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Senate Republican’s Bait-and-Switch Fundraising | Commentary

Hundreds of thousands of conservatives receive National Republican Senatorial Committee fundraising letters that would be considered “bait-and-switch” or even money laundering in the commercial world.

The NRSC asks conservatives to send their hard-earned money with the promise of helping elect senators who will cut taxes, fight big government and protect liberty. Conservatives may be sending money believing that, but the NSRC uses your money to help elect progressive, big-government establishment incumbents, the ones conservatives would prefer not be in office because they are part of the problem.

One recent fundraising letter from NRSC Chairman Jerry Moran of Kansas says, “[W]e are contacting citizens [in your area] who we believe support the Republican Party’s core conservative principles of small government, lower taxes, a strong national defense and a belief in our inalienable individual liberties.”

The letter adds, “To stop Barack Obama and capture control of the U.S. Senate, we need the support of loyal conservatives all across America.”

Sen. John Thune of South Dakota sent another NSRC letter saying, “If we’re going to change the direction of our GOP and build a party that can win in 2014 and beyond, that process must be driven by individuals like you all over America—patriotic men and women who understand why we need to enact new conservative policies.” He added, “The Democrats have enacted policies that are helping government bureaucrats, union bosses and politically-connected corporations, but hurting working families and small businesses.”

Reading these fundraising letters, you’d think the NRSC was supporting tea party principles.

I recently called on conservatives to boycott the NRSC, noting: “In the wake of the National Republican Senatorial Committee’s announcement that, after incumbent Senator Thad Cochran, R-Miss., finished second in the Mississippi Republican primary, the NRSC is ‘all in for Thad’ in the June 24 runoff.”

The problem, however, is far wider and more serious than just this one primary race in Mississippi, where the NRSC-backed incumbent Thad Cochran did not receive as many votes as the tea party challenger, Chris McDaniel.

Conservatives are asked to send the NRSC money, which is then funneled to establishment Republicans who continue to oversee and participate in the growth of government, violations of the Constitution and the consequent destruction of our liberties. So many of these establishment Republicans are actually progressives who are part of the ruling class that is transforming America — in varying ways and speeds — away from our constitutional republic.

Progressive Republicans are helping wreck America and are saddling future generations with unimaginable debt and lost opportunity. They have been selling out conservatives and America’s principles of liberty for more than 102 years, as I explain in my new book, “Takeover.”

The NRSC’s fundraising messages targeted to a conservative audience are misleading. Nowhere does the NRSC say it will use conservative contributions to help defeat conservative challengers in Republican primaries, yet that is what the NRSC has done.

The NSRC is funneling money to Big Government Republicans who violate core conservative principles of small government and our inalienable individual liberties and who help government bureaucrats and politically connected corporations.

As with “you can keep your doctor” or a bad used car salesman, conservatives should know that the NRSC is like any other bait-and-switch scam.

Richard A. Viguerie is chairman of and the author of “Takeover: The 100-Year War for the Soul of the GOP and How Conservatives Can Finally Win It.”