Tea party group raises funds off of MSNBC host Rachel Maddow

By Eric W. Dolan
Sunday, August 19, 2012 11:44 EDT
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The Campaign to Defeat Barack Obama, a tea party-affiliated political action committee, has urged their supporters to “prove Rachel Maddow” wrong and rally behind Mitt Romney’s new running mate, Rep. Paul Ryan (R-WI).

In a fundraising email sent out on Saturday, the Campaign to Defeat Barack Obama noted that the MSNBC host had blasted Ryan after it was announced he would be Romney’s vice presidential nominee.

Maddow said that having Ryan on the ticket was better than “Christmas in August” for Democrats. She has also criticized Ryan’s congressional record — disputing the idea that he is a fiscal conservative — and blasted his stance on women’s reproductive rights.

“Friends, do we ever need your help,” the Campaign to Defeat Barack Obama wrote in their email. “This week liberal MSNBC host, Rachel Maddow, has been on a campaign to smear and discredit Congressman Paul Ryan.”

The group said it was preparing to launch a “massive TV ad campaign” to help Ryan and pressed their supporters to “show Rachel Maddow just how wrong and foolish she is!”

The Campaign to Defeat Barack Obama has raised nearly $1.9 million in 2012. The group’s founders have described it as a “sister organization” to the Tea Party Express.

The Campaign to Defeat Barack Obama first gained national attention in 2011, when it attacked presumptive Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney.

“It’s time for liberation, friends,” the group said in another fundraising email sent out on Sunday. “Liberation from the past 3 years of socialist policies by an administration that believes government should run your life.”

Eric W. Dolan
Eric W. Dolan
Eric W. Dolan has served as an editor for Raw Story since August 2010, and is based out of Sacramento, California. He grew up in the suburbs of Chicago and received a Bachelor of Science from Bradley University. Eric is also the publisher and editor of PsyPost. You can follow him on Twitter @ewdolan.
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