In a Big League Politics article titled “Bill Nelson Fundraises Off A Hurricane As He Trails Rick Scott” reports:
Florida Democratic Senator Bill Nelson has been caught fundraising off Hurricane Irma.
Nelson made a significant political mistake in a state that has been ravaged by natural disaster, indicating to some people that he is not sufficiently concerned with the plight of his constituents.
“That’s right — with one of the strongest storms of the century bearing down on Florida, these airlines were hiking up prices for those trying to escape,” Nelson said in an email to Floridians criticizing the airlines for price gouging during the storm (which was a very big problem for residents).
However, there was just one problem with Nelson’s email: he included a large campaign-fundraising button in the message below his criticism of the airlines.
The link in Senator Nelson’s email linked to ActBlue. ActBlue’s mission statement is to “empower small-dollar donors.” It is an independent software non-profit that has been used to raise over two billion dollars for Democrats and their causes since 2004.
According to ActBlue’s website, “5,599,593 Democratic donors have saved their payment information with us via an ActBlue Express account.”
So Nelson is using a natural disaster to collect payment information from donors.