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Sen. Candidate Sending Unsuspecting Hurricane Donors to Dem Fundraising Site

Sen. Candidate Sending Unsuspecting Hurricane Donors to Dem Fundraising Site

If you’ve ever looked at the tragic aftermath
of a natural disaster and wondered “how can this benefit me?” then you’re in good
company with Democratic politicians. Bill Nelson, a Democratic senator from Florida
who’s campaigning for reelection, is trying to pass off collecting personal information
for the left as a relief effort for Hurricane Michael. He posted a link on Twitter earlier this week,
calling it a way to donate money to help with the devastation from the hurricane. But what he didn’t mention in the tweet
is that the link leads to a fundraising site for Democrats. “The devastation from #HurricaneMichael
is widespread across the Panhandle and Big Bend in Florida,” he tweeted on Wednesday. “Anything you can give to these nonprofit
organizations will help people with needed relief.” Instead of the link he added going straight
to “nonprofit organizations,” it goes to ActBlue, a crowdfunding tool for Democrats
which only serves leftist candidates and causes. The site states that it is “a nonprofit,
building fundraising technology for the left” that provides “the infrastructure for campaigns
and organizations to fundraise online.” ActBlue says that it powers “Democratic
candidates, committees, parties, organizations, and c4s around the country,” and boasts
that “Democratic campaigns get more donations through ActBlue than any other platform.” “That’s why 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 site reads. Nelson’s intentions for promoting hurricane
relief donations are unfortunately not totally pure. Rather, he seems to have jumped on the devastating
storm as a free way to mine donors’ valuable personal information and get them on email
lists. Otherwise, why not direct people straight
to the relevant charities and relief organizations themselves? Why have donations — and donors’ personal
information — filtered through a partisan crowdfunding site? ActBlue itself has become the anti-Trump weapon
of choice for many Democrats recently, with contributions made through the site spiking
during Trump’s time in politics. More than half of all donors gave for the
first time in 2017, a year in which the site raised over $522 million for Democratic candidates
and causes. This was up from the already substantial $207
million it raised in 2015. But if Democrats like Nelson are using it
to profit from tragedies and cut campaign costs, it’s no wonder it’s getting so
much traffic.

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