DNC Fundraises Off Deadly Shootings

‘Chip in to stand with Democrats fighting to end gun violence’

Law enforcement agencies respond to an active shooter at a Wal-Mart near Cielo Vista Mall in El Paso, Texas
Law enforcement agencies respond to an active shooter at a Wal-Mart near Cielo Vista Mall in El Paso, Texas / Getty Images

Former Democratic congresswoman Gabby Giffords sent a fundraising email on behalf of the Democratic National Committee on Monday afternoon, asking supporters to respond to the pair of deadly weekend shootings by making political contributions.

The emailed fundraising plea, sent from a DNC email with Giffords's name, asks recipients to show "courage" by splitting a contribution between the DNC and Giffords PAC, a gun control group that spent nearly $18 million on elections last cycle.

"I am asking you to have the courage to act today," the email reads. "Split a $10 donation between my organization dedicated to ending gun violence, Giffords PAC, and the Democratic National Committee today."

"Together, we have the power to prevent gun violence and save lives," it says.

The email's donation link directs to the ActBlue fundraising page paid for by the DNC. Contributions are automatically split evenly between the DNC and Giffords PAC.

"Chip in to stand with Democrats fighting to end gun violence," the fundraising page says.

The DNC isn't the first group to solicit contributions in the wake of shootings Saturday in El Paso, Texas, and Dayton, Ohio, which together killed at least 31 as of Monday afternoon.

Sen. Kamala Harris (D., Calif.) sent a fundraising email on Sunday asking her supporters to contribute to Giffords PAC, as well as the Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence and Everytown for Gun Safety Action Fund, two political advocacy groups.

Her campaign has defended the fundraising email, saying the three groups it is raising money for are "gun violence prevention organizations."

Giffords's husband, Mark Kelly, is currently the favorite to win the Democratic nomination for Senate in Arizona.

Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D., Mass.) on Monday sent a fundraising email urging donations to Democratic Senate campaigns.

"If we're going to address the gun violence epidemic in our country, we need to take back the Senate in 2020," she wrote in a message to supporters of her presidential campaign. "I'll fight my heart out to make sure Democrats win up and down the ballot in 2020—but if we're going to beat Republicans and the gun lobby, it's going to take a grassroots movement."

The DNC did not respond to a request for comment on its joint fundraising effort with Giffords PAC.