On the very night after the shooting of State Representative Gabrielle Giffords, a Democrat group called 21st Century Democrats sent out an email blast with links that led straight back to its website on which was prominently featured a donate now button. Now, only a few days later, Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders is also using the shooting to raise funds. Shockingly, disgustingly, leftists are using this incident to raise money.

As I reported on Sunday, only hours after the shooting, the group 21st Century Democrats was preparing to send out a letter playing at sympathy for those fallen and injured. The email blast immediately blamed Sarah Palin and the Tea Party movement and then cynically invoked religion by asking for supporters to share their “thoughts and prayers” at the 21st Century Democrats website.

A link to the group’s website was then provided and if clicked upon a large button asking visitors to “Donate Now” is unavoidable. Sadly, the group not only used this crime to push its anti-Palin, anti-Tea Party message but also tried to make money from it.

This group is no fringe group. It claims to be a “grassroots” organization, but like most left-wing groups in America it was created by some powerful Democrats and was not created at the grassroots level at all. As it happens, 21st Century Democrats was created by powerful Democrat Senator Tom Harkin of Iowa, and now former Representative Lane Evans of Illinois with a little help from well-known left-wing pundit Jim Hightower. None of these folks are very grassrootie, for sure.

Now, only two days after the crime in Arizona, the Senate’s self-proclaimed “independent,” Bernie Sanders of Vermont — who’s also a self-proclaimed socialist — has himself sent out a fundraising letter and his didn’t make an attempt to hide behind God. Sanders’ letter was a straight out plea for cash played against the incident.

Sanders letter said in part:

Given the recent tragedy in Arizona, as well as the start of the new Congress, I wanted to take this opportunity to share a few words with political friends in Vermont and throughout the country. I also want to thank the very many supporters who have begun contributing online to my 2012 reelection campaign at www.bernie.org. There is no question but that the Republican Party, big money corporate interests and right-wing organizations will vigorously oppose me. Your financial support now and in the future is much appreciated.

Could any of this be more outrageous? The left in America is using this criminal tragedy to make money for themselves and to push their political agenda.

Simply unbelievable.