Following the deadly shooting in Charleston, S.C. and the subsequent controversy surrounding the Confederate flag, the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee (DCCC) attempted to raise money using the flag in an email to supporters Monday.
According to the Independent Journal Review,
the DCCC email asked whether or not the reader agrees with President Barack Obama's suggestion that South Carolina should remove a confederate flag flying on its capitol grounds.
After voting, people were reportedly taken to a website that asked for an email address, and upon entering it users were asked to donate money to the DCCC.
"President Obama: South Carolina should take down the Confederate flag," read the email, according to the Journal Review. "President Obama believes that South Carolina should remove the Confederate flag from its state Capitol building. Do you agree?"
The email then asked uses to click yes or no. The text below the answers read, "Look — The Confederate flag is a symbol of racial hatred. It has no place flying outside a state Capitol.
"President Obama, Hillary Clinton, and leaders nationwide have DEMANDED that this flag be taken down. But there are still Republican candidates for president refusing to take a side.
"So we want your opinion."
After the fundraising ploy became public, the chairman of the South Carolina Democratic Party responded to the matter on Twitter:
Jason Perkey, the South Carolina Democratic Party's executive director, told the Journal Review he didn't see anything wrong with the email campaign.
"No, I do not believe the DCCC's email was inappropriate," Perkey said. "Stating their position and then asking people how they feel about the confederate flag flying on the South Carolina statehouse grounds generates discussion on the issue and helps us move the conversation forward."
South Carolina Rep. Bakari Sellers, a Democrat, told The Blaze
he disagrees with the DCCC sending the email.
"I have a great deal of respect for the DCCC, but this is just an inappropriate time to be raising money off of this," Sellers said. "We haven't even had our first funeral."
South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley said
Monday the Confederate flag flying outside the statehouse in Columbia should be removed in the wake of the shooting at a church last week that left nine people dead. The alleged shooter was seen in photos posted to the Internet posing with
a Confederate flag and a weapon.
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