Peter Hasson, DCNF
House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi and the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee (DCCC) — the official campaign arm of House Democrats — are pushing blatant misinformation in fundraising emails to supporters.
“I will NOT allow Putin to set foot in the United States. I need 100,000 signatures to BLOCK his visit and keep our elections safe. I need you to sign before midnight,” Pelosi told Democratic voters in a DCCC fundraising email sent out on Sunday.
That email followed a similar one on Saturday that falsely claimed 50,000 signatures on a DCCC “petition” would “block” Russian President Vladimir Putin’s expected visit — at Trump’s invitation — to the United States in the fall.
By Sunday evening, the DCCC claimed to have garnered more than 88,000 signatures on the bogus petition.
The DCCC circulated a second misleading petition on Sunday as well.
That email claimed the DCCC needed 1.2 million signatures “before midnight to ensure protection for Robert Mueller,” and that “1,175,805 strong Democrats” had already signed.
The reality is that no number of signatures on a DCCC petition will “block” Putin’s visit or force Trump to hold off on firing Mueller, if he so chooses.
But there is a purpose to the misinformation: Anyone who signs either DCCC petition is taken to a donation page asking them to “chip in” for Democratic candidates.
Neither Pelosi’s office nor the DCCC returned The Daily Caller News Foundation’s request for comment.
The DCCC has repeatedly used dishonest fundraising tactics this year.
The committee sent out a pair of fundraising emails in May that falsely claimed that if they got enough signatures on a petition, Trump would be “forced” to interview with Mueller.
Then, too, petition signatories were immediately taken to a donation page after signing.
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