- The Washington Times - Thursday, June 23, 2016

The sit-in by House Democrats failed to yield the votes on gun control they had been demanding, but it did give them the chance to line their campaign coffers ahead of the November election, where they hope to cut into the Republican majority.

The Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee blasted out emails asking supporters to pitch in their financial support behind the anti-gun sit-in led by Rep. John Lewis, a civil rights icon, which aimed to force House Republicans to hold for votes on gun-control measures in the wake of the worst mass shooting in U.S. history.

“John Lewis and Democrats are DEMANDING a vote on gun safety reform: BUT REPUBLICANS REFUSE TO LET US ACT!” a fundraising email read. “We need to get 10,000 gifts in the door during tonight’s sit-in. Will you stand with John Lewis and pitch in $1?”

SEE ALSO: House adjourns until after July 4; Democrats continue sit-in, demand votes on gun-control bills

The request included a photograph of Mr. Lewis, along with the “LET US VOTE!” demand.

House Speaker Paul D. Ryan, Wisconsin Republican, described the sit-in as a “publicity stunt” and pointed out that similar gun control legislation had been shot down in the Senate earlier in the week.

Mr. Ryan refused to bow to the demands of Democrats, eventually pushing forward with votes over the chants of Democrats and abruptly adjourning until July 5, following raucous moments in the lower chamber.

The DCCC put out at least three separate fundraising emails, including early Thursday morning after the chamber had adjourned.

“We’re emailing you so early because we need to defeat these AWFUL Republicans — NOW,” the morning blast read.

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