From The Washington Times:
Capitol Hill Republicans are getting a much-needed fundraising boost from a newspaper advertisement in which the liberal group MoveOn.org accused Iraq war commander Gen. David H. Petraeus of lying, strategists say.
Republican candidates and party committees are frequently citing the ad in fundraising solicitations and campaign materials to attack Democratic opponents for not condemning the ad, which was published in the New York Times three weeks ago today.
While it's too early to tell how much money Republicans have raised using the tactic, party spokesmen say it has been an effective fundraising tool.
"The [MoveOn ad] issue is very hot with our base right now," said National Republican Senatorial Committee spokeswoman Rebecca Fisher. "We are using the controversy to reinforce our message that the Democrats in the Senate are beholden to the liberal wing of the party — and this is a perfect example of [their] pandering to the extreme wing."
The NRSC used the ad in a recent e-mail fundraising pitch, and has circulated an online petition to supporters asking Congressional Democrats to return any contributions they've received from MoveOn. The NRSC also has posted an ad on YouTube accusing Democrats of being beholden to group.
The National Republican Congressional Committee, the fundraising arm for House Republicans, has criticized several House Democrats for receiving MoveOn donations and for voting against a resolution last week to condemn the ad.
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The Senate and Congress both have passed resolutions condemning MoveOn.org. (Roll call and text of those resolutions are at those links)
The ad severely backfired against MoveOn.org and every Democratic politician that refused to vote to denounce that advertisement as well as being an effective tool for the GOP to use for contributions.
MoveOn.org....the gift that keeps giving to the GOP.
This might also explain the latest mini surge that Bush has received in recent polls.
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