Fundraising Appeals Draw Criticism

Posted December 31, 2009 at 2:36pm

The end-of-year campaign fundraising appeals are coming fast and furious, and while most are fairly generic and innocuous, a few have struck a nerve and provided ammunition for political opponents.

First was Rep. Peter Hoekstra, (R-Mich.) who has been slammed by Democrats for sending an e-mail soliciting funds while citing the attempted airline attack on Christmas Day. Hoekstra criticized the Obama administration’s response and asked for donations for his gubernatorial campaign, promising he would “stand up the Obama/Pelosi efforts to weaken our security.”

The e-mail even prompted a response from one of his opponents in the Republican primary for governor, businessman Rick Snyder, who sent out an e-mail to supporters entitled, “No Fundraising On Failed Terror Attacks.”

Then on Wednesday, ex-Hewlett-Packard CEO Carly Fiorina’s California Senate campaign seized on a fundraising e-mail from Sen. Barbara Boxer’s (D-Calif) son talking about how proud he was of his mom. While plenty of candidates use family surrogates to send out fundraising communiques, the Republican challenger sought to play up the irony of Doug Boxer’s solicitation, noting that he also serves as the senator’s PAC director, a service for which his consulting firm has been paid hundreds of thousands of dollars.