April 14th, 2009
08:36 PM ET
14 years ago

GOP encourages supporters to send virtual tea bags to top Dems

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WASHINGTON (CNN) – If Republican National Chairman Michael Steele gets his wish, four top Democrats may be getting a lot of unsolicited e-mail messages on Tax Day.

In an e-mail message sent to supporters Tuesday evening, Steele encourages supporters of the Republican Party to send virtual tea bags to President Obama, Vice President Biden, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi of California or Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid of Nevada.

“I don't know about you,” Steele writes in the message, “but I don't believe there is anything patriotic about giving more of your hard-earned money to the government to bankroll the liberal Democrats' agenda.”

“Let them know enough is enough,” adds Steele.

The message contains a link to a Web page that allows users to pick Obama, Biden, Pelosi or Reid – or any combination of the four - as recipients of a message. Users also have their pick of four different virtual tea bags that will appear on virtual postcards generated by the site on their behalf. The postcard includes a written message that lets Democrats know the virtual tea bag is being sent “to protest your plans to raise taxes on every American this Tax Day.”

Steele’s message, which also seeks donations to the RNC, comes one day before the April 15 deadline for filing federal tax returns and also the date of several ‘tea party’ events planned across the country. The gatherings are an effort to protest the Obama administration’s policies on taxes, borrowing and spending by the federal government.

Related: Organizers gear up for national 'Tax Day Tea Party'

Organizers for the Chicago “tea party” recently turned down a request by Steele to speak at that event.

Responding to the Republicans, Democratic National Committee spokesman Hari Sevugan said, "Didn't Michael Steele get rejected from a 'tea party?' I hope he sent an invite to himself."

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