April 14th, 2009
03:00 PM ET
14 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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soundoff (94 Responses)
  1. GOP is done!

    Question: How many Republicans on here will donate the extra money that Obama has put into their paychecks to the GOP?

    Answer: Less than 50%

    April 14, 2009 05:14 pm at 5:14 pm |
  2. demwit

    I got a $200 tax return this year..., screw your kids future tax burden!!

    April 14, 2009 05:15 pm at 5:15 pm |
  3. Tulsa L

    I see where Palin gets this blame game......all republicans are the same, now you blame call this recession the "Pelosi Recession"......hey stupids its the Bush Recession.........

    April 14, 2009 05:16 pm at 5:16 pm |
  4. Sammy

    Now the democrats are responsible for the recession? Wow.

    April 14, 2009 05:17 pm at 5:17 pm |
  5. demwit

    SO WHAT if every America will owe an extra $100,000 10 years from now..., only the rich will pay for it!!

    April 14, 2009 05:18 pm at 5:18 pm |
  6. To SLM

    I believe you need to read up on your history. All of this nonsense is a farce. Its made up. It does not exist. Its run by rich people who own interests in media, promoted by uber rich media who have a vested interested in parroting these attacking points so their own tax rates are not raised a mere 3%.

    Where was all the phony outrage when Reagan ran the country and the rwealthiest amongst us were paying 10% more than they will be doing under Obama???!!!! Huh? Where was all the Socialist BS about your man Reagan??

    Its 3% you fool!

    And knock it off with the whole the rich pay for those who choose not to work meme. That is so 80's of you. The wellfare State is a fraction of what it used to be and even in the 80's it wasn't that much compared to all the Big Buz/Corp wellfare still going on today.

    April 14, 2009 05:19 pm at 5:19 pm |
  7. FreeNLovIt

    This is not a Tea Party. THis is THUG Party. I am still waiting for the ELEPHANTS to pay off the 5 trilion dollars left by giving W a blanck check. Where's the beef?

    April 14, 2009 05:20 pm at 5:20 pm |
  8. Bev - NYC

    The Republicans have no shame. They outsource their protest to the poorly educated, lower income types, so their rich buddies don't look greedy and entitled when they complain about paying their fair share. Then to add insult to injury they hit up the people struggling the most for a donation, PRICELESS. Wake up people most of you idiot tea baggers are getting a tax cut, more than a few of you blue hairs receice social socurity and medicare, want to give that up? Will Fox news, Cavuto, Hannity et al protest when you lose your home or job, or will you be expected to pull yourself up by your bootstraps?

    April 14, 2009 05:20 pm at 5:20 pm |
  9. Enlightened Voter

    Obama Victim – sorry, you couldn't pay me to attend one of those tea parties, I have a conscience....

    April 14, 2009 05:28 pm at 5:28 pm |
  10. Brian G, Sugar Land, TX

    GOP = capitalism at its worst!

    Did ya ever consider that the Repubs, knowing they were gonna lose the election, created the financial crisis and first hand out of money so the capitalists could hide it in Grand Cayman and all retire to Burmuda? If you recall the original draft of the the bail out money was only three pages with no controls or accountability.

    Hey, do you think that Tom Clancey just makes up all that stuff?

    April 14, 2009 05:29 pm at 5:29 pm |
  11. tee

    Sad, sad, GOP

    April 14, 2009 05:29 pm at 5:29 pm |
  12. DB

    Tomorrow will be a good day to make another contribution to the DNC. If I were a Republican I would be so embarrassed by this Tea Party crap that I would change parties immediately....and please don't dress up in silly costumes - the rest of the world doesn't need to see that.

    April 14, 2009 05:29 pm at 5:29 pm |
  13. Dan, TX

    Taxes can be too high and they can be too low. Reagan and Clinton had it right. Let's get back to those tax rates.

    April 14, 2009 05:31 pm at 5:31 pm |
  14. To Mississippi Mike

    @Mississippi Mike-
    You meant to say 3% right? You are true to your party and your State. Fear mongering, hate mongering, misinformed bigots. If you think your wealth is made purely by yourself you are mistaken. Your wealth trickles up from the backs of the less fortunate. Its how the gears in our economy keeping grinding away. If there was no one under you you'd have NO money to be made.

    Keep fooling yourself about the Democrats and Obama. Right back to the Reagan years with a tax rate of 49% compared to Obama's 39% you idiot!

    April 14, 2009 05:31 pm at 5:31 pm |
  15. Lynn

    Maybe those donations will raise the confidence level of the Republicans to deal with the economy from 24% to 24.5%. Seems a tremendous wate of monet!!

    April 14, 2009 05:35 pm at 5:35 pm |
  16. history makes us free from NC

    When I hear more about Fox News/Limbaugh et al and their tea parties, I am reminded of the Republican Putsch during Roosevelt's first term when they actually tried to take over the government and institute a fascist state because they worried about their loss of fortunes! I hope our news media is more on top of our current crazy bastards this time, but we should never forget that men like DuPont and Clark tried to topple our government because they wanted complete financial freedom to do whatever they want. These teabaggers remind me unfortunately too much of those men of the 1930's. We who forget our history are doomed to repeat it.

    ….”Alarmed by Roosevelt’s plan to redistribute wealth from the rich to the poor, a group of millionaire businessmen, led by the Du Pont and J.P. Morgan empires, plans to overthrow Roosevelt with a military coup and install a fascist government. The businessmen try to recruit General Smedley Butler, promising him an army of 500,000, unlimited financial backing and generous media spin control. The plot is foiled when Butler reports it to Congress."

    April 14, 2009 05:35 pm at 5:35 pm |
  17. frank Honolulu HI

    Pelosi recession? Republicans are still scum of the earth. They're going to blame someone else for this economy? I hope they go down like the Titanic.

    April 14, 2009 05:43 pm at 5:43 pm |
  18. catmom

    Tax cuts according to Republicans would result in jobs. Where are the jobs? That's what they should be asking at the tea parties. Where are the jobs?

    April 14, 2009 05:45 pm at 5:45 pm |
  19. Allen

    I wonder if the NRCC is going to let people claim a charitable deduction for donations?
    For all you Republicans protesting paying taxes, think of it this way: about $9,000,000,000,000 (nine trillion) of the national debt was run up by Republican presidents. When you help pay off that amount you can rightly protest the amount run up by Obama and the other Democrats.

    April 14, 2009 05:46 pm at 5:46 pm |
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