Posted at 09:35 AM ET, 12/15/2011

Romney campaign hits back at Obama fundraising challenge

The Romney campaign is upping the ante on a fundraising e-mail sent out by President Obama’s camp urging supporters to donate on behalf of their partisan rivals.

Earlier this week, deputy Obama campaign manager Julianna Smoot issued a call for Obama donors to give $3 every time their partisan friends annoyed them with right-wing criticism of the president. Giving anonymously, but letting the conservative know he or she had been the inspiration for the donation, would “drive them nuts,” Smoot wrote.

The Romney camp responded Wednesday with a call for a $5 donation, inspired by what it described as Obama’s divisive message. “Long gone is the campaign that preached ‘hope and change’ and railed against those that ‘slice and dice our country into red states and blue states,’” Romney adviser Matt Rhoades wrote. “This divisive rhetoric is an unnecessary reminder that we can’t afford four more years of President Obama.”

Read the entire Romney campaign letter after the jump.

Friend,

We hope this e-mail finds you well this holiday season.

This time of year, we gather with family and loved ones to celebrate and reflect on those things that bring us together.

But Obama’s billion-dollar political machine sees things differently. Even during the holiday season, they aren’t straying from their “kill Romney” campaign.

Their latest effort asks supporters to “have a little fun at the expense of a Republican by letting them know they inspired you to make a donation to the Obama campaign.” But why? “It will drive them nuts!”

Facing record unemployment and debt as a result of President Obama’s failed leadership, the White House has resorted to pitting Democrats against Republicans, asking them to engage friends and relatives in political attacks during the holidays.

Long gone is the campaign that preached “hope and change” and railed against those that “slice and dice our country into red states and blue states.” This divisive rhetoric is an unnecessary reminder that we can’t afford four more years of President Obama.

They asked for a $3 donation. Show the White House that they’ve inspired you to donate $5:

http://mittromney.com/donate

Just last weekend, President Obama said that fixing this economy is a job that is too large for one president to accomplish. He’s right.

It’s going to take a new president to get America back to work.

Thanks,

Matt Rhoades

By Anne E. Kornblut  |  09:35 AM ET, 12/15/2011

 
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