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RNC makes fundraising appeal off Gorsuch hearing

In an email appeal sent out during the Gorsuch hearings on Tuesday morning, the Republican National Committee called on supporters to donate money to help fight a “smear campaign” aimed at the judge.

“Democrats are beginning their weeks-long smear campaign to block President Trump’s Supreme Court nominee, the Honorable Neil Gorsuch,” the letter begins. “But there’s something you can do to stop them.”

The RNC says the party “is launching a six-figure ad blitz” supporting Gorsuch in a dozen states identified as battlegrounds “where vulnerable Democrats will be up for re-election in 2018.”

While the email does not identify those states, there are 10 Democratic senators running in states that Trump carried last November, half of them in states where he won by double digits.

The RNC email pitch goes on to say that contributions of between $10 and $100 are needed to battle against what it calls “the Democrats’ despicable smear campaign.” It also claims that “Democrats and the media have been obstructing President Trump’s agenda,” and it explains the fundraising appeal as a way to fight against that.

Neil Gorsuch confirmation hearings: Updates and analysis on the Supreme Court nominee
Gorsuch appears before the Senate Judiciary Committee on Monday. (Michael Reynolds/EPA)

Judge Neil Gorsuch, a federal appeals court judge from Colorado, is on Capitol Hill today for confirmations hearings for a seat on the Supreme Court. Gorsuch was nominated by President Trump to fill the seat left open by the death of Antonin Scalia and has broad support among Republicans.

It’s a chance for Senate Democrats to take a stand against the Trump administration, and express their anger that Republicans blocked a hearing for President Barack Obama’s selection for the seat, Judge Merrick Garland of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit.

Monday is the beginning of four days of hearings. Follow along.