April 14th, 2009
03:00 PM ET
11 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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  1. Tyler

    The GOP will stop at nothing. This is why the party is close to doomsville.

    April 14, 2009 03:45 pm at 3:45 pm |
  2. carlo

    Instead of encouraging people to do the lawful thing and pay their taxes, which, by the way, are still at the rate when Bush was in office, they are raising money from the top 1%. I hope the teabaggers know that they have been hoodwinked into thinking that they are fighting for their rights, when they're actually getting a tax cut, and the top 1% are getting a rate increase from 34% to 39%. Think they know? Nah.

    April 14, 2009 03:46 pm at 3:46 pm |
  3. BRENT

    The Republicans yearn for the days of the Bush Administration when they could spend and do anything they wanted without being accountable.

    April 14, 2009 03:47 pm at 3:47 pm |
  4. Franky

    Poor, poor Conservatives...they're acting like their wife cheated on them for the first time, LOL!!!

    Is hilarious!!! We just can't stop laughing and by the way, we say let em do what they gotta do, they make our jobs easy...

    April 14, 2009 03:48 pm at 3:48 pm |
  5. Lisa C

    The Pelosi Recession? Talk about delusional! Well I guess blaming someone other than those responsible makes them feel better about themselves. This is the epitome of The Emperor's New Clothes. Will somebody please tell NRCC they're naked and that we can see them? LMAO at these guys! Good grrrrief!

    April 14, 2009 03:49 pm at 3:49 pm |
  6. Chas

    Republicans had no problem with our economy when George Bush was in office. Now that the Republican Party is in the minority, they seem to be obsessed with fiscal responsibility. Dumb fools.

    April 14, 2009 03:49 pm at 3:49 pm |
  7. Rick

    "restore fiscal sanity and end the 'Pelosi recession.'"

    Amen, brother. And the damaged caused by the Obama/Pelosi economic policies will be felt for the next 20 years.

    April 14, 2009 03:50 pm at 3:50 pm |
  8. kayla

    This has Carl Rove written all over it. And it's been approved by Rush Limbaugh. Enough said.

    April 14, 2009 03:50 pm at 3:50 pm |
  9. Kimberly from Houston, TX

    8 years under Bush and the GOP haven't cost us enough already?
    "Tea Party" garbage, how about some real policies from the GOP instead!

    April 14, 2009 03:51 pm at 3:51 pm |
  10. Allison28

    This is about all the Republicans can offer to boost our economy. Give them more money!!!!! HA!

    April 14, 2009 03:52 pm at 3:52 pm |
  11. Enlightened Voter

    The Republicans gave gwb and blank check to invade and rebuild Iraq which bankrupted this country. President Obama is trying to rebuild and restore this country, America, and republikcans find fault with that and want to criticize? Where was their fiscal responsibility for the last 8 years?

    April 14, 2009 03:54 pm at 3:54 pm |
  12. REED

    Republicans are now begging for money to help fund their worn-out, out-dated and hateful attacks on all the sinners of the world. Just who do they think is left to toss them a dime?

    April 14, 2009 03:54 pm at 3:54 pm |
  13. Obama Victim

    don't be an Obama victim too...............join us at the tea parties and send the message of low taxes wise spending, and individual freedon from oppressive taxes.....if you don't want to do it for yourself.....do it for your kids

    April 14, 2009 03:56 pm at 3:56 pm |
  14. Lynn

    I thought this was a populist, grassroot movement? Seems more like the same smeary. "boogeyman tactics of the Republicans and the wingnuts at Fox News.

    April 14, 2009 03:59 pm at 3:59 pm |
  15. Lee M, Egg Harbor NJ

    This year I'm paying Bush's (republican) taxes.

    Next year I'm paying Obama's. In a few weeks my paycheck will increase because of Obama's tax cut. It will increase for every worker below a few hundred thousand a year in salary.

    Republicans have become the masters of the Big Lie propaganda technique.

    Since Reagan, they have become the party of gross fiscal irresponsibility.

    April 14, 2009 03:59 pm at 3:59 pm |
  16. John from California

    Over 95% Americans just received a tax cut and this republican media circus just goes to show how out-of-touch they really are.

    One one hand the republicans say we need to fix the deficit but, they want to reduce the revenue from the Americans that can afford to pay their fair share, the 5% that pay very little compared to the majority of us middle class workers.

    This is the old republican something for nothing promise that always seems to come back to the middle class paying more.

    April 14, 2009 04:03 pm at 4:03 pm |
  17. Laura in Phoenix

    the whole idea behind the Boston Tea party was taxation WITHOUT representation – These teabagging bozos don't undertstand that the only folks getting a tax increase under Obama are the ultra rich! They don't even understand the tax code and its graduated system – you don't get taxed at 39% until you earn in personal income over $250,000. – Then, that tax rate is only applied to the earnings over that amount. So if you make $250,001.00, you are only taxed on $1.00 at the higher rate.

    Get you head out of the TV and pay attention – use your spare time to understand the facts and stop listening to a bunch of morons who only want to whip you into a frenzy to enhance THEIR agenda – NOT YOURS!

    April 14, 2009 04:05 pm at 4:05 pm |
  18. skip

    Why would anybody give them more money to finish what they started complete collapse of our economy and never ending wars. Do really want to put them back in charge.

    April 14, 2009 04:09 pm at 4:09 pm |
  19. Bebe Phillips

    It is the top 1% of taxpayers who will attend the Tea Parties, "carlo".

    April 14, 2009 04:09 pm at 4:09 pm |
  20. vet in texas

    all this for 3%........I wonder how many people will have the gumption enough when they see how much less their taxes will be next year to say they were hoodwinked, bamboozeled, and led astray by people who really don't care for them becasue they don't make enough money....their alternate stimulus plan was just that.....only for those with $500k of assets or more......

    April 14, 2009 04:11 pm at 4:11 pm |
  21. Laura, Boston MA

    The "tea party" is the average Americans way of saying "we have had enough". Enough spending dems, enough pork in the stimulus, enough pay raises for Congress. The average American is doing without annual increases in our paychecks (if we have a paycheck).

    I live where the original Tea Party orginated and these parties are being held (as it mentions in the above article) to tell both Dems and Reps. that they need to curtail spending.


    April 14, 2009 04:11 pm at 4:11 pm |
  22. Veronica

    LOL – that's funny. The party who saw to it that we got as close to 'crash and burn' for eight years, and who offers absolutely nothing in the way of solutions whatsoever to the current crisis, wants money in order to try and gain back power. That's like letting the fox back into the hen house to finish off the rest of the hens ... you can't make this stuff up, kids!!

    April 14, 2009 04:12 pm at 4:12 pm |
  23. dave

    I would gladly donate to the cause if it included establishing a state that more closely resembles Republican ideals:

    * No taxes. This means no roads, schools, police, hospitals, unemployment insurance, etc, etc. It's kind of like anarchy, just not as well funded.
    * Rule by religious standards. You know, like in cool places like Iran.
    * Fighting with your neighbors. It's only a matter of time before somebody will piss us off, so let's just go ahead and attack them now. It's what cool people like Sadam Hussein, Stalin, and Hitler did.
    * No outsiders. Sure, immigration was a critical part of what made America great, but look how well off Cuba is with closed borders.

    Not that I would want to live in such a backwater place, but I'd be happy to see the Republicans have a place to go that doesn't affect me.

    April 14, 2009 04:12 pm at 4:12 pm |
  24. Bebe Phillips

    Democrats (Obama supporters) are pretending that it is no American to express dissent in the USA peacefully. But I can recall months/years back when all George Bush got from them was hate and dissent. Instead of forming Tea Parties, they formed ACORN, headed by Obama himself. Don't be fooled.

    April 14, 2009 04:12 pm at 4:12 pm |
  25. Simpliticus

    Tax day no less! Once corporations and like minded Republicans had endless pockets of support for their like minded candidates but not anymore! But money is not as easily gotten any longer due to continued lackluster times! Republicans as pan-handlers are quite the notorious individuals. Tax day, a day of infamy for Republicans!

    April 14, 2009 04:13 pm at 4:13 pm |
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