Birtherism as a Fundraising Tool

December 04, 2009 | Last updated: July 31, 2020

Continuing today’s unexpected surge of “birther” news, Rep. Bill Posey (R-Fla.)–the freshman Republican who has introduced legislation that would demand proof of citizenship from future presidential candidates–is using WorldNetDaily’s “alerts” email list to raise reelection cash.

“I commend Rep. Bill Posey for taking the lead in introducing and securing co-sponsors for important legislation that enforces the presidential qualifications outlined in Article 2, Section 1 of the Constitution,” writes WND’s Joseph Farah in his introduction to the email. “It is critical that we begin enforcing the Constitution before the 2012 election with regard to the eligibility of presidential candidates.”

In his appeal, Posey asks donors to help him fend off an attack from Democrats–an attack based on his brave quest for presidential birth certificates.

“My bill (H.R. 1503) that would require all candidates for President in the future to provide documentation (such as a birth certificate) to prove they are natural born citizens of the United States, has resulted in the national liberal left making me ****,” writes Posey. “As I said before, I’m being lambasted by the media and late-night comics and Nancy Pelosi’s team has already paid for tens of thousands of automated phone calls in my district and are raising a multi-million-dollar campaign war chest to defeat me.”

Here’s Farah’s introduction:

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And here’s the fundraising splash page for Posey.

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