FOLLOWING MONEY IN 2016 PRESIDENTIAL POLITICS

Monday, September 29, 2014

READ: In National News, From the E-Mailbag: Instead Of People Raising Money Using His Name, Today Dr. Ben Carson Raises Money For... Who?!?

Professional conservative money raiser-spenders have been using Dr. Ben Carson as a fundraising figure for their own purposes. The National Draft Ben Carson For President Committee has raised $7.3M online and through direct mail.

So, when Arizona's Politics received an email this afternoon from the Maryland physician himself with a subject line of "I Need Your Help", it had to be examined.  However, Carson is not raising money for himself or a Carson committee, nor is he helping out the "Draft" committee that has spent $6.6M on buddies and postage.*

Instead, Carson is working within the well-established party structure, raising money for the National Republican Senatorial Committee ("NRSC"), as the GOP attempts to take back control of the Senate.  He focuses on "Replacing Obamacare".

Here is the short, simple email:
Mitch,
Replacing Obamacare starts with taking back the Senate from Harry Reid and the Democrats.
We, as a country, need to have a real conversation about how to reform our healthcare system in a way that improves quality, reduces costs, expands access, and honors America’s legacy.
Instead of having that conversation, Democrats have been raising millions of dollars to spread their false attacks on conservatives...We need your help to set the record straight.
Control of the U.S. Senate hangs in the balance this year, but the Democrats are currently outspending Republicans in the most competitive states.
Election Day is getting closer and closer.  
We need supporters like you to win back the Senate and reform our healthcare system.
Please donate $20.14 TODAY to help take back Senate.
Thank you,
Dr. Ben Carson

*The Draft committee did just spend approximately $500,000 on radio ads for two Senate races in North Carolina and Louisiana.  However, the ads  mention Carson and the Draft committee more than the Republican candidates, and, they appear to be little more than further fundraising efforts for organizer John Phillip Sousa IV and others involved.

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