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GOP Congressman Who Slammed Democrats For Fundraising Over Shutdown Is Fundraising Over Shutdown

“I hope you’ll be as disturbed as I am at what I’m about to share,” Rep. Schweikert said.

U.S. Rep. David Schweikert speaks during a forum, Thursday, Aug. 22, 2013 in Mesa, Ariz. AP

Arizona Republican Rep. David Schweikert, who recently blamed Democrats for shutting down the government in order to fundraise, is slamming Democrats once again for fundraising and allegedly collecting email addresses, in a fundraising email of his own.

Schweikert said in an email obtained Tuesday he was “disturbed” that Democrats are collecting emails during the shutdown, saying “we deserve better” and “truly, I’m disappointed.”

The Arizona representative also said the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee reported “that they captured over 27,000 new email addresses in just a four-hour window of time.” A claim BuzzFeed has not found evidence of.

“I don’t know about you, but we cannot let the left get away with these kinds of antics,” exclaimed the Republican at the end of his email.

On Saturday, Schweikert told an Arizona station Democrats shut down the federal government in order to fundraise.

“If you really want to dig down into what’s really going on at base level, the rumor all around Capitol Hill, it’s that this has become a fundraising opportunity,” Schweikert told KTVK when asking if the shutdown was over Obamacare.

“I know this sounds one off, but the reality of it, much of the speechifying, as we call it, you see going on the floor of the House on the Democrat side has been loading up their coffers with online contributions and it’s incredibly cynical because you start to think of why would someone be motivated not to even assign a conference committee just to have a conversation?”

Schweikert also recently tweeted that President Obama was trying to close the ocean because of the government shutdown. The independent fact-checking site Politifact derided the claim as “false.”

The Schweikert campaign did not immediately return a request for comment.

The fundraising email, signed by the congressman, can be viewed below.

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Andrew Kaczynski is a political reporter for BuzzFeed News and is based in New York.
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