By Christina Bellantoni, Roll Call
Speaker Nancy Pelosi has an outgoing New Yearâ€™s Eve wish, asking House campaign supporters to give money to fight back against â€œshameful attack adsâ€ that use her to target vulnerable Democrats.
In a new fundraising letter for the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee, the Californian thanks donors for their â€œdedication to making change a reality for millions of our fellow Americans,â€ without mentioning that Democrats lost control of the House in November and that in less than two weeks, Rep. John Boehner (R-Ohio) will become Speaker.
Instead, Pelosi asks donors to â€œchip in $10â€ to combat â€œshadowy special interest front groups [that] are already up on radio and television with shameful attack ads aimed at reversing the progress weâ€™ve made.â€
She doesnâ€™t name the organization, but Pelosi is likely referring to the $400,000 ad buy from American Crossroads in mid-December. The outside group ran radio ads in 12 districts against Democrats who narrowly won re-election last month. The ads linked the Democrats to Pelosi, which proved to be an effective strategy for the GOP in the 2010 cycle.
â€œIf Democrats fall behind in these final critical days, weâ€™ll have to spend months playing catch-up while the opponents of progress ring in 2011 with a big head start on their repeal agenda,â€ Pelosi wrote.
Donations before the Friday deadline will be matched â€œdollar-for-dollar by a group of generous Democrats,â€ she added.
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