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June 2, 2005
Not One Dime: The NRSC Bleg

The Duke at Pekin's Prattles received a letter from Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist, sounding a curiously desperate note in their efforts to raise money this month. Frist claims that new funds are necessary to ensure that all of Bush's judicial nominees get their up-or-down votes:

Dear Friend,

I need your help.

I ask that you immediately make an online contribution of $25, $50, $75 or even $100 to the National Republican Senatorial Committee (NRSC). To make a contribution on their secure server, please click here.

As Senate Majority Leader, I want to assure you that, if the Democrat's campaign of judicial obstruction resumes, I will not hesitate to use the Constitutional Option.

We must ensure that President Bush's qualified judicial nominees get the up-or-down votes they deserve.

That's why we need to counter the Democrat's attacks and misinformation - including the multi-state, multi-million dollar advertising by liberal special interest groups like and People for the American Way.

I have asked the NRSC to spearhead Republican efforts to support President Bush's judicial nominees as we bring them to the floor of the Senate for fair up-or-down votes.

To prepare for these battles, NRSC Chair Senator Elizabeth Dole has set a goal of raising $50,000 for the month of June from fellow online Republicans.

This money is essential to our efforts to fight back against the obstruction of Senate Democrats, led by Harry Reid, Dick Durbin, Chuck Schumer, and John Kerry.

And so I urge you to support the NRSC immediately with a contribution of $25, $50, $75 or even $100. To make a contribution, please click here.
We need your support today!

June will be a defining month for President Bush and the Republican Senate Majority.

I have asked the NRSC to be prepared to support President Bush's nominee if there is an appointment to the Supreme Court.

We must be prepared to support the President's nominee to the Supreme Court should a vacancy open.

I am counting on you to help the NRSC prepare for what is likely to be one of the toughest and most consequential debates in recent memory.

Help us deliver on the principle of up-or-down votes for the President's judicial nominees.

Our need is urgent and our cause is just.


Bill Frist, M.D.
Senate Majority Leader

P.S. To support the NRSC and make a contribution of $25, $50, $75 or even $100 today, please click here.

No doubt the NRSC would like to improve its fundraising, but to claim it needs more money from Republicans to force a vote on the floor of the Senate defies common sense. All the GOP needs to get a vote is the spine to demand it. We already funded their current majority; it already exists.

Claiming, as Frist does, that the NRSC needs $50K to counter "multimillion-dollar advertising" doesn't make much sense at all. PFAW and MoveOn have access to lots of George Soros' money, granted, but fifty grand simply won't have any effect at all. Besides, what's the point of advertising at this stage? The only reason it has any effect is because the GOP leadership dragged their feet in getting to this issue, waiting months while PFAW and MO polluted the issue by smearing Bush's nominees, with only a tepid response from the Republican leadership.

Tell Senator Frist that he doesn't need to empty our pockets to call for a vote. He needs to simply fulfill the campaign pledge made by the NRSC in 2004 by insisting on a vote for every judicial nominee that gets approved by the Judiciary Committee. Until he takes action to ensure that, Not One Dime.

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