Representative Paul Broun (R-GA) is leaving Congress after a failed run for the Republican nomination to replace retiring Saxby Chambliss in the Senate. And while he may no longer need a campaign war chest of his own, he is busy using the fears being whipped up by the right-wing media to raise money.
In an email through the mailing list of Conservative Action Fund sent out on Friday, he implores the recipients to sign a petition to stop all flights from the West African nations affected by the Ebola virus.
In the email Broun says:
“[I have] joined with the Conservative Action Fund and started the Stop Ebola Petition to ensure the safety of Americans and demand Congress end all commercial flights from ebola stricken nations. … As a doctor, I know what a terrible and deadly disease ebola is, and I know that if we do not STOP EBOLA TODAY, we will be in a much worse situation very soon.”
Broun is the same man who said in 2012:
“I’ve come to understand that. All that stuff I was taught about evolution, embryology, Big Bang theory, all that is lies straight from the pit of hell.”
Of course there is a simple explanation for the scare tactics being employed here — money.
The email goes on to suggest that the recipient “chip in $5 or $10 to the Conservative Action Fund to help us distribute this petition to literally millions of American citizens.”
The Conservative Action Fund founder is Shaun McCutcheon of McCutcheon v. FEC, the case decided by the Supreme Court in April which struck down the limits on how much an individual may give to political campaigns in a given year.
Broun’s office also sent an email to Speaker John Boehner on Monday calling on him to:
“Reconvene Congress immediately for an emergency session so that we can work to address the threat (from Ebola). This means putting in place a travel ban from regions affected by Ebola — namely, Liberia, Guinea, and Sierra Leone as well as no longer issuing temporary visas for individuals from these countries. … Air travel is what brought this virus to the United States, and in order to contain it, we must prevent it from entering our country further.”
Broun is demonstrating the effectiveness of using irrational fears in a campaign to separate people from their hard-earned money.