Obama uses Newtown tragedy to raise campaign funds

by Peter Grady –


An email by the Obama campaign about the Newtown school shooting directs people to a page featuring a button asking for donations.


On Dec. 14, Adam Lanza, 20, breaking multiple gun laws, murdered 20 children and six adults at the Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn., Following the shooting the mainstream media immediately began calling for gun control, despite Connecticut already having some of the strictest gun control laws in the nation.


Chicago mayor Rahm Emmanuel  and longtime Obama supporter once said “you never want to let a serious crisis go to waste.”


Democratic lawmaker Rep. Jerrold Nadler has echoed similar sentiments regarding the Newtown tragedy saying Obama needs to “exploit” the issue in order to pass stricter gun control laws.


In an interview with Ed Schultz, Nadler was asked if the Newtown tragedy could finally give Democrats the boost they need to pass stronger gun control laws.


“I think we will be there if the president exploits it, and otherwise we’ll go on to the next” incident,” Nadler said.


Following Nadler’s statement the White House has appeared to indicate it fact intend to “exploit” the tragedy.


In an email sent Monday from David Axlerod, he calls on supporters to watch a video of the president’s speech Sunday evening to the families of the shooting victims.


“Last night, President Obama addressed the families of Newtown, offering the love and prayers of a nation, and vowing to use whatever power his office holds to protect our children from such unthinkable acts of violence,” Axelrod wrote. “He spoke from the heart — as a president and a parent.”


After clicking on the link to the video, readers are taken to a web page featuring a prominent “quick donate” button to the right of the video. People clicking on the donate button are then offered the option to give money to the campaign in amounts ranging from $5 -$1,000.


While the email does not explicitly call on people to donate, Axelrod says, “As we reflect on the lives lost last week, we must also, as the President urged, consider how each of us can play a part in making our country worthy of the memory of those little children.”


Axelrod’s email on the Newtown shooting provides not just one, but two links to the donate page with one above and the other below a picture of Barack Obama.



While many of the pages on Obama’s website offer people an opportunity to donate, very few of them are reachable primarily from a link in an email from leading operatives with the president’s campaign.


The donate button on a web page about the Newtown shooting is striking when one considers the Obama campaign won reelection with $14.2 million left over.

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3 Responses to Obama uses Newtown tragedy to raise campaign funds

  1. Retaliate says:

    With it being a news article on the BO site, it automatically has that donation button as it does with all news articles.

    So, there has been no specific effort by the Obama camp to place a donation button anywhere in quite the manner you seem to be suggesting… the donation button existed before the article was even written and posted.

    The claims of cynical behavior you’ve inferred seem to be poorly substantiated.

  2. mrspock says:

    @ Retaliate

    While you may be technically correct, the campaign could have made a conscious choice to deliberately remove the button for this particular article.

    Obama and his campaign have long boasted they are the most technologically savvy group in history. There have been numerous stories on how the Obama camp knows how to use technology effectively to get their message out.

    As one who works on computer systems and has done web page design I can tell you it would not have been that hard to instruct the webmaster to show some sensitivity to remove the button for this particular article.

    Regardless of the intentions of Obama at the very least it shows a callous disregard for the feelings of the families. The campaign must have felt “oh nobody will be bothered by this.” Of course, these are the same people who don’t want us to use words like “Chicago” because it is a racist “code word.”

    This is not simply a news story and for you to justify it by suggesting it is just another news piece like any other on the web site shows a true lack of compassion. Of course, this is the same administration that denies survivors and families of victims of the Ft. Hood massacre Purple Hearts by saying it was just a case of “workplace violence.”

  3. paulouize says:

    Once you get past technically correct, the rest is just speculation. Politicians use news all the time. Next thing that will be posted is that cigarettes are bad for you and the tobacco industry is involved with lobbyists.

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