September 22nd, 2010
03:23 PM ET
4 years ago

Angle touts fundraising through conservative media

(CNN) - At a house party earlier this month, Republican Nevada Senate candidate Sharron Angle raved about how she uses "friendly press outlets" to make direct fundraising appeals to conservative viewers.

"[It's] not so much the guy that's interviewing me-it's their audience that I'm trying to reach," Angle said, according to audio posted online by well known Nevada political journalist Jon Ralston. "So, if I can get on Rush Limbaugh, and I can say, 'Harry Reid needs $25 million. I need a million people to send $25 to SharronAngle.com'…The day I was able to say that [I] made $236,000 dollars."

"When I said it on Sean Hannity's television show we made $40,000 before we even got out of the studio in New York," Angle added.


Angle was explicit in her explanation of what makes a "friendly press outlet."

"I'm going on Bill O'Reilly the 16th. They say, 'Bill O'Reilly, you better watch out for that guy, he's not necessarily a friendly,' Doesn't matter-his audience is friendly," she said.

"When I get a friendly press outlet-not so much the guy that's interviewing me-it's their audience that I'm trying to reach," Angle explained.

Angle's spokesman could not confirm whether it's the campaign's official position that it's appropriate to use media interviews to fundraise.

"All she says here is that when she is able to reach national audiences, viewers respond by showing financial support," spokesman Jarrod Agen told CNN. "…The more people hear Sharron speak, the more they like her and want to support her."

Angle's opponent, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, has out-raised the Tea Party-backed candidate by a more than 5-to-1 margin and has more than five times more cash on hand than her, according to OpenSecrets.

According to a CNN/Time/Opinion Research Corporation poll released September 15, the race between Reid and Angle is statistically deadlocked, with 42 percent of likely voters supporting Angle and 41 percent backing Reid.


Filed under: 2010 • Harry Reid • Nevada • Sharron Angle
soundoff (4 Responses)
  1. Kenneth

    This choosing of the media candidates will appear on only hides the insights into what a candidate is all about. Wouldn't it be novel if the News organizations only reported about the candidates and never interview them or but them on TV.

    September 22, 2010 03:28 pm at 3:28 pm |
  2. Lori in St Pete

    Why do reichwing women always look like they're ready to punch someone? There's enough hate and discontent in the world without electing it to serve the people of America. Thinking Americans won't vote for these voilent femmes.

    September 22, 2010 04:22 pm at 4:22 pm |
  3. Sniffit

    "All she says here is that when she is able to reach national audiences, viewers respond by showing financial support," spokesman Jarrod Agen told CNN. "…The more people hear Sharron speak, the more they like her and want to support her.""

    Ummm, no, what she said is that she selectively targets shows that give her access to audiences that are PREDISPOSED to consider what she says to be what they want to hear...and therefore are more likely to send her a check. In other words, she has ZERO interest in winning hearts and minds or defending her policy positions: she simply wants to tell people who already agree with her what they want to hear so she can reach deep into their pockets while they're nodding their heads to the cadence of her substanceless talking points like programmed automatons.

    September 22, 2010 04:22 pm at 4:22 pm |
  4. Sniffit

    What CNN and other "news" outlets should do is simply boycott these candidates right back. It's simple: If they won't come on your shows to have a civil discussion and answer questions that actually require critical thought, a working knowledge of the subject matter and, sometimes, to defend their position in a roundtable type discussion? Well, fine...DON'T REPORT ON THEM WHATSOEVER UNLESS THEY DO. Either that or at most give them nothing but short, roughshod airtime without bobblehead discussions or analysis: "so and so said such and such completely idiotic nonsense...NEXT STORY!" We know stupid when we hear it...we don't need Bobblehead 1 to tell us water is wet while Bobblehead 2 desperately rationalizes someone like Angle having claimed it's dry.

    September 22, 2010 04:36 pm at 4:36 pm |