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GOP Donor Backs Off After RNC Fund-Raising Appeal

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A Republican donor "ashamed" of a recent controversial GOP fund-raising presentation says that he "will no longer contribute" to any organized Party effort, reports Politico.
Mark DeMoss, the head of a Christian public relations firm in Atlanta, wrote in a letter to RNC chair Michael Steele -- which he shared with Politico -- that he would continue to contribute to individual candidates.
The presentation by RNC Finance Director Rob Bickhart at a GOP meeting in Boca Grande, Fla., encouraged using "fear" to solicit contributions, depicted President Obama as Batman villain the Joker, and also caricatured House Speaker Pelosi and Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid.
In the letter, DeMoss called those depictions "shameful, immature and uncivil, at best."
DeMoss, who supported Mitt Romney in 2008, is founder of The Civility Project, "a collection of liberals and conservatives, Democrats and Republicans, blacks and whites, and people of various faiths -- or no faith -- who agree that even in sharp disagreement we should not be disagreeable," he says in a statement on the group's Website.
On ABC's This Week, Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell said Sunday of the presentation, " I can't imagine why anybody would have thought that was helpful." Asked if someone should be held accountable, McConnell said, "I don't run the RNC. That's up to them. But I don't like it, and I don't know anybody who does."

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