Speaker Nancy Pelosi has an outgoing New Year’s Eve wish, asking House campaign supporters to give money to fight back against “shameful attack ads” that use her to target vulnerable Democrats.
In a new fundraising letter for the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee, the Californian thanks donors for their “dedication to making change a reality for millions of our fellow Americans,” without mentioning that Democrats lost control of the House in November and that in less than two weeks, Rep. John Boehner (R-Ohio) will become Speaker.
Instead, Pelosi asks donors to “chip in $10” to combat “shadowy special interest front groups [that] are already up on radio and television with shameful attack ads aimed at reversing the progress we’ve made.”
She doesn’t name the organization, but Pelosi is likely referring to the $400,000 ad buy from American Crossroads in mid-December. The outside group ran radio ads in 12 districts against Democrats who narrowly won re-election last month. The ads linked the Democrats to Pelosi, which proved to be an effective strategy for the GOP in the 2010 cycle.
“If Democrats fall behind in these final critical days, we’ll have to spend months playing catch-up while the opponents of progress ring in 2011 with a big head start on their repeal agenda,” Pelosi wrote.
Donations before the Friday deadline will be matched “dollar-for-dollar by a group of generous Democrats,” she added.
Pelosi noted Democratic accomplishments such as health care reform and financial regulatory reform and said special interests are aiming to roll back those measures.
“In the year ahead, we will make critical decisions about the challenges we face that will shape the lives of our children and grandchildren for decades to come. I will not stop fighting to protect the progress we have made,” Pelosi wrote. “Together we’re going to make this happen.”
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