No sooner did I write up a brief, mild critique of Ed Markey’s fundraising emails than another one shows up. And this one is the most outrageous one yet. Here it is (email, no link).
From: Ed Markey <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Subject: Every day?
Date: September 29, 2014 9:05:03 AM EDT
I know, I know — another day, another email from me, asking you for money. You’ve got to be thinking “Every day? Really? Do we really need an email every day?”
Unfortunately, the short answer is yes — this is the reality in the post-Citizens United world. Grassroots organizations like ours are in constant danger of a well-funded super PAC jumping into our race, and since we can’t raise millions of dollars overnight the way super PACs can, we have to steadily hit our goals.
And right now, our goal is $145,OOO before the FEC filing deadline tomorrow at midnight. Get us $5 closer by making a contribution today.
This year, with the Republicans just six seats away from taking over the Senate, we all need to step up to the plate.
The priorities we’ve been working toward for years — equal pay, climate change, strengthening Medicare — are all in jeopardy if we lose the Senate. And to keep the Senate, we need to give our campaign the resources it needs to win.
Getting to $145,OOO before midnight tomorrow will keep us on schedule for victory in November. By giving $5, you’re helping to safeguard Massachusetts’ Senate seat, and to help prevent a Republican takeover.
Believe me when I say I wish I didn’t have to send these emails — that’s part of why we’re working to roll back Citizens United. But until that happens, we need to stay strong, and we count on people like you to make that happen.
Thanks for your continued support.
How utterly absurd. As far as I can recall, Markey has not mentioned his opponent’s name in a single one of these ridiculous emails. Not one. And there’s a good reason for that: if he ever mentions the guy’s name, he knows that people will say, “who?” And then they will realize what everyone who pays attention to the numbers already knows: Markey’s reelection is as close to certain as an election can be. Every observer in the country rates this race as “safe Democratic.” Nate Silver gives Markey a >99% chance of being reelected. Not 99%, “>99%” – the highest possible rating for a race that technically is contested. Think about that before you send Markey any of your hard-earned dollars.
The last FEC reporting date was August 20. As of that date, Markey had over $2 million in the bank. His opponent, Brian what’s-his-name, had under $5,000. And that’s not a typo. There is no indication – zero – that Republican Super PACs are planning to spend a nickel on this race. I’m sure they don’t like Markey, but they also are not stupid.
Markey’s persistent emails have now gone beyond the point where I’m irritated that they could be directing donations toward him and away from campaigns that actually need them. Because the answer to the question, “do we really need an email every day” is “no” – or, at least, it’s something like “well, maybe not.” It is certainly not “yes.” And I actually don’t “believe” Markey when he says he wishes he didn’t “have to send these emails.” Because he doesn’t.
I don’t like it when a candidate isn’t straight with me. Even when I agree with him on most of the issues.