April 14th, 2009
03:00 PM ET
5 years ago

GOP uses tax day to raise money

WASHINGTON (CNN) – House Republicans are hoping to tap into Americans' aversion to paying taxes to rally its conservative base and raise money for the 2010 midterm elections.

The National Republican Congressional Committee will send a charged fundraising e-mail Tuesday afternoon - less than 12 hours before tax day - asking supporters to make a donation to the committee as a way to help "restore fiscal sanity and end the 'Pelosi recession.'"

Guy Harrison, the NRCC's executive director and author of the note, is referring to House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-California. Democrats have been accusing congressional Republicans of failing to offer any sound solutions to help reverse the economic crisis.

The e-mail, provided to CNN before it was sent out, also allows recipients the ability to help find a "Tea Party" event taking place in their area. These tea parties are being staged by activists on tax day as a way to protest President Obama's fiscal policies and send a message to Democrats and Republicans that they need to hold the line on spending.


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  1. Steph

    Aren't these the same people who had no problem with giving gobs and gobs of money to Haliburton and Blackwater??? Yup, they made sure that money was spent wisely. What a joke!

    April 14, 2009 04:13 pm at 4:13 pm |
  2. Felicia

    Everybody trying to bite President Obama's style, and they still not gon do as good.

    April 14, 2009 04:13 pm at 4:13 pm |
  3. set 4 life

    The GOP needs to have a seat. Its the Obama show . I wouldn't donate to these lame fools even if it was my last dollar. I don't even like the GOP especially Newt Gingrich

    April 14, 2009 04:13 pm at 4:13 pm |
  4. barabbas

    My God this is the funniest thing I've read in a long time. The irony alone is staggering . "Pelosi recession" . . I'm laughing so hard my co-workers are looking at me funny.

    I sometimes wonder if the Republicans are pathalogically incapable of accepting responsibility for anything. In the end though, it's all good because the Neocons and Liars are no longer in charge of the world.

    The new Republican motto should be "ignorance is bliss".

    April 14, 2009 04:14 pm at 4:14 pm |
  5. Bebe Phillips

    Democrats (Obama supporters) are pretending that it is not patriotic to express dissent in the USA peacefully. But I can recall months/years back when all George Bush got from them was hate and dissent. Instead of forming Tea Parties, they formed ACORN, headed by Obama himself. Don't be fooled.

    April 14, 2009 04:14 pm at 4:14 pm |
  6. Robin

    Look people, Obama is popular. But let's face it, Pelosi and Reid are a train wreck.

    April 14, 2009 04:14 pm at 4:14 pm |
  7. Diane Panama City Fl

    This latest tactic by the GOPers just proves to me that most of them are nothing more than shills for the uber-rich and are just too stupid to know it.

    April 14, 2009 04:17 pm at 4:17 pm |
  8. jim

    I actually feel bad for the republicans!!!! Maybe I will give them some spare change – nah rather see them beg!!!

    April 14, 2009 04:17 pm at 4:17 pm |
  9. Dutch/Bad Newz, VA

    I saw a tax cut in my last paycheck, so what's up with the tea party? The GOP has bamboozled their middle class base. Suckers!!!

    April 14, 2009 04:19 pm at 4:19 pm |
  10. B Lewis

    If this is the best that the GOP can come up with, then they have a long 8 years to look forward to. It's a party ran by relics of the past who are completely devoid of new ideas. Instead if listening to what the people want, they try to force their beliefs on the people. Something wrong wtih that picture.

    April 14, 2009 04:21 pm at 4:21 pm |
  11. Maggie from Virginia

    The GOP convention all over again...

    April 14, 2009 04:23 pm at 4:23 pm |
  12. arithmetic is liberal

    It will be a cold day in hell before I support ANYTHING from a party that lost two wars and an American city. The Republican Party was over on August 29, 2005.

    April 14, 2009 04:23 pm at 4:23 pm |
  13. JonDie

    Every time the Republicans control the government there is a massive re-distribution of wealth...from the poor and working class to the richest of the rich. And from 2001 to 2009 the GOP started undeclared wars in two nations...without having any way to fund the wars except through deficits. That's called being a "fiscal conservative."

    April 14, 2009 04:24 pm at 4:24 pm |
  14. Terry

    IF the GOP had not been completely and criminally irresponsible during the Reagan, Bush, and Bush years, we would not be in such a mess. They controlled the presidency, Congress, or both during most of those administrations. They controlled all three branches of government from 2000 through 2006. So, Conservative voters, what do you have to show for your votes now?
    Smaller government?
    A flag burning amendment?
    Balanced budget?
    A gay marriage prohibition?
    A lowered national debt?
    Anything else that those con-artists promised you?
    No.
    You got a wrecked economy, an unnecessary war, crappy jobs, outsourced jobs, no benefits, irreparable climate damage, and no future for your children.

    April 14, 2009 04:24 pm at 4:24 pm |
  15. Brett

    A Tea Party would have been a great idea if used in the right way. This thing tomorrow is just making a mockery of the one by the founding countrymen.

    The idea here is against bailouts and excessive spending. But if they're solely in it for the supposedly "increased taxes", then there as duped as the rich fat cats at fox news who is engineering this. They just don't want to pay more money to the government.

    Some folks will follow like sleep just because they consider themselves republicans. The current leadership of the GOP need to step down and let real conservatives take charge. On the path they are taking now, only makes them hypocrites and partison. Democrats are sitting back and watching the GOP ship sink.

    April 14, 2009 04:25 pm at 4:25 pm |
  16. Mia and Mike

    They still don't get it. Their messages and movements are being watered down day by day because the majority of voters now see the Republican Party as a bunch of negative whiners who try a new opposition movement to the current administration each week. I hope they are willing to take on the responsibities their actions call for: opposing taxes, supporting mobs of angry protesters who denounce our government and continuing to block anything that the current adminitration implements.

    At first they were up in arms about the so-called Tea Parties being associated as a Republican or conservative cause- now they are openly supporting it.

    They are really desperate and are grasping at whatever hot topic that flares more than a handful of "Palin Americans."

    April 14, 2009 04:26 pm at 4:26 pm |
  17. mark

    The dems. will nickle and dime you all the way to the bank. You all say 1% will be taxed higher, what about state taxes going up, smokes and watch your electric bill...........

    April 14, 2009 04:28 pm at 4:28 pm |
  18. Brandi

    The Tea Party gimmick doesn't make sense to me. My taxes will go down with the Obama administration as will the majority of Americans. Republicans need to learn their history and what the original Tea Party really meant.

    April 14, 2009 04:28 pm at 4:28 pm |
  19. Peejay

    Lynn (3:59 pm):

    Republicans can't quite pull off populist and grass roots because they don't care about real people and their concerns.

    April 14, 2009 04:29 pm at 4:29 pm |
  20. Seth

    Rick, are you the only sane one? How can so many idiots agree with Nancy Pelosi? Last year you were all yelling at Bush and the Republicans saying that lower taxes won't get rid of the deficit. Guess what Democrats, you just increased the federal deficit to a level unprecedented, now all you sheeple are praising Obama for lowering your taxes? Idiots.

    April 14, 2009 04:29 pm at 4:29 pm |
  21. mike

    "We are in charge. We are calling the shots now."

    Nancy Pelosi, February 2007.

    April 14, 2009 04:32 pm at 4:32 pm |
  22. Donna from Colorado Springs

    Let the Republicans and the right wingers have their little tea party. What they do not realize is that we are paying taxes under the tax code that was in play when Bush was in charge! Obama has nothing to do with the tax code as it stands. He has not raised taxes one penny since taking office! The Republican party is so desperate to make any kind of news and are pathetic in their lies to the American people. The people will see them for the frauds that they are!

    April 14, 2009 04:33 pm at 4:33 pm |
  23. Seth

    Veronica April 14th, 2009 4:12 pm ET

    "LOL – that's funny. The party who saw to it that we got as close to 'crash and burn' for eight years, and who offers absolutely nothing in the way of solutions whatsoever to the current crisis, wants money in order to try and gain back power. That's like letting the fox back into the hen house to finish off the rest of the hens … you can't make this stuff up, kids!!"

    The Obama administration makes the Bush administration look like Ebenezer Scrooge when it comes to spending! LOL! ROFL! The current "crisis" was never a crisis and the American people just spent trillions we don't have to maintain a status quo false bubble of economic prosperity. By the way, things really STARTED to go south when Nancy Pelosi and Harry Reid came to power in 06.

    April 14, 2009 04:33 pm at 4:33 pm |
  24. Frank

    Amazing all of the hypocrites here.

    Claiming Bush was spending too much, but now, as Obama spends more and more, they blindly support him.

    It must be sad to look your children in the eye and lie to them.

    April 14, 2009 04:38 pm at 4:38 pm |
  25. Moe NY

    LOL...It wa fiscal insanity under the republicans, and it is not Pelosi's recession...it is the republicans recession. These republicans/conservatives are the ones to blame, it just amazes me the lies still coming out of their mouths. This will be the Tea Party for the ultra rich. I can just hear their speech now...filled with more lies and hate. The party of NO new ideas.

    April 14, 2009 04:42 pm at 4:42 pm |
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