They said this point is proved by the fundraising links that are immediately adjacent to the description of the report — complete with an Internet link to it — on the various campaign-oriented Web pages that it was posted on. But Burns said most campaign Web sites have such fundraising links, emphasizing that it is a function of the Internet software.
The Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee, which the NRCC says also used this report to raise money, denied doing so.
“At one point we sent out an e-mail that included a link to a news report about the Slaughter report, but we never solicited for money or even put it on our Web site,” said a DCCC aide.
Politically, the Republicans’ criticism should have no effect on Slaughter. She has been a popular officeholder in the Rochester area for 32 years, including the previous 20 in Congress.
Her district gave Sen. John Kerry (D-Mass.) a 62 percent to 36 percent edge over President Bush in 2004.
Coincidentally, PoliticsNY.net, a political Web site in western New York, quoted unnamed sources Friday saying that Erie County Executive Joel Giambra (R), a former Democrat whose poll numbers have been sinking in recent months, was contemplating challenging Slaughter in November.
Giambra’s county government spokesman did not respond to a Roll Call telephone message Friday.