The Democratic National Committee (DNC) is taking advantage of yet another tragedy, by using the Parkland school shooting to raise money for their party. And they are even using a survivor of the shooting to do it.
In an email sent out over the weekend, the DNC tried to rally donations from supporters using the shooting tragedy, using a statement from Sara Imam, a senior at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida who survived the shooting.
In the statement, Imam said the shooting should motivate voters to support Democrats in the upcoming midterm elections, in hopes of passing gun control legislation. The email from the DNC was first sent out last Friday, but has been sent out multiple times in the following days.
Imam blatantly politicizes the tragedy, turning it into a reason to vote Democrat. “If you’re with me and other Stoneman Douglas survivors, add your name to commit to vote this fall — it’s the only way we’ll do something about gun violence in our country….Help elect Democrats who will take action on gun violence,” she stated.
Anyone who chooses to “sign on” to commit Democrats are directed to a donation page on a website to enter a credit and debit card to donate. Screenshots of the website are included below.
Here is Imam’s complete statement from the email on the Parkland school shooting.
On February 14th, I lost 17 members of my community in a mass shooting at my school, Marjory Stoneman Douglas. But we, the survivors, refuse to let their names be forgotten. We refuse to let their deaths be in vain.
We have decided to take action to ensure that an event like this will never happen again. We are calling for stricter gun laws. We are calling for change.
I turned 18 the day after the shooting, and I immediately registered to vote. But many of my fellow survivors can’t vote yet, and we are counting on you to stand up for young people at the ballot box.
This week the Democratic Party launched IWillVote — a national campaign to organize voters and get them to the polls. Voting is the first step toward ending gun violence, so I’d like to ask you to do something important today.
Will you add your name right now to commit to vote this fall?
Students like me are protesting, marching, and speaking out for our right to live free from the fear of gun violence. We are talking to our elected officials and debating the president himself to demand new gun laws that will keep us safe.
We’ve kept up the momentum of our #NeverAgain movement — but the truth is many of us are not old enough to vote.
We need you, the people of America, to get out and vote this year — for you, your family, your community, but also for people like me. Do it for the survivors who can’t vote yet. Do it for those who will never be able to vote because they were murdered in their school, their neighborhood, or their place of worship. Do it so no parent will ever have to receive the news that their child has been shot at school.
There is too much at stake for us to retreat from this fight. Can I count on you to commit to vote this fall?
Add your name right now to commit to vote in the fall. It’s up to every single one of us to organize our friends, family, and neighbors to go to the polls.
I will never lose my sense of outrage over our country’s gun violence problem — and I will never stop fighting to make sure our elected officials do something about it. I hope you won’t either.
Marjory Stoneman Douglas Student and Survivor
Choosing to sign the petition directs the reader to a page that takes them to a DNC page that gathers their information, as this screenshot shows.
After submitting their name and contact information, visitors are then directed to a donation page.
Given the number of times the DNC has sent out the email since last Friday, it appears the donation request has been very effective.