msnbc.com staff and news service reports
updated 10/10/2009 5:33:12 PM ET 2009-10-10T21:33:12

The head of the Republican National Committee was quick to question why President Barack Obama would be awarded the Nobel Peace Prize, and now he's using the announcement to raise money for the party.

Obama won the prize "for awesomeness," Michael Steele says in a fundraising e-mail. The decision shows "how meaningless a once honorable and respected award has become," he adds.

Steele wrote that "the Democrats and their international leftist allies want America made subservient to the agenda of global redistribution and control. And truly patriotic Americans like you and our Republican Party are the only thing standing in their way."

After signing off, Steele added this note: "P.S. President Obama's award of the Nobel Peace Prize puts the cart before the horse. Help us remind the Democrats that trendy slogans and international esteem don't create new jobs for Americans, reduce the national debt, or keep our country safer in a dangerous world by making a secure online contribution of $25, $50, $100, $500 or $1,000 to the RNC today."

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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