Newspaper article Sarasota Herald Tribune

Ruling Jump-Starts Fundraising Pleas

Newspaper article Sarasota Herald Tribune

Ruling Jump-Starts Fundraising Pleas

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Whether Republican or Democrat, members of both political parties agreed on one thing regarding the U.S. Supreme Court decision on health care reform.

It was the perfect time to raise money off the decision.

Hours after the ruling, Democratic and Republican candidates for office were sending fundraising appeals tapping into the joy or outrage of the moment, depending on their viewpoint.

U.S. Rep. Vern Buchanan, R-Longboat Key, issued an appeal with the subject line "Shocked" telling supporters he'd fight to repeal Obamacare regardless of the decision.

"I am asking all of my supporters to make a contribution of $20.12 to my campaign for every month remaining in the election to help me in this fight," Buchanan wrote in his email.

U.S. Sen. Bill Nelson, a Democrat seeking re-election this year, had his own appeal.

"So while today's ruling was a victory for people over special interests, we can't be lulled into a false sense of security," Nelson wrote. "I still need your help to keep fighting for things like quality health care in the U.S. Senate. Please contribute $5 today -- before the June 30 reporting deadline -- so I can keep fighting for you in the U.S. Senate!"

Nelson's likely opponent in November, U.S. Rep. Connie Mack IV, countered with a plea with the headline "Repeal ObamaCare" at the top.

Mack's campaign manager Jeff Cohen said in the letter they need donations to "make sure we have a Republican Senate that will repeal and replace Obamacare once and for all."

Republicans' vow to repeal the health care reform has turned into fuel for Democrats. U.S. Rep. Kathy Castor, a Tampa Democrat who represents part of Manatee County, warned her supporters that Republicans were more fired up than ever to go after health care reform.

"Mitt Romney and the Tea Party extremists in Congress have already vowed to repeal the Act -- promising to undo the progress we've made. Please help me fight back by contributing $25, $50 or $100 to my campaign right now," Castor's appeal said.

Veteran Republican political consultant Jamie Miller said the fundraising appeals are to be expected when people are paying this much attention to politics and feeling motivated by the decision. …

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