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UPDATED: Romney Donating Sandy Supplies To GOP Swing States — Not NY

by David Badash on October 30, 2012

in News,Politics

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Editor’s note: 6:55 PM ET  – Ten minutes ago, CNN updated their story, which we quote below, to state that a Red Cross warehouse has decided to accept donations of Romney’s supplies, though it does not indicate where the supplies will be distributed. This is a direct contradiction of Red Cross policies.

We add the additional CNN reporting at the bottom of this story and have left the remainder of this piece intact.

The Romney campaign still is not sending donations of supplies to New York, where New York City and surrounding areas were extremely hard hit.

Mitt Romney is sending the supplies he asked supporters to bring to his “non-political” campaign event today — to which Romney invited NASCAR driver Richard Petty — in the battleground state of Ohio, only to victims of Hurricane Sandy in swing states that the GOP candidate has a chance of winning: Virginia, North Carolina, New Hampshire and Pennsylvania — not the two areas hardest hit by Hurricane Sandy: New Jersey and New York.

READ: Romney Campaigning Off Storm: Holding ‘Relief Event’ With NASCAR’s Petty

The sheer audacity of this is truly staggering.

At least 29 people have now died because of Hurricane Sandy, in the U.S. alone, and almost 100 internationally. Ten of the 29 died in New York City alone.

First, as The New Civil Rights Movement has repeatedly reported, Romney’s urging to supporters to bring supplies, like blankets, water, and canned goods — instead of donating directly to the Red Cross — actually impedes relief efforts. The Red Cross will not even accept hard supplies, as they have no method to properly distribute them, and accepts financial donations only, because it’s easier to manage and less costly.

READ: Romney Attempts To Use Hurricane For Campaign, Impede Emergency Response

“After addressing the crowd briefly, the GOP nominee hopped off a makeshift stage to glad-hand with supporters and collect items as they filed past to donate relief goods like bottled water, canned foods and fleece blankets,” CNN reports:

The campaign announced they would load supplies into a campaign bus for delivery in Virginia, North Carolina, New Hampshire and Pennsylvania – all swing states impacted by the storm.

He did not answer questions from reporters on whether he would eliminate the Federal Emergency Management Agency as president – a topic the storm brought back into the political spotlight from the Republican primaries when Romney said he favored states taking a larger role in disaster relief.

Romney’s “non-political” campaign event, held instead of a publicized, presumptuous “victory rally,” was just a differently-dressed campaign rally.

READ: Mitt Romney: Keeping Federal Disaster Relief Agency Is ‘Immoral’

The sheer audacity of this is truly staggering.

“The event itself was billed as a ‘storm relief’ benefit, and the Romney campaign asked supporters to bring with them food and other goods to donate to victims of the storm,” Adam Peck at Think Progress reports:

But soon, reporters poked holes in the campaign’s explanation for staging the rally. First, the relief event was scheduled for the same time and location as a recently canceled political rally. Then, photos emerged, showing that donors were asked to wait to drop off their goods until Romney arrived to accept them himself, suggesting a photo op not unlike the one his running mate Paul Ryan staged earlier this month in a soup kitchen. And Salon noticed that the targeted recipient of all of the donations — the Red Cross — doesn’t even accept most of what the Romney campaign collected in Ohio.

But just in case there were any lingering questions over the political nature of the relief rally, Romney’s staff left no room for doubt when they aired a biographical video that was part of the Republican National Convention in August (and used by the campaign at political events since).

Peck adds:

Sen. John McCain (R-AZ) condemned Obama in Ohio, while making an appearance on behalf of the candidate at a “storm relief and volunteer appreciation” event. “This president is either engaged in a massive cover-up deceiving the American people or he is so grossly incompetent that he is not qualified to be the commander in chief of our armed forces. It’s either one of them,” McCain told Romney volunteers.

The sheer audacity of this is truly staggering.



Romney’s campaign told reporters that a Red Cross warehouse in New Jersey was accepting the donation, and distributed a statement they attributed to the Red Cross.

“The American Red Cross appreciates the support from the Romney campaign and is working with the campaign to process this donation of supplies,” the statement read. “We are grateful that both the Obama and Romney campaigns have also encouraged the public to send financial donations to the Red Cross. We encourage individuals who want to help to consider making a financial donation or making an appointment to give blood.”



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Hat-tip: Joey Gillis

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GaelicWench October 30, 2012 at 8:54 pm

This guy is so disingenuous; it is all about him.

RALPH October 31, 2012 at 4:13 am


Lar55 October 30, 2012 at 9:51 pm

Romney on Sandy:

"What’s the problem? My house is flooded and totally destroyed. Who really needs FEMA?.I don't. Ryan voted to cut it's funding 7 times. He must know something! Heck, I’ll just buy another one or two replacement houses” “I don’t understand, I just don’t get it. Why can’t you just ask your father to do that for you?” Oh! by the way send a can of food to the Red Cross.

Prime_Mover October 30, 2012 at 11:57 pm

My goodness the GOPers are terribly busy commiting all kinds of evil acts these days aren't they? Rigging ballots so stupid voters votes get nullified, helping to send disaster relief goods to affected areas, is there no depth to which they will not sink? This whole article is a joke. Talk about using the disaster for political gains? You just read the article.

lovemehatemeexpress October 31, 2012 at 12:43 am

1. This article first of all is not affiliated with the Obama campaign therefore writing this article has no effect to the extent that there would be any political gain.
2. What Romney is doing has all to do with political gain and is in stark affiliated with the Romney campaign. I for one hope those precious few can goods end up with people who need them. However, honestly can goods are not the main priority of Storm Sandy Victims. 1 is search and rescue, 2 is shelter because what good are cans to you if you are floating around New Jersey.
3. The best thing Romney could have done was give the Campaign a rest, and donate all he could to anyone of these efforts and urged his "fellow man" (oxymoron? Because I don't this anyone considers Romney his fellow man) To help all they could. But he didn't. And I see it in poor class for McCain to bash on the president who is doing a wonderful job at what he can do for these people. It's like John McCain hates Romney, there more John McCain talks up Romney the more unlikable he is. But that is hardly the case at hand.
I think that Romney is almost patronizing the the his supporters and non-supporters in the joke he makes this very serious event out to be.

emravenstar October 31, 2012 at 9:12 am

The Red Cross specifically told Romney's campaign NOT to donate canned goods, clothing, etc. It wastes the precious time and energy that the Red Cross has to help the people most affected by this disaster. Yes, the GOP has been rigging ballots. Yes, the GOP has been intimidating voters. Yes, the GOP has aired ads that targets those of us who would most likely vote for the Democratic party, like the elderly, blacks, Latinos, just to name a few. Supporters of the GOP have been caught registering ONLY Republican voters, and if someone registers Democrat, they (the supporters) change the registration to Republican. If you cared to do any type of real research from unbiased sources, such as the major networks not Fox News, you would realize that the GOP is employing every tactic they can think of to hand over the keys of our country to Romney, who can't keep his lies straight and actually stand for something other than benefiting the Rich on the backs of the rest of the country. They have no conscience when it comes to winning, so they do everything they can to do so. They don't care about the people….Romney has said so himself. Wake up! You read the article. His "storm relief" event was the same thing as his rally that he had "cancelled", just so he can show the people how wonderful (NOT!) he is. If he TRULY cared about the people, he would have been in New York, New Jersey, or any of the other areas most hard hit by Hurricane Sandy, and NOT in Dayton Ohio, trying to prove he cares. Actions speak louder than words, and his speak volumes.

RALPH October 31, 2012 at 3:45 am


emravenstar October 31, 2012 at 9:00 am

Really, Ralph??? It's people like you who spread the garbage within the link you provided that perpetrates the hated and ignorance in this country. Face it…Romney is a lying, cheating, flip flopper who couldn't describe his true stance if his life depended on it. New Yorkers, along with everyone else affected by Hurricane Sandy, need any help they can get at this time, and any caring individual who donates anything for such a cause shouldn't expect their donations to go anywhere specific, expect to those most in need. I sure wish that your GOD would bring on a flood that wipes out all of you ignorant raving lunatics who so flagrantly twist everything and spread such hatred. Now, that would be Karma!

RALPH October 31, 2012 at 11:20 am




emravenstar October 31, 2012 at 1:26 pm

Romney is proving himself to be someone not willing to get dirty and actually go where the help is needed. If he really cared about those affected by Hurricane Sandy, he would have been in NJ or NY, not OH, holding a rally. You have proven my point Ralph.

RALPH October 31, 2012 at 6:52 pm


Pollee October 31, 2012 at 4:22 am

I've read the article, but can't bring myself to watch the video. I caught part of his comments on CSPAN and had to turn it off. He is starting to bother me the way Palin does. It's a visceral feeling of fear for our future.

ms_nichols October 31, 2012 at 9:36 am

So, he held a fund raiser to help people instead of campaigning. Don't hate.

emravenstar October 31, 2012 at 1:28 pm

That's funny, considering his "fund raiser" happened to occur at the exact time and place his rally was supposed to be, with the exact same celebrities he had scheduled for his rally…the rally that he "cancelled".

radsenior October 31, 2012 at 11:20 am

Mitt Romney collecting and donating goods collected in a non-political campaign event in Ohio and other states, but not in New York. New Hampshire, North Carolina, Ohio, Pennsylvania and Virginia were impacted by hurricane Sandy but the worst hit was New Jersey and New York. A non-political event held by Romney-Ryan in states not as severely impacted says a lot about his non-political motives. And Romney still would not answer if FEMA would be eliminated if he got elected. His mormon religion must be foremost in his daily thought process.
Romney and his associates have also been accused of disenfranchising voters:
Then there are the outside groups who have subverted the system:
Then you have the Houston Chronicle reporting "Dirty Tricks" in Florida, Indiana and Virginia where people were called to vote early and someone would come by and pick up their ballots. Then there are DVD popping up in mailboxes about Obama's father.
Be sure to vote, but be careful who you vote for.

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