One month ago, the 130 mph winds of Hurricane Irma ripped through Florida, killing 61 people and destroying upwards of $200 billion in property. Tens of thousands are still displaced, eagerly waiting for the permanent shelter of a FEMA trailer.
But none of that could stop Sen. Bill Nelson, D-Fla., from fundraising. For a second time in two weeks, the Florida man has tried making public tragedy into a money-making opportunity.
"There's been a lot going on in Washington recently, from finding ways to fund these massive hurricane recovery efforts to preventing the passage of yet another disastrous GOP healthcare bill," writes Nelson, casually equivocating natural disaster with popular reform.
"I've spent the last few weeks traveling all across the state of Florida," the senator continues, "meeting with as many peoples as I can in the aftermath of these storms."
Below that there's a big red button to contribute. But the funds don't flow to an organization like the Red Cross. The money doesn't go to any kind of hurricane relief. The cash goes straight into Nelson's campaign pocket.
That's a shame.
Philip Wegmann is a commentary writer for the Washington Examiner.