Friday, December 6, 2013
Cynthia Dill's use of the Aurora, Colo., move theater shootings to raise funds for her U.S. Senate campaign got the attention of U.S. News and World Report.
The blog post – titled "Maine Democratic Lawmaker Uses Aurora Shooting to Drum Up Cash" – notes Dill is "notoriously outspoken" and cites a fundraising email from her U.S. Senate campaign that talks about murdered children and weeping mothers, and asks for $100 donations.
Dill issued a call for stricter gun control laws in the wake of the massacre and was criticized by at least one opponent for politicizing the incident. She told U.S. News the strong language was necessary given the issue and that the fundraising appeal was an opportunity to restate her support for gun control.
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