On Feb. 14, N.C. Rep. Christy Clark, whose district includes northern Mecklenburg County, used the one-year anniversary of the Stoneman Douglas High School massacre in Florida to reach out to her supporters.

In an email, she noted that earlier in the day she had co-sponsored a bill aimed at curbing gun violence. That was no surprise, given that the Democrat became involved in politics as a gun-control advocate who defeated Republican incumbent John Bradford in November.

It was the next part of her email that got our attention.

“This bill is a significant step towards ending gun violence while at the same time respecting the Second Amendment,” she continued. “But I can’t do it without your help. Will you stand with N.C. House Democrats and give $10, $25 or $50 to ensure a safer future without gun violence? As a mom of five, I see my children growing up in a lockdown society where mass shootings are not just feared, but expected. We don’t have to live like this.

The plea was followed by four blue “Donate” boxes encouraging the reader to click and contribute $20, $25, $50 or $100.

To what? Turns out that the funds go to the N.C. Democratic Party House Caucus, which is “the only organization whose sole purpose is to elect more Democrats to the North Carolina House of Representatives,” according to the organization’s website.

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