The Edwards campaign is in an all out push to reach their second quarter fundraising goal.
WASHINGTON (CNN) - Former North Carolina Sen. John Edwards' campaign sent a strongly-worded fundraising e-mail to supporters Monday, claiming "the whole Washington establishment wants our campaign to go away."
In the e-mail, headlined "Haircuts and hatchet jobs," Edwards Deputy Campaign Manager Jonathan Prince writes, "they don't want the American people to hear the message, so they attack the messenger. They call him a hypocrite because he came from nothing, built a fortune while standing up for regular people during some of their toughest times, and—heaven forbid!—he has the nerve to remember where he came from and still care passionately about guaranteeing every family the opportunities he had to get ahead."
The subject line is a reference to the criticism the former North Carolina senator took for receiving two $400 haircuts earlier this year. He is vying for the Democratic presidential nomination.
The e-mail is the latest sign the Edwards campaign is in an all out push to meet their $9 million fundraising goal for the second quarter that closes on Saturday night. Edwards political adviser Joe Trippi sent a fundraising e-mail last week saying the campaign had only raised approximately two-thirds of its goal - at the time leaving the campaign with 10 days to raise over $3 million.
The campaign raised $14 million in the first quarter of 2007.
- CNN Ticker Producer Alexander Mooney