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. chuck

    The sun is quickly setting on the Republican Party.Thank God. This Party has brought the United States of American great shame throughout the world. Can you say with me the word RACIAL. Thank you.

    April 14, 2009 04:42 pm at 4:42 pm |
  2. Tom

    The loudest cryings are about the $700 billion TARP bailout of Wall Street. Which is fine. Except Congress authorized that six months ago—at the insistence of President George W. Bush. If they’re fuming about TARP, isn’t this party a little late?

    April 14, 2009 04:43 pm at 4:43 pm |
  3. GOP = 21st century dodo

    "Democrats (Obama supporters) are pretending that it is not patriotic 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."

    Nah, it's just that when one's head is not clouded by partisan talking points, FOX News propaganda, and specious reasoning, it becomes painfully clear just how silly this whole tea party exercise is.

    April 14, 2009 04:45 pm at 4:45 pm |
  4. Mike in MN

    The TEA PARTY protests are about the out of control and reckless spending by Obama that is creating massive deficits. To compare the Obama deficits to those of Bush is like comparing Godzilla to a small lizard. The only possible result of these Godzilla size deficits will be a bankrupt America or much higher taxes on even the middle class in the future. The TEA PARTY protesters want neither a bankrupt America or higher taxes, they want a government we can actually pay for rather it is run by Republicans or Democrats.

    April 14, 2009 04:46 pm at 4:46 pm |
  5. Ryanna

    I don't drink tea. Thank you.

    April 14, 2009 04:48 pm at 4:48 pm |
  6. kelly

    The tax rates have not increased in this country in 16 years, and they did under Bill Clinton in 1993. He increased one tax rate, the top tax rate, and President Bush then immediately cut it as his first order of business.

    So, all of the protests of the federal tax rates on April 15th, all of it, will be targeted at George W. Bush. I‘m not sure the protesters understand that.

    April 14, 2009 04:49 pm at 4:49 pm |
  7. Moderate Democrat

    The same people that couldn't protect us, couldn't win a war, and couldn't catch the culprit who bombed our towers....wants to it their way?

    Let their success stories (ZERO total) speak for themselves, whatever they advise...DO THE OPPOSITE. Their decisions end up losing wars, losing american cities, losing american jobs, losing 401ks, losing american image and losing american rights.

    April 14, 2009 04:49 pm at 4:49 pm |
  8. michaelam

    @Dave and Terry...........those posts were awesome. My co-workers are wondering what I am laughing so hard about. Great posts!

    BTW....."Newt" has his own website, yeah, obviously, but you can post comments to his "blogs." Kinda fun!

    April 14, 2009 04:50 pm at 4:50 pm |
  9. SLM

    Unbelievable how uniformed the majority of posts on this board. Doesn't anyone think that the government taking 60% of the average persons salary in taxes, fees and every other slick name used is enough?? Take a look at all that we are paying, it's not just income tax, it is also property taxes, sales taxes, gas taxes, taxes on your phone bill, electric bill, DMV fees. They take it from us so they can waste on their pork projects and "freebies" that they feel the need to hand out. Those who think this is a great policy are those who don't want to work!

    April 14, 2009 04:51 pm at 4:51 pm |
  10. David

    This is both funny and sad. Calling the current economic conditions the "Pelosi recession" is completely ridiculous. What a crock. I guess the party claiming to take personal responsibility is again showing it's not ever going to take any responsibility for anything.

    What in the world are these people protesting? The vast majority of them are getting a tax cut compared to GWB's administration. Where were their complaints then?

    The whole 'tea party' nonsense is being funded by RICH folks wanting to keep their tax cuts while those of us in the middle class continue to pay. People need to stop listening to the BS coming out of faux news and READ some things.

    Reviewing the stimulus bill would be a good place to start. It's on the library of congress web site. It's a lot of volume but would be educational for many who have never looked at any of it. The omnibus and free choice act are there too. Take the time to get the real facts instead of the rhetoric.

    April 14, 2009 04:51 pm at 4:51 pm |
  11. Tom

    Kelly you are exactly correct. They don't understand that.

    April 14, 2009 04:52 pm at 4:52 pm |

    This is such a sad day in America, how stupid is this. We have elected official in our cities and states that should be speaking for the American people, this stupid TEA PARTY is just embarassing. People the world is watching how embarassing is this. The GOP has stooped to their lowest point. Come on Newt, Limbaugh and that idiot on Fox who says they will be at the tea party because after all they covered the Million Man March, really, Fox aired in 1986, the march was in 1985 what an idiot. @ Rick are you kidding, we are feeling the effects of the past administration, I ask you where is the surplus Clinton left Bush, that's right is pissed it away in two wars, one of which we should have never been in (IRAQ). The bottom line people, the days of Rich staying Rich is over you will pay your share of taxes.

    April 14, 2009 04:53 pm at 4:53 pm |
  13. Jim Hahn

    The republicans are bordering on becoming the current version of the Keystone Kops.

    If this is the brightest idea they can come up with, we're all in big trouble. Thankfully President Obama will go down as one of the greatest presidents in this country's history, coming on the heals of the 7th worst and the worst in the last one hundred years.

    BTW, I got my tax cut and it's nearly worth a tank of gas every two weeks. I think my tax cut under the Bush administration amounted to 3 cents.

    April 14, 2009 04:54 pm at 4:54 pm |
  14. Lori

    Is it just me or is anyone else out there peed off that the Republicans are going to be wasting thousands of our tea bags during these tough economic times? O.K. I'll let them have their fun. They haven't had much to smile about in a long time.

    April 14, 2009 04:56 pm at 4:56 pm |
  15. Ray Fisher

    How ironic for the GOP to protest their own tax laws as the President has been too occupied cleaning Georgie's droppings to have time for tax reform!!! My lord our President is barely treading water despite the Grand Obstructionist Party and their feeble attempts at being relevant!!!

    April 14, 2009 04:58 pm at 4:58 pm |
  16. I can see Canada from my house!

    Keep it up, Newt & Co: you are dooming yourself into irrelevance. The people attending these tea parties are the same people who feel offended when the Girl Scouts come to their door to seel cookies.

    Pathetic. Utterly pathetic. No morals, no responsibility for supporting greed.No admission of doing anything wrong. Thats what Conservatism has been reduced to.

    April 14, 2009 04:59 pm at 4:59 pm |
  17. Keith in Austin

    My bet is that a lot of Dems will be supporting Tax Day tea parties too. Those supporting Obama's pork-laden spending are the same one's expecting government handouts on the backs of hard working Americans paying the largest percentage of the taxes.

    April 14, 2009 05:02 pm at 5:02 pm |
  18. Gary

    The republicans are nothing more than a punchline to a bad joke.

    Only the frothing far right fringers and those with an IQ that matches their shoe size take this tea party nonsense seriously. They're being made dupes by Fox and lobbyists like Dick Armey who have once again convinced a few to rail against their own best interests.

    They provide comedic relief – it's funny to think there people this ignorant in our country. Thank goodness a large portion of the stimulus is heading toward education.

    April 14, 2009 05:04 pm at 5:04 pm |
  19. Irma in North Carolina

    Boy this is joke what the republicans are doing? Wonder if there will be any republicans who attend these events. What the republicans shoud be doing is giving some good comments how the president handled the Pirate deal. If they want to act this way the president and the democrats should not pay any attention to them. Just let them hang them selves.

    April 14, 2009 05:05 pm at 5:05 pm |
  20. Mike in VA

    Get ready to land hard liberals!

    April 14, 2009 05:05 pm at 5:05 pm |
  21. Len, Colorado

    The only donation I will make is voting Democratic in 2010 and 2012!!!

    GOP is nothing but a Hate and Fear party!!!

    April 14, 2009 05:09 pm at 5:09 pm |
  22. Mississippi Mike

    For those of us who actually write a check to Uncle Sam every year, we've had enough. Just because I make good money doesn't mean my tax rate should rise exponentially until I am worse off than the person who does nothing but collects welfare benefits.

    I really think that only the people who pay into the tax system should be able to vote. Then you wouldn't be talking about the death of the GOP.

    April 14, 2009 05:09 pm at 5:09 pm |
  23. arithmetic is liberal

    I'm anxious to hear the speeches.

    I'm sure not a single one will be on taxes.

    Here are the expected topics: gay marriage, ACORN, bowing to a Saudi king, abortion, Sean Hannity's tupee,

    Why can't conservatives just call tomorrow what it is: Hatefest '09

    April 14, 2009 05:10 pm at 5:10 pm |
  24. Dean

    What a waste of Tea, Fixed oh I mean Fox news has trumped this tea party crap up way too much. I'm getting a tax cut from the Obama plan.
    These fat cats like Limbaugh should be paying out the nose on taxes

    April 14, 2009 05:13 pm at 5:13 pm |
  25. Mari

    ************ Please Post CNN*******************************************

    What's funny about the "tea party" is that the GOP has convinced their minions to get angry and protest ......

    1. The ending of the Bush Tax Cuts for the wealthiest 1%! Trust me, the folks that earn $250,000 and more annually wont be protesting!

    2. The GOP has been ranting about the spending and the deficit! BUT.... where were these "so-called-fiscal-conservatives" when Bush was spending billions monthly in Iraq??? And hiding the actual cost of the war from the American people???

    3. Can you IMAGINE what the far-right would have done IF those of us............. who OPPOSED BUSH........... would have had our own "tea party" to protest............. Bush's illegal war?????

    They would have called us, UN-patriotic! Anti-American!

    BUT.......... its A-Okay for the far-right to protest!! Hypocrites!

    April 14, 2009 05:13 pm at 5:13 pm |
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