I'm all for courting small donors to engage voters and activists. But in my inbox today was this email from
Amway the Repubican National Committee.
Meet Paddy, the newest member of the Republican National Committee's family of elephants.Nice. Grassroots fundraising, reduced to gimmicks and "Hey, you using that dime?" desperation.
Paddy is available for a limited-time only and is sure to be snapped up quickly. Embroidered with the official logo of the RNC, Paddy is a wonderful plush toy and makes a perfect gift for St. Patrick's Day. Or give Paddy to the "Green" Republican in your life who is dedicated to improving the environment.
Jason, we'll send you Paddy today with your special contribution of at least $35.
Lauding their imaginative efforts, Wonkette has created the Ethnic Elephant Coalition Toys, augmenting the Irish "Paddy" with Max, the Republican Jewlephant, and more.