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RNC angers many with fundraising email: ‘Did you abandon the Republican Party?'

RNC chairman Reince Priebus.
RNC chairman Reince Priebus.
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Money, the saying goes, is the mother's milk of politics. Political parties and candidates constantly beg supporters for funds to run campaigns and get their message out. But a recent RNC fundraising email angered a number of potential donors who did not appreciate the tone of the letter, Twitchy reported Saturday.

"‘Did you abandon the Republican Party?" the email begins. "Chairman Priebus has written to you already this year asking you to contribute to the RNC and renew your membership. But we haven't received your financial support yet this year."

The opening, Twitchy said, rubbed many the wrong way, and they let their feelings known on Twitter. Twitchy posted a number of tweets from angry recipients, and a search of Twitter found many more.

"Don't mean to beat a dead horse, but that 'Did You Abandon the GOP' fundraising email was just obscene. Get it together, #RNC," said Twitter user "Political Junkie."

"The @GOP might be the only political party in the world to lose money with a fundraising email," one person said. Many others echoed Ronald Reagan and said the Party actually abandoned them.

"I replied 'No, the RNC abandoned me,'" said Twitter user "Will McAvoy." Others said they left the Party and would not return.

"Yes. I did abandon the #GOP and they way things are going, I ain't coming back any time soon," one person tweeted.

"@Reince, @GOP, free advice from a communications consultant: Insulting your base is not a viable fundraising," one person advised on Twitter.

Others called the letter "bullying," while some said the message is reminiscent of tactics used by the Democratic Party. Some said the GOP has abandoned conservatives and conservative principles and said they would not donate to the RNC until Party leadership begins listening to them again.'s Dean Chambers said he also received the letter, which he described as "completely tone deaf." Chambers, like many others who received the appeal, said he consistently stands for conservative values and issues, adding, "I don't squish just because I might think that same-sex marriage or other forms of perversion are becoming socially accepted."

Chambers also echoed the feelings of a number of conservatives upset with the treatment they received at the hands of the GOP establishment during the Mississippi primary runoff. During that election, Party bosses worked with Democrats and liberal activists to paint conservatives and potential general election voters as racists. Chambers said the Party knew these charges were "false and bogus," but ran with them nevertheless.

"This is no way to demonstrate support for the 'conservative principles' you claim to believe in and on the basis of this bad behavior and poor choice expect me to give them money so they can undermine conservative principle and good Republican candidates, over bad ones, even more," Chambers added.

Chambers, however, wasn't finished. He went on to tell the Republican establishment, which he labeled as the "RINOpublican" party, that if they really want support from conservatives, they need to change their ways, and fast.

"I'll say it again, here. If the GOP wants us to support them again, and donate money when they solicit it, they need to consistently stand up for conservative principles and support real Republicans when they run against charlatans like Thad Cochran and then show your clear non-support for a good candidate like Ken Cuccinelli. If they want our support, they need to back to actually being Republicans again rather than trying to be Democrat Lite," he added.

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