Fla Sen. Bill Nelson sends email asking for hurricane relief, donation link goes to Democrat political fundraiser site

Some conservatives have accused a Democrat senator known for slandering Florida Gov. Rick Scott’s wife of using the devastation and horror spawned by Hurricane Michael this week to assist a left-wing fundraising platform capture the email addresses and phone numbers of his constituents.

In an email sent Wednesday, the same day that the category four hurricane made landfall along the Florida Panhandle, Sen. Bill Nelson urged his constituents to donate to relief efforts by clicking over to ActBlue.com, according to the Washington Free Beacon.

ActBlue, a federally registered political action committee that was launched in 2004, has called itself “the online clearinghouse for Democratic action.”

“ActBlue is a nonprofit, building fundraising technology for the left,” the organization says on its website. “Democratic campaigns get more donations through ActBlue than any other platform.”

“A majority of Democratic Senate and House campaigns—along with the DCCC, DSCC, DGA, over one-third of statewide campaigns, and advocacy organizations around the country—have chosen ActBlue,” the website adds, noting that the organization has raised $2,862,403,745 for “Democrats and progressive causes” in 14 years.

Nelson also shared a link to ActBlue on his Twitter feed:

While ActBlue’s donation page is legitimate, it’s odd that Nelson would link his constituents to a  left-wing fundraising platform instead of just linking them directly to relief organizations like the American Red Cross, the Big Bend Homeless Coalition and the Florida Disaster Fund.

But it may also be significative of something more sinister. Note that to submit a donation through ActBlue, you must share your full name, your email address and your cell phone number, i.e., the very information the organization uses to raise money for Democrats.

Below is a snapshot of the organization’s donation form:

Because of this discrepancy, some now believe that Nelson purposefully linked his constituents to ActBlue to help the left-wing organization capture the personal information of his constituents and thus build up its donor list for its ongoing Democrat fundraising campaigns.

“Bill Nelson has reached a new low in a desperate attempt to save his political career,” National Republican Senate Committee spokesperson Camille Gallo reportedly said in a statement.

“While Floridians were trying to save their homes and lives, Bill Nelson used this tragedy as an opportunity to save his taxpayer-funded job by shamelessly using disaster relief efforts to bolster his fundraising operation.”

Social media users feel similarly about his odd email and tweet:

It gets worse. According to John Cardillo of Newsmax, ActBlue funds it own operation by charging a “small” fee for all donations processed through its portal.

“They take a cut to process the donations as opposed to going directly to the charities’ sites where nothing is skimmed off the top,” he noted on Twitter.

This means Nelson may have not only helped ActBlue build its donor list but also earn money to pay its employees. At this point, to say this looks bad for the senator would be a gross understatement.

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