Normally it has been the Obama campaign that has sent out pushy, obnoxious emails effectively demanding you pledge your loyalty to the cause, else you be considered a traitor to your values.
Today, however, the RNC gave the Obama campaign a run for their money when it comes to terrible tone. Social media has been abuzz with comments about a fundraising email which asks if the recipient has abandoned the Republican Party because they haven’t ponied up:
Did you abandon the Republican Party?
Chairman Priebus has written to you already this year asking you to contribute to the RNC and renew your membership. But we haven’t received your financial support yet this year.
Your past support has shown us that you believe in the Republican Party and the conservative principles we stand for. That’s why we still believe you haven’t given up on the Republican Party yet.
So we are giving you one more chance to renew your membership with the Republican National Committee.
Right now you are handing the advantage over to Democrats. That’s exactly what President Obama, Nancy Pelosi and Harry Reid want you to do. With committed Republicans like you sitting out in 2014, the Democrats are able to continue their liberal rampage on conservative principles.
2014 is our last chance to step in, step up, and take back the Senate to regain Republican control in Washington. Don’t turn your back on the Republican Party now.
Renew your membership with the Republican National Committee now and support our fight to defeat liberal Democrats.
As others have noted, you generally shouldn’t tell prospective donors that you’re “giving them one last chance” to make a contribution, especially considering you’re bound to ask them over and over again as the November elections inch closer.
It’s also patently offensive to accuse any Republican who hasn’t cut a check of “abandoning” the GOP. Plenty of us haven’t donated but have contributed to local candidates, our local committees and are investing our sweat and time knocking doors and reaching voters.
Luckily, this type of missive is atypical of the Republican Party — at least in my experience. Normally I am frustrated by some harsh toned letter from John McCain which references “shared values”, despite us not having as much in common as almost any other Republican in the Senate. I’d rather have those confusing emails.