March 25th, 2010
04:22 PM ET
4 years ago

Democrats raise funds over threats of violence

Washington (CNN) – President Obama's political arm sent a fundraising solicitation Thursday highlighting several death threats against congressional Democrats in the days following Sunday's health care reform vote.

"The attacks are fierce. Deceptive ads are hitting the airwaves in swing districts. GOP lawmakers are pushing to repeal reform – and preventing the Senate from performing basic functions," Organizing for America Director Mitch Stewart writes in the e-mail to supporters. "A few Republican attorneys general have launched a baseless attack to overturn the legislation. But that's not even the worst of it.

He added, "A conservative blogger posted the home address of Congressman Tom Perriello, urging tea partiers to 'drop by.' Other members have had death threats. Democratic offices have been vandalized."

Politico reported Monday that a Tea Party activist in Lynchburg, Virginia, angry over Perriello's vote in favor of health care reform legislation, had posted the address of Perriello's brother online and encouraged other activists to "stop by" and weigh in on the bill. The activist had apparently meant to post the congressman's home address but mistakenly published his brother's.

The FBI and local law enforcement officials are investigating a "suspicious incident" at the home of the Congressman's brother. A line to the propane tank on his brother's gas grill had been "severed," an aide to the Democratic congressman told CNN.

Earlier in day, former Democratic National Committee Chairman Terry McAuliffe released a fundraising e-mail on behalf of Perriello.


Filed under: 2010 • Fundraising
soundoff (30 Responses)
  1. stop the nonsense

    A page out of the Republican handbook- take a tragedy and exploit it.
    When does all this end?

    March 25, 2010 04:26 pm at 4:26 pm |
  2. Moab

    Obama sure is the glue that is bringing this country together. What a joke. More divided and corrupt than ever under his leadership.

    March 25, 2010 04:31 pm at 4:31 pm |
  3. TCM

    Republicans are raising funds too....what's the matter? Are the liberals finally realizing they're destroying the country with their selfish socialistic moves? Endangering and destroying peoples futures?
    And they don't like it when someone tries to harm them or endanger their lives? Perhaps they should've stopped and listened when an overwhelming majority of the country said to kill the bill and start over. You reap what you sow.

    March 25, 2010 04:32 pm at 4:32 pm |
  4. Capt. Snarky

    And where was all this public outcry when the Republicans were recipients of threats of violence? Where was the media's attention?

    Take a look at the major political disturbance in recent history, and who's the ones rioting? Progressives, that's who.........

    March 25, 2010 04:33 pm at 4:33 pm |
  5. bj, Texas

    What do you expect stupid Dumbocrats? Most of America didn't want your obamacare. It will take decades to repair the damage to our country. This American can't wait for Nov 2010.

    March 25, 2010 04:35 pm at 4:35 pm |
  6. LacrosseMom

    Yes! And a warning to Republicans: You need to stop this hate before it bites you in the behind! We, Americans, do not like ....... bullies!

    March 25, 2010 04:36 pm at 4:36 pm |
  7. STOP

    It's one thing to call these lawless republicans out on the inciteful rhetoric, it's another thing to try and make money off of it. Dems, the republicans have given themselves enough rope to hang themselves by. Let's not make the rope any shorter.

    March 25, 2010 04:38 pm at 4:38 pm |
  8. Darko

    and who's the party of fear mongering again?

    March 25, 2010 04:40 pm at 4:40 pm |
  9. LeeT

    It is so sad to see that the people who feels as if they know better how to run the contrary (even though we never know what it is because the solution to every problem is to just be against everything the other party is for) can be so full of hate and anger. Bin Ladan is not the greatest threat to this country, it's people that take the word of someone in an influential position and be whipped into such a frenzy, that they will take the life of another human being just because they differ in opinion.

    March 25, 2010 04:43 pm at 4:43 pm |
  10. The lonely Libertarian of Liverpool NY

    Now that is showing the true colors of our elected officials, don't let any obstacle prevent you from using con artist techniques for more money from the "mark" or rather the voters. Hello these are corrupt people who will use any excuse to grift your money away from you.

    March 25, 2010 04:44 pm at 4:44 pm |
  11. Obama Victim

    opportunists?? ah, surely not

    March 25, 2010 04:45 pm at 4:45 pm |
  12. Michael Davidson

    Absolutely despicable! The conservative blogger who gave out the address of Congressman Perriello's brother should be arrested and charged. Posting someone's address on the internet in your blog knowing it will only add to the fire shows intent, especially encouraging those against health care reform to pay him a visit. There are idiots in our country stupid enough to take the information and do just that. If any harm comes to Perriello or his family this blogger should be held responsible as an accomplice.

    March 25, 2010 04:46 pm at 4:46 pm |
  13. Dan

    The Democrats are the Party of Fear now..... Never mind bullets fired at Republican offices, mean name-calling and possibly a barbarque grill damage = the bigger scare...

    March 25, 2010 04:48 pm at 4:48 pm |
  14. proud dem in nc

    These stupid, narrow minded right wingers (neo-nazis) are doing the Dems a favor. Their hateful rhetoric, spitting, brick throwing temper tantrums are turning people away from the Republican party. They are showing their TRUE COLORS!!!!. They are acting like a bunch of storm troopers.. Hopefully, many independents are turned off by their sick behavior and will vote Democratic in 2010 and 2012.

    March 25, 2010 04:48 pm at 4:48 pm |
  15. Texas Jack

    What do you expect the Democrats are being led by a muslim non-citizan who plunged right into getting his litte kill the old people health plan. This will all go up in smoke before it is over. If cooler heads in government don't start working for the people of the United Stats this affair is going to blow up in their faces.

    March 25, 2010 04:49 pm at 4:49 pm |
  16. Claudia, Houston, Tx

    This is no more than domestic terrorism and it must stop now because it threatens our national security for all.

    March 25, 2010 04:50 pm at 4:50 pm |
  17. Marie MD

    My family will be sending whatever we can afford to everyone on the quitter's hit list, including Perriello.
    We need to show these wanna be repug nazis that we have a democratic system and that includes voting power.
    If they don't like it they can go live in Iran or China. Let's see how far they get before they are mowed down by a tank!

    March 25, 2010 04:52 pm at 4:52 pm |
  18. Padraig

    This is not only happening to Democrats as our Fearless Leader is stating it has happened to Rep Cantor (R) as well. This is where our president has taken the country. The President of the United States is suppose to lead the nation which includes both parties. This does not happen on either the democrat or republican side. He needs to grow up and mature into a leader. He is failing to do this.

    The action should be from the President. This is not to be condoned. Bring in the Federal Marshalls and FBI to investigate any violent actions made.

    This shows you there are idots, nuts, mental lunatics on both sides.

    If you do not like to the person who is in office, vote them out.

    March 25, 2010 04:53 pm at 4:53 pm |
  19. LeeT

    The worst thing that ever happened to this country is not the narrow minded bigots, it's the deep pocket politicians. Whether we want to face it or not we have become a people that react to the direction of our favorite people without any research of our own. We take their word as absolute fact, ala Limbaugh, Hannity, Jackson, Sharpton, and others with enlarged egos, and hidden agendas and that is why our nation is in decline. Until we stop being so lazy and research the facts for ourselves we will remain nothing but puppets ready to dance at the next demonstration and hate someone that we know absolutely nothing about. WAKE UP AMERICA.

    March 25, 2010 04:54 pm at 4:54 pm |
  20. Pragmatic

    After listening to the vile verbal attacks on Congressman Stupack, I sent him a check for his re-election: He had the courage to take "pro-life" to mean both the born and unborn .... I believe in "choice" and his was as hard as any.

    Those calling, spitting, throwing stones, and yes... even shooting (Palin is the one encouraging everyone to "reload") are too low to step on and too slimy to kick. Hope "caller ID" will lead to lots of FBI visits,.. the line between "free speech" and being a domestic terrorist was crossed.

    March 25, 2010 04:55 pm at 4:55 pm |
  21. Thom Guerra

    The Democrats are sooooooo apalled by the alleged threats (their definition of "threat", of course). So they do the most natural thing they can think of – go out and solicit money for the party! It's time for both Democrats and Republicans to grow up or both parties will be surprised by the election results in November. The American public (rich, middle class and poor) is fed up with having to pay for our representatives/senators salaries for inaction or for their actions that result in more government programs that end up going broke (like social security).

    March 25, 2010 04:58 pm at 4:58 pm |
  22. Mike

    A lot of these complaints by the democrats has been made up. They are trying to deflect people from the real problem of the democrats ignoring the American people and voting for the health care deformity. When we send a message, it will be on election day in November.

    March 25, 2010 04:58 pm at 4:58 pm |
  23. Shirley In California

    The republicans are a disgraceful/disgusting band of people (I will never respect them again) and I pray God visits (Palin, McCain) and each one of them who are responsible for these acts.

    March 25, 2010 05:04 pm at 5:04 pm |
  24. rachel

    You must be mistaken Obama's advisors would never use these terrible events for political gain ohhh wait Obama's just a politican. Look at everyone on the right posting where are the videos why no arrests in regards to the threats on dems this past sunday and look at everyon on the Left saying oh Cantor is lying he got someone to shoot his office. Noone beleives anyone. The whole congress needs to go. I firmly beleive we need to START over with healthcare and more so with congress.

    March 25, 2010 05:12 pm at 5:12 pm |
  25. minnie

    What a bunch of immature, tantrum-throwing bullies who are having a complete hissy-fit because they can't have things their way, Shame on all of them! I hope their mothers find out what they're doing!

    March 25, 2010 05:21 pm at 5:21 pm |
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