Washington (CNN) - As Congressional leaders Thursday tried to avert a government shutdown, some political leaders saw an opportunity to fundraise and rally their supporters.
The executive director of the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee sent out an appeal asking for a minimum $5 donation saying the organization wants to raise $100,000 in the next 36 hours.
"Show the GOP we WON'T let them get away with it. Help us call them out with a gift of $5 or more to the DSCC's Shut Them Down Project. We need to raise $100,000 in the next 36 hours to call out the GOP extremists and preserve our Senate majority," wrote Guy Cecil in an email titled "Shutdown." Cecil has a tough job ahead of him as he tries to keep Democrats in control of the Senate after next year's election.
He said as the shutdown and budget battles go on "we'll be watching their every move. Your gift helps us keep up the fight."
Republican Congresswoman Michele Bachmann, Minnesota, penned a message to her political action committee's supporters Thursday as well. She asked them to sign a "Support Conservative Budget Cuts" petition online.
"Your conservative representatives in Washington are working tirelessly to advance our agenda of spending cuts and smaller government," Bachmann wrote.
"Time is running out – we need your signature right now so please follow this link to sign the petition. After signing, you'll be given the opportunity to make a donation to Michele PAC's efforts to circulate this petition to fellow conservative activists," she said. In the appeal, she asked for a donation of $25-$50 to cover the cost of sending the petition to 10,000-20,000 activists.
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