Trump, Nelson among pols including Parkland in fundraising emails

This email from President Donald Trump’s 2020 campaign includes a “contribute” link.

The Feb. 14 massacre at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland has touched off a heated political debate over guns and school safety. Not surprisingly, politicians — including President Donald Trump and Florida Democratic Sen. Bill Nelson — are trying to tap into that passion to raise some money.

Trump’s 2020 re-election campaign sent an email over the weekend that features a picture of a the president and first lady Melania Trump visiting a hospitalized survivor of the shooting that claimed 17 lives.

It’s part of a “Trump-Pence weekly newsletter” that includes a “contribute” link at the end directing recipients to a webpage to make an online contribution to Trump’s campaign.

Nelson has also highlighted the Feb. 14 Parkland mass shooting in campaign emails that direct recipients to a gun control survey and, ultimately, an opportunity to contribute to his re-election bid.

“Enough is enough!” says one recent Nelson campaign email. “These senseless shootings are not going to stop unless we, as a society, stand up and put a stop to them.”

A survey on guns by Sen. Bill Nelson’s campaign leads to a denunciation of his likely rival and opportunity to give money.

 

An accompanying survey on “commonsense” gun control measures leads to a page that says: “Trump’s pick to run against me, Rick Scott, has an A-plus rating from the NRA. I’m counting on grassroots supporters like you to help me defeat Scott and keep fighting for commonsense gun laws in the Senate. Will you give $5 today to help protect Florida’s Senate seat?”

Respondents are then directed to an online contribution page offering them the chance to contribute $5 or more to Nelson’s campaign.

Author: George Bennett

George Bennett has been a Palm Beach Post reporter since 1992. He grew up in Bethesda, Md. and is a graduate of The George Washington University. Follow him on Twitter @gbennettpost

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