McConnell: RNC Fundraising Presentation ‘Not Helpful’

By Jacqueline Klingebiel

Mar 7, 2010 11:09am

Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell said the recently exposed Republican National Committee presentation that discussed cynical fundraising strategies based on fear was “not helpful”.  The presentation, first reported by Politico, included images depicting President Obama as the Joker, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi as Cruella DeVille and Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid as Scooby Doo. 

In a “This Week” exclusive interview, McConnell told guest anchor Matthew Dowd that he “can’t imagine why anybody would have thought that was helpful.”  McConnell wouldn’t say if someone at the RNC should be held accountable for the presentation.  “I don't run the RNC.  That's up to them.  But I don't like it, and I don't know anybody who does,” the Minority Leader said.

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DOWD:  I'd like to turn to one final thing that's been in the news recently, which is this PowerPoint presentation that the RNC had put together about raising money.

It's very controversial.  I'd like to show it to you, if you could take a look at this.  They basically, as you can see — it's how they're going to — they're going to appeal to fear, extreme negative feelings, "reactionary," and, basically, in a very cynical way, most of the public would think, and in a very crass way, how they're going to appeal to them.

Is that something — the kind of messaging that you think is going to be helpful in the course of this next year?

MCCONNELL:  Well, it’s — that sort of thing is certainly not
helpful.  I can't imagine why anybody would have thought that was helpful. I mean, typically, the way parties raise money is because people believe in the causes that they advocate.  I think the way we raise money from donors across America is to stand for things that are important for the country.

DOWD:  You think somebody should be held accountable for that?

MCCONNELL:  Well, look, I don't run the RNC.  That's up to them.  But I don't like it, and I don't know anybody who does.

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