Is Mitch McConnell Exploiting The Syria Conflict for Campaign Fundraising?

| by Sarah Fruchtnicht
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Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnel (R-Ky.) is touting his opposition of military strikes in Syria to fundraise.

Minutes after President Barack Obama addressed the nation about the conflict in Syria, McConnell’s campaign manager Jesse Benton sent out an email restating McConnell’s opposition as “a ringing example of why we need to keep Mitch fighting for us in the United States Senate.” At the end, the email asks for campaign contributions.

“Mitch’s speech was one of the most well-reasoned and thorough arguments that I have ever heard on the Senate floor,” Benton said in reference to a speech McConnell gave on the floor of the Senate Tuesday.

“It’s clear that he has dedicated himself to understanding the Syrian situation inside and out, and that he is fighting for Kentucky on the national, and international, stage,” he wrote.

“Anything that you can contribute will go a long way towards our goal,” he closes the letter.

McConnell is the only Republican leader to oppose the military strikes, The Hill reported. He was the last leader to weigh in on the issue Tuesday.

His Democratic contender for his Senate seat this November, Alison Lundergan Grimes, blasted McConnell for the email.

“Senator McConnell’s fundraising email is outrageous and shameful,” said Grimes’ spokeswoman Charly Norton. “It is politics at its worst. Senator McConnell is exploiting the tragedy in Syria for his own political gain. It took him weeks to tell Kentuckians where he stood, yet only seconds to fundraise off of this humanitarian crisis.”

Sources: The Hill, Raw Story