The DNC is now using Wednesday’s tragic school shooting in Parkland, Florida to raise funds for the 2018 midterms.
A Thursday email from the Democratic National Committee, signed by chairman Tom Perez, featured an emotional plea asking recipients to sign a gun control petition–which then rerouted signers to a fundraising page.
“Yesterday afternoon, a 19-year-old with a weapon of war walked into Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida and opened fire, killing 17 people and injuring many others,” Perez wrote in an email reviewed by The Daily Caller.
“We have seen this happen too many times,” the DNC chair added. “This is not normal. This is not acceptable. This is not inevitable. It’s long past time for our leaders to stop pretending we are helpless in the face of such tragedy.”
In the email, Perez, who served as Barack Obama’s Secretary of Labor from 2013-2017, went on to accuse the National Rifle Association of obstructing government policies that would have prevented Wednesday’s shooting, which left 17 dead.
The email included an invitation to sign a petition telling Congress “it’s past time to take action to address our country’s gun violence epidemic.”
Anyone who filled out the petition was immediately redirected to a fundraising page. A line at the top of the page read “Your contribution will benefit Democratic National Committee (DNC).”
“We’re counting on you to help take on the gun lobby and elect Democrats who have the courage to address the epidemic of gun violence,” the fundraising module urged. “Chip in now.”
The email’s language was similar to a Perez’s remarks on social media.
My heart goes out to the victims and first responders of the senseless shooting at Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, FL. We have seen these atrocities too many times before — this is not normal, it is not acceptable, and it is not inevitable.
— Tom Perez (@TomPerez) February 14, 2018
DNC Vice Chairman Rep. Keith Ellison (D-Minn.) also blasted President Trump and the Republican party.
Many spectators of the horrific shooting have opted to donate their money to the Stoneman Douglas Victims Fund, an official GoFundMe created by the Broward Education Foundation to provide relief and financial support to the victims and their families.
As of Friday morning, the GoFundMe campaign had raised over $668,000.
— Broward Sheriff (@browardsheriff) February 15, 2018
Is political fundraising appropriate in the immediate aftermath of a national tragedy?