure.  Such an excuse will not work here.  The button is right in the email. As I noted back in December, the "Never let a crisis go to waste" mentality still rules the day with the president and his team.

UPDATE:  I just received another email, this one from Jim Messina, Obama for America's campaign manager and the Organizing for Action national chairman. He doubles down on Vice President Biden's appeal to contact Congress, even including the full text of Biden's email from this morning, with the "Donate" button intact. Messina, using the targeted nature of OFA's email database, listed the names and phone numbers of my senators and my representative to make it easier to contact them, as well as a link for a page to "report back" on how the conversation went.

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