If you’ve ever looked at the tragic aftermath of a natural disaster and wondered “how can this benefit me?” then you’re in good company with Democratic politicians.
Bill Nelson, a Democratic senator from Florida who’s campaigning for reelection, is trying to pass off collecting personal information for the left as a relief effort for Hurricane Michael.
He posted a link on Twitter earlier this week, calling it a way to donate money to help with the devastation from the hurricane.
But what he didn’t mention in the tweet is that the link leads to a fundraising site for Democrats.
“The devastation from #HurricaneMichael is widespread across the Panhandle and Big Bend in Florida,” he tweeted on Wednesday. “Anything you can give to these nonprofit organizations will help people with needed relief.”
The devastation from #HurricaneMichael is widespread across the Panhandle and Big Bend in Florida. Anything you can give to these nonprofit organizations will help people with needed relief. https://t.co/RFd59Dty4q pic.twitter.com/1MARpUE6C4
— Bill Nelson (@NelsonForSenate) October 10, 2018
The site states that it is “a nonprofit, building fundraising technology for the left” that provides “the infrastructure for campaigns and organizations to fundraise online.”
ActBlue says that it powers “Democratic candidates, committees, parties, organizations, and c4s around the country,” and boasts that “Democratic campaigns get more donations through ActBlue than any other platform.”
“That’s why a majority of Democratic Senate and House campaigns — along with the DCCC, DSCC, DGA, over one-third of statewide campaigns, and advocacy organizations around the country — have chosen ActBlue,” the site reads.
Nelson’s intentions for promoting hurricane relief donations are unfortunately not totally pure.
Rather, he seems to have jumped on the devastating storm as a free way to mine donors’ valuable personal information and get them on email lists.
Otherwise, why not direct people straight to the relevant charities and relief organizations themselves? Why have donations — and donors’ personal information — filtered through a partisan crowdfunding site?
ActBlue itself has become the anti-Trump weapon of choice for many Democrats recently, with contributions made through the site spiking during Trump’s time in politics.
More than half of all donors gave for the first time in 2017, a year in which the site raised over $522 million for Democratic candidates and causes.
This was up from the already substantial $207 million it raised in 2015.
But if Democrats like Nelson are using it to profit from tragedies and cut campaign costs, it’s no wonder it’s getting so much traffic.
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