Democrats capitalize on Justice Scalia’s death with fundraising email


In the hours following the death of Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia, the discussion quickly turned political, as both liberals and conservatives weighed in on the ramifications of a new appointee to the Court.

The Democratic Party, however, may have reached a new depth of tasteless, sending out an email Saturday (February 13) asking supporters to demand Congress act on whatever nominee President Obama puts forth without delay, and asking for donations to the party.

The email, titled “Breaking: Supreme Court nomination,” uses a bait-and-switch technique to reel in donations, asking for supporters to visit a webpage to add their name to a petition (of sorts) supporting President Obamas eventual nominee:

Breaking news from the GOP debate stage: In tonight’s debate, the Republican presidential candidates were asked whether or not President Obama should nominate a new justice to the Supreme Court. They said Congress should block, delay, or otherwise refuse to allow the President to fill this vacancy.

There’s no excuse for this, Victor. It’s putting partisan politics above the Constitution and the rule of law, and it’s appalling to hear from any public official — let alone someone who thinks he should be the next President of the United States.

Add your name to call on Republicans to follow the Constitution instead of obstructing the confirmation of our next Supreme Court justice.

Supporters are then directed to this page (screenshot follows):


After filling out the information, signers are then directed to another page, where they are asked to donate (screenshot follows):

scalia2Supporters then get a follow-up email from the Democratic National Committee, stating “Thanks for adding your name and calling on Republicans to confirm the next Supreme Court justice…we’re going to keep relying on you to help Democrats take back Congress and keep Republicans away from the White House.”

The email then asks again for a donation, stating “Your donation of $10 or more today will support Democrats who are fighting for our values at every level.”

About Victor Medina

Victor Medina is a freelance writer based in Dallas. He is the editor of, and his other writing credits include The Dallas Morning News, Yahoo News, and He has served as a Dallas County election judge and on the Board of Directors of The Sixth Floor Museum at Dealey Plaza in Dallas. He is a member of the leadership team of the Cafe con Leche Republicans. You can follow him on his blog, or on Twitter at @mrvictormedina. He can be reached by email at