09/03/2014 05:07 EDT | Updated 09/03/2014 05:59 EDT

Conservatives Attack 'Media Elites' In Fundraising Efforts

Canada's Prime Minister Stephen Harper speaks during a media conference during the G-8 summit at the Lough Erne golf resort in Enniskillen, Northern Ireland, on Tuesday, June 18, 2013. The final day of the G-8 summit of wealthy nations is ending with discussions on globe-trotting corporate tax dodgers, a lunch with leaders from Africa, and suspense over whether Russia and Western leaders can avoid diplomatic fireworks over their deadlock on Syria’s civil war. (AP Photo/Ben Stansall, Pool)

The federal Conservatives' attacks on "media elites" must be working.

A fundraising email circulated by political operations director Fred DeLorey on Wednesday slammed the Liberal Party's hiring of Colin Horgan, a former iPolitics journalist and writer for CTV News' "Kevin Newman Live," as a "senior advisor."

The email read as follows:

"When we told you the Ottawa media elites were working against us, reporters laughed at us.

... Then the Liberals hired a CTV journalist to work as a high-level spin doctor.

This confirms our suspicions — and our need for your support. Can I count on you to chip in $5 today?"

Horgan, who has been hired as a speechwriter, according to the Ottawa Citizen's Glen McGregor, made a joke out of the email on his Twitter Wednesday.

His citation in a fundraising email is part of a trend of the Tories attacking so-called "media elites" in an effort to raise money from supporters.

Late last month, a Conservative fundraising letter slammed Toronto Star columnist Heather Mallick for penning a column about Justin Trudeau that was called a "heartsick teenager's love letter" to the Liberal leader.

From the email:

"This morning, I picked up a paper to read with my morning coffee.

You won't believe what I found inside.

I discovered a 740-word column by the Toronto Star's Heather Mallick, full of disgusting personal attacks on the Prime Minister.

I won't go into detail, but it included the word 'sociopathic.' Not even trying to hide her bias, Mallick ends her column hoping that when it comes to Conservative majority, 'next year it will be over.'"

And that email was followed by another that was attributed to Tory MP Michelle Rempel.

It slammed a journalist for having commented on the MP's appearance in a Twitter picture last year as she criticized Trudeau for holding a "women's event in thinly veiled gendered language."

Absent from these emails was any mention of the journalists that the Conservatives have hired themselves.

McGregor noted that former Canadian Press reporter Dan Dugas and ex-Sun Media journalist Bill Rodgers have gone on to work for Tory cabinet ministers.

Meanwhile, Scott Anderson, a former Ottawa Citizen editor, is now a senior advisor to the prime minister while Derek Shelly, formerly of The Kingston Whig-Standard, is a PMO speechwriter.

There is likewise no mention of Mike Duffy and Pamela Wallin, former journalists whom the Tories appointed to the Senate but were suspended amid an expense scandal. Former Tory cabinet minister Peter Kent also had a long career in broadcast journalism before jumping into the political arena.

The reason that the Conservatives are sending these emails is that it helps them rake in donations, said The Ottawa Citizen's Jason Fekete.

He noted that the Tories raised over $18 million in 2013, nearly $7 million more than the Liberals did and about $10 million more than Thomas Mulcair's NDP.

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