As government shutdown looms some see opportunity
April 7th, 2011
06:31 PM ET
9 years ago

As government shutdown looms some see opportunity

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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Filed under: Budget • Government Shutdown
soundoff (15 Responses)
  1. S. In California - Obama 2012

    Where can I make a donation?

    April 7, 2011 06:34 pm at 6:34 pm |
  2. GOP = Greed Over People

    These two vultures picking over the remains of still warm victims is both beneath contempt and loathsome.

    April 7, 2011 06:53 pm at 6:53 pm |
  3. T'sah from Virginia

    ROTHLMAO!!!!! At least the Democrats are asking fora base amount of $5!!!!

    Well, I guess this will always happen and people are dumb enough to donate – therefore, there's nothing wrong with it!!

    What's wrong is how the Tea Party got Donald Trump on the TOP as being who they want to run against President Obama! That shows how much the far-right is in their own little world and REALLY BELIEVE they represent all of America!!!


    April 7, 2011 06:53 pm at 6:53 pm |
  4. Jill

    I am a federal employee with 38 years of service, I am willing to contribute to help if they come up with a tiered process by grade of a number of days to take off. But no one in congress should vote without a prvission to move their funding source into an area where they can participate in the pain. We know they can do it the pass the legislation, I actually heard one of them say on yv they are essential. Yeah essential to clean up the mess they made without pain, grow up do your jobs you are still getting paid to act like children.....

    April 7, 2011 06:54 pm at 6:54 pm |
  5. one voice

    I sent my 100.00 bucks, we need to fight these greedy corporate shill with all we got!!!

    April 7, 2011 06:54 pm at 6:54 pm |
  6. DC Insider

    I am glad that this shut down is #1 on the President's Agenda. This just in, he delayed the meeting an hour...I wonder why? Maybe he is releasing another "Campaign Video for 2012." Seriously, does our President even take this shutdown seriously?

    Someone nudge Hillary Clinton, this is her time to step up and shine. Please consider a run in 2012, we are sorry we doubted you, and picked the wrong candidate. This current POTUS is not the one we want answering the phone at 3am.

    April 7, 2011 06:56 pm at 6:56 pm |
  7. John

    The republicans and the so called tea party don't care about the people, they are going to get paid anyway. They don't care about social security because they are going to get a nice pension for being in congress, they don't care about medicare, they can go to Walter Reed and treated for nothiing . They are the biggest pieces of crap we have ever had in congress and come next election we will see how long they will be here.

    April 7, 2011 07:10 pm at 7:10 pm |
  8. Republican Robber Baron

    Please stop the partisan games and make some common sense budget cuts that do not impact the middle-class or poor that need it. Why all the posturing over Culture War lightning rod issues that don't even save 1% of of the budget? Planned Parenthood and NPR hardly get any $. Boener needs to stop sweating or crying and make some real cuts. Defense spending is more than the rest of the world's military combined...why are they so chicken to cut defense?

    April 7, 2011 07:19 pm at 7:19 pm |
  9. Alex Rosenbeck

    The reason why the budget has not been agreed upon is; because we have old dogs doing old tricks. Neither party has put cuts on the table for all teh welfare checks we send to other countries. We need to cut the amount of money sent overseas by 50% and put American's interest first. We need to cut subsidies to oil companies by 100% and use this money for alternative energy. We need to cut defense by a minimum of 20%. We need to cut all those crazy earmarks such as; $450 millinon for F14 Enginees when the F14 is obsolete. $3 mil to remove gamg member tataoos, they put them on, let them pay to take them off. We need stipulations and regualtions in the budget so when a program is what happen at NASA, we are not still spending $100 mil a month for a program that has been canceled. This money can go back intio a pool and used towards the next budget. In California I proposed a tax for mariied couples at $10 per month and singeles at $5 per month and Corporations depending on size at $100 – $500 per to be used for education and solely for education with restrictions that it cannot be cut or borrowed by State or locat government. This would raise over $2.8 BILLION per year for education. Yet, Governor Brown (Crypt Keeper), Senator Boxer and Senator Emmeron has NOT responded. Like President Obama always says, if you have a better way to raise money for education; let me hear it??

    April 7, 2011 07:23 pm at 7:23 pm |
  10. grvol

    No surprise that the D message is accusatory, hateful and full of lies. Stalin tactics. The R appeal just asks for their supporter's support.

    April 7, 2011 07:26 pm at 7:26 pm |
  11. Enough!

    I am tired of hearing how it is one side or the other's fault. At this point, I don't want to see another extension just so the bickering can go on for another week. You were "hired" to do a job. If that includes compromise, so be it. GET THE JOB DONE! The tea-party does not represent me. Never has, never will. And I do not want my representatives being held hostage by a group that does not wish to see our President succeed. I did not agree with George Bush on things either, but I did not want to see our country destroyed over people scared of their own shadows because of a re-election threat.

    April 7, 2011 07:28 pm at 7:28 pm |
  12. Krystal

    This is the most ridiculous situation I have ever read. My husband is active-duty military. For the first time since the 1970s military will have to go to work but not get paid b/c the elected officials on Capitol Hill cannot pull up their big boy pants and figure this out. And this situation is an opportunity for fundraising?? Are you kidding me? People might not be able to feed their families, but they should give $5 so the other party can be beat in the next election? I think someone missed April Fools Day b/c this certainly has to be a joke.

    April 7, 2011 07:32 pm at 7:32 pm |
  13. joe

    what am i paying those clowns for, forget politics, do your jobs and represent the people paying you for once, cut everything at an equal percent if we have enough or more so don't spend it, save it...

    April 7, 2011 07:43 pm at 7:43 pm |
  14. jenn, philadelphia

    Instead of trying to raise money to "call out" the Republicans, maybe the Democrats can turn this in to a telethon. This is a budget that should have been debated, voted on and passed last year. Why is it considered unreasonable to insist on fiscal responsibility? And please, none of the "where were you when George Bush ran up the deficit" crap. I didn't like it when he did it either. And that argument is the equivalent of "he did it too", the only thing missing is I can't see you stick your tongue out.

    April 7, 2011 07:56 pm at 7:56 pm |
  15. MAC

    It is irresponsible to not cut spending at the federal government level. The politicians are spending money they do not have, the democrats worse than the republicans, but they are both guilty. THe only way we will get rid of the debt is to raise everyones taxes and stop the welfare give aways.

    April 7, 2011 08:18 pm at 8:18 pm |