House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) advised her email list recipients to “never forget and never forgive” while soliciting donations in a Sunday email following the confirmation of Brett Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court.
The email’s donation hyperlinks connect to ActBlue, a 501(c)4 nonprofit facilitating fundraising for Democrats and the broader left, and the donation page promises donors that their money will be used to “support President Obama’s legacy.”
Pelosi’s fundraising solicitation email claims that 99 percent of the DCCC’s donations come from “grassroots supporters.”
The email states:
I’ve never been as angry as I am right now.
Republicans’ shameful choice to confirm Brett Kavanaugh makes me sick.
Mark my words: I will NOT let Mitch McConnell and Donald Trump claim this victory.
I need 10,000 of you with me before midnight to send McConnell and Trump a terrifying message they can’t ignore:
Brett Kavanaugh WILL go down in history as the worst vote Republicans ever took—and the vote that cost them control of Congress.
Suggested Support: $1 to defeat every pro-Kavanaugh Republican
We have to show Republicans that we will never forget and never forgive.
Mitch McConnell and Donald Trump MUST be stripped of their power.
Please pitch in $1 right away:
Chip in $1 immediately >>
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ActBlue currently boasts of having raised over $2.8 billion since 2004. According to Open Secrets, ActBlue raised over $829 million in 2018.
ActBlue is the largest tax-exempt organization engaged in political activities. It is over 20 times larger than the second-largest such organization in terms of total receipts in 2018. It has spent over 169 time more than the second-largest such organization thus far into 2018.
Open Secrets describes such organizations—registered as “527 groups” with the IRS—as follows:
527 groups are tax-exempt organizations that engage in political activities, often through unlimited soft money contributions. Most 527s on this list are advocacy groups trying to influence federal elections through voter mobilization efforts and so-called issue ads that tout or criticize a candidate’s record. 527s must report their contributors and expenditures to the IRS, unless they already file identical information at the state or local level. The figures below are taken from 527 group filings with the IRS.
Pelosi accused Republican senators of having “done violence” to the Supreme Court’s reputation in a Saturday-published tweet:
Pelosi also waxed biblical via Twitter on Saturday, invoking the Genesis story of Adam and Eve: