The Republican National Committee plans to fuel fundraising and fire up their base with a campaign that will aggressively play up fear of President Obama and concerns about socialism. That's according to a confidential PowerPoint slideshow.
The document not only contained the strategy-of-fear suggestions and additional unflattering caricatures of House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid. It also advised that ego-driven donors could be curried with access to events and party big-wigs and cheap giveaways.
The presentation includes a page called "The Evil Empire." It features several caricatures: Nancy Pelosi as Cruella De Vil, Harry Reid as Scooby Doo, and President Obama portrayed in white face paint like the joker from "Batman."
Democrats have dubbed the fundraising plan, contained in a private GOP document, "RNC Fear-Gate."
They have accused Republicans of adopting extreme Tea Party talking points and called on GOP leaders to repudiate the strategy.
A handful of Republicans have labeled the document "unhelpful."
The document, in the form of a PowerPoint presentation, was presented by RNC Finance Director Rob Bickhart at a fundraisers' retreat in Florida last month. Its existence was reported this week by Politico, a Washington-based political publication.