- The Washington Times - Monday, April 1, 2013

Happy Easter: Send money. It wasn’t quite that blunt, but Democratic Party politicos were up early Sunday morning sending out Easter emails to constituents on behalf of President Obama, Rep. Nancy Pelosi and Virginia’s governor hopeful, Terry McAuliffe, that focused more on money than on the spiritual.

And the email put out by Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee members for House Minority Leader Pelosi didn’t even mention Easter, the Washington Examiner reports.

“We could really do this! If we can hit 200,000 donations before tonight’s FEC deadline, it would send a blistering message to Speaker Boehner and the Republicans. Donate $3 before MIDNIGHT and your gift will be triple-matched,” Ms. Pelosi’s email read.

From Mr. Obama’s Organizing for Action, as quoted in the Washington Examiner: “Look, here’s the deal: We’re not taking any money from corporations. We’re not taking any money from Washington lobbyists. We’re going up against some of the most powerful interest groups around — and we’re powered by the grassroots support of people like you. And, if you step up, we’re going to win. Donate $5 or more before tonight’s midnight deadline to be a founding member of OFA. Thanks — and from my family to yours, happy Easter.”

And from Virginia gubernatorial candidate Mr. McAuliffe, the Washington Examiner quotes: “My family and I are about to head off to Easter brunch, but I wanted to make sure you were aware that: Today’s the last day before we have to submit our first financial report of the year — our biggest test so far. This is our best opportunity to demonstrate the strength of our grassroots movement to the press and political pundits in Richmond. And if we succeed, there will be no doubt that we have the resources — both people-powered and financially — to win this election. But we’re still $14,817 away from our online fundraising goal and the deadline is at midnight. Can you make a $5 donation right now?”

One Republican did do similarly. The blog Bearing Drift that focuses on conservative politics in the state of Virginia found that state Delegate Rich Anderson sent out an email to “respectively ask that you help me to make up the difference [in my lagging monthly fundraising amounts] by clicking here and making a secure on-line donation to our campaign — by midnight Eastern Time on Sunday, March 31 — so that we can make up for lost time and submit a report to the State Board of Elections that outdoes our opponent,” he wrote.

Other Democrats who sent out Easter wishes that included fundraising messages, Bearing Drift reported: Sen. Mark Warner and Sen. Tim Kaine.

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