Democrats are using Mitt Romney and Paul Ryan's big North Carolina rallies as a fundraising tool.
This is a fundraising email from the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee field director: "I just got this disturbing report: Yesterday’s Romney-Ryan rally in North Carolina pulled in an overflow crowd of 15,000 people. There’s no spinning that number. It’s a LOT of people, and the Republican base in energized. ... We’ve got to step up our game and mobilize our supporters -- starting right now."
The email tries to urge Democrats to donate to counter the tea partiers praising Ryan's pick.
(Note: The overflow crowd of 15,000 is an exaggeration. Romney's campaign estimated 10,000 to 15,000 for the High Point event, including those inside the main event. But even those numbers appeared grossly overblown with media guestimates hitting closer to the 5,000 to 7,000 range.)