Moments after the President concluded his speech on the situation in Syria, Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) sent out a fundraising email in an attempt to leverage his opposition to military strikes for campaign contributions.
While McConnell's Campaign Manager, Jesse Benton, told BuzzFeed that McConnell "does not politicize issues of national security," some see this email as a brazen effort to do just that. In response to the ill-timed fundraising pitch, Public Campaign Action Fund Executive Director David Donnelly noted that " raising money off of is unseemly at best, craven at worst, and is precisely in staying in character."
Sen. McConnell, who has been an opponent of common sense campaign finance reforms over the years, is up for re-election in 2014. Recent polling by Public Campaign Action Fund and Lake Research Partners indicates that his stance on money-in-politics is a vulnerability. The Washington Post reported that according to the poll, "The majority of Kentucky voters view Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell unfavorably and have deep concern about his support for unlimited campaign contributions."