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Cory Booker Removes Campaign Fundraiser that Exploited Mass Shootings

NEWARK-U.S. Senator Cory Booker, a Democrat running both for the office of President and U.S. Senator in 2020 is capitalizing on the mass murders this week across America. Tonight, Booker was soliciting funds through Act Blue, a progressive grassroots campaign website.  After a report by Shore News Network and statement made by his Republican opponent, Hirsh Singh, Booker’s campaign quickly removed that fundraising message.

“White nationalist killed 22 people in El Paso, TX. The next day, nine people were killed in a mass shooting in Dayton, OH. Seven people were killed from gun violence in Chicago,” Booker’s campaign message read.  “Between mass shootings, the gunfire does not stop. America, we’re in a crisis. Donate to groups who are working tirelessly to combat white supremacy and gun violence.”

Hirsh Singh, Republican candidate for U.S. Senate in New Jersey running against Cory Booker.

Booker’s political campaign is raising funds for the Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence, Community Justice Action Fund, and the Southern Poverty Law Center.

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Today, Singh said Booker’s backstepping on the campaign was the right thing for the embattled Democrat to do.

“The fact that Cory Booker attempted to raise money off the blood and misery of innocent Americans alone disqualifies him for public office,” Singh said. “This is disgusting, shame on him. Taking guns away from law-abiding Americans is not the answer.”

 

Of the money Booker raised, 3.95% will be donated to Act Blue, a liberal, progressive campaign fundraising service that has raised “billions” of dollars for progressive liberals since 2004.   Act Blue was popularized when Bernie Sanders used it for his 2017 presidential campaign.

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ActBlue’s founders Matt Debergalis and Ben Rahn also run the ActBlue political action committee which boasts itself as the “online clearinghouse for Democratic Action”.

“As always, many are insisting that we give up our inherent right to self-defense when instead it should be affirmed more strongly than ever,” Singh said. “​​I am an unwavering advocate for the right to self-defense, and I will oppose anyone who attempts to suppress it. My heart goes out to the victims and their families, as well as my deepest thanks to the men and women of law enforcement and every law-abiding American choosing strength and unity over fear”

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