A top Democrat strategist has said that the “primary” purpose of the January 6 hearings is fundraising, firing up the base with political drama.
Speaking to Axios, Murshed Zaheed, said that all of the drama in the January 6 Committee seen by the Democrat voter base will energise them, and encourage them to donate to the party. So much so, that Zaheed said “fundraising for a lot of the Democratic Party institutions and establishments” was the “primary purpose” of the committee.
“It’s unclear how much of it is to actually move the needle in holding Trump accountable,” Zaheed, a California-based progressive strategist who served as a senior leadership aide for former Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, added. However, the committee will definitely “give lots of content for the email programs.”
In a thread on Twitter, Zaheed praised a number of Democrat fundraising emails, including those from the campaign team of Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, and the Progressive Change Campaign Committee, an Elizabeth Warren-aligned PAC, for properly using content from the January 6 Committee.
More good content – this time it’s from team @AOC – clear, crisp bulleted toplines (with citations). Her team’s first clear ask with link is encouraging her massive supporter base to watch the next hearings. Clear and crisp – just like how she always is. pic.twitter.com/w0yNvUIGN6
— Murshed Zaheed (@murshedz) June 11, 2022
As I have noted numerous times over the years @BoldProgressive executes a top-class email program, no surprise they are making the best out of the situation in organizing around #January6thCommitteeHearings pic.twitter.com/BI1fkIKL44
— Murshed Zaheed (@murshedz) June 12, 2022
VoteVets, one of the Democrat groups focused on veterans, confirmed to Axios that they had seen success from discussing the work of the January 6 committee in their fundraising.
“Our base of progressive military veterans, families and their supporters click through our emails at an especially high rate when we’re promoting our work to hold insurrectionists accountable, and beat back disinformation, like the Big Lie,” said Paul Eaton, a senior advisor to VoteVets and a former army major general.
“They still take the rule of law, and our Constitution, incredibly seriously and realize we’re at a defining moment,” Eaton added. “We strongly believe that the majority of voters also realize this, which is why we’re not going to shy away from this issue in 2022.”
Valiant News reported last week that President Trump said that the protests on January 6 “represented the greatest movement in the history of our Country to Make America Great Again,” arguing that the committee “didn’t spend one minute studying the reason that people went to Washington, D.C., in massive numbers.”
The 45th President even went so far as to dismiss committee testimony from his daughter, Ivanka, who appeared to publicly reject her father’s claims that the 2020 election was stolen, arguing that she “was not involved in looking at, or studying, Election results,” and had “long since checked out” by that point.