Is the Obama Campaign Exploiting the Sandy Hook Tragedy?

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It’s been over a month since Barack Obama won reelection, but for some reason chief campaign advisor David Axelrod is still sending me emails. One of the latest emails asked me to click on a link to view the President’s moving speech from Sunday night in the town of Newtown, the site of last week’s school shooting massacre.

Axelrod stated:

“As we reflect on the lives lost last week, we must also, as the President urged, consider how each of us can play a part in making our country worthy of the memory of those little children.”

When you click on either of the two links in the email, it takes you to, where you can click the “donate” button and donate $15-$1,000 … to the Obama-Biden campaign.

I really hope that this is just gross negligence and not exploitation of a terrible tragedy. It’s fairly typical for campaigns to continue to raise money after an election, especially when they have debt to pay -- but Obama won with almost $15 million on hand to spare. Why do they even still have that button? Someone should take that down ASAP and hope that no sweet little old lady donated part of her Social Security check there to “help the victims.”

Speaking of helping the victims, maybe instead of linking to his campaign donate page in a campaign email, the President could ask Americans to donate to the community to build a new school so the kids won’t have to go back to Sandy Hook Elementary. Or how about a memorial fund for the victims’ families? Come on, Mr. President; put those community-organizing skills to work!

The citizens of Newtown have barely even had time to begin the grieving process, what with news cameras in their faces, over two dozen funerals for the slain, and probably a bajillion unanswered questions about where to go from here. They don’t need a president capitalizing -- intentionally or not -- on their tragedy.

I hope that President Obama takes any and all money coming in from this email (it’s entirely track-able), and donates it to help the victims. His campaign doesn't need it any more anyway.

What do you think: Was this intentional exploitation or a simple oversight?

Image via Official U.S. Navy Imagery/Flickr

2012 election, barack obama, charity, death, in the news, media, politics, white house


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nonmember avatar H

Must be a slow news day...

Rhond... RhondaVeggie

Love the way you're exploiting the tragedy for blog income, the hypocrisy is beautiful.

nonmember avatar eye roll

Just when I think you couldn't possibly get dumber....

turna... turnandburn04

I think the Obama campaign will milk every dollar they can using whatever means necessary, and those who are likely donating to said campaign instead of donating to those poor families who lost loved ones are the dumb ones.

nonmember avatar Zuri

You've got to be kidding me. Seriously, you've got to be kidding me. Ever heard of a typo before??? Or not updating your website in time??? I find it hard to believe that you are STILL grasping at straws to make Obama look bad, and, more sickeningly, you're using the Sandy Hook shooting as an excuse! I've seen two articles from you about what happened in Newtown, and both of them were about politics instead of remembering the victims- the first one on gun control and now this. Even if the Obama campaign (which is no longer a campaign; he ALREADY WON, not matter how hard you wish he didn't) WAS exploiting the school shooting, you are part of the problem. You are making money off of politicizing this tragedy. Do the deaths of 26 innocent people mean nothing to you???

nonmember avatar Littlefrogs

First of all, referring to the White House as a campaign is to belittle Obama. He is our President. The campaign is over so his campaign has nothing to do with this.

Secondly, it is past time sensible gun laws were put in place

bills... billsfan1104

Zurich, hate to point it out to you, but every single one of these bloggers have written 2 or more articles making this political. So get off your high horse and acting like Jenny is the only one that said something political.

tuffy... tuffymama

The bastard never once closed his campaign the entire first term, and he plans to keep it running through the second. Why? Wealthy asshats have already funded his $35mil+ Hawaii retirement palace. And ethical? You think he'll donate a cent to anyone but his own pocket? Hell no. He illegally took MILLIONS from foreign donors during both campaigns. To hell with us in a demonrat basket, folks.

turna... turnandburn04

Thank you tuffymama!!!! Finally some truth

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