Friday, June 01, 2007

Immigration problems for GOP: There has been a sharp decline in contributions from RNC phone solicitations over amnesty for illegal aliens

Washington Times:

The Republican National Committee, hit by a grass-roots donors' rebellion over President Bush's immigration policy, has fired all 65 of its telephone solicitors, Ralph Z. Hallow will report Friday in The Washington Times.

Faced with an estimated 40 percent fall-off in small-donor contributions and aging phone-bank equipment that the RNC said would cost too much to update, Anne Hathaway, the committee's chief of staff, summoned the solicitations staff last week and told them they were out of work, effective immediately, the fired staffers told The Times.

The national committee yesterday confirmed the firings that took place more than a week ago, but denied that the move was motivated by declining donor response to phone solicitations.

"The phone-bank employees were terminated," RNC spokeswoman Tracey Schmitt wrote by e-mail in response to questions sent by The Times. "This was not an easy decision. The first and primary motivating factor was the state of the phone bank technology, which was outdated and difficult to maintain. The RNC was advised that we would soon need an entire new system to remain viable."

Fired employees acknowledged that the committee's phone equipment was outdated, but said a sharp drop-off in donations "probably" hastened the end of the RNC's in-house phone-bank operation.

"Last year, my solicitations totaled $164,000, and this year the way they were running for the first four months, they would total $100,000 by the end of 2007," said one fired phone bank solicitor who asked not to be identified.

There has been a sharp decline in contributions from RNC phone solicitations, another fired staffer said, reporting that many former donors flatly refuse to give more money to the national party if Mr. Bush and the Senate Republicans insist on supporting what these angry contributors call "amnesty" for illegal aliens.

"Everyone donor in 50 states we reached has been angry, especially in the last month and a half, and for 99 percent of them immigration is the No. 1 issue," said the former employee.

Small GOP donations IMPLODE over Immigration

3 Comments:

At 3:11 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

How did Immigration become just a GOP issue?? It's a national issue.

But the nation in a large part is not that vocal. All those loud blogs are coming from the far Right. What does that say? Hmmmm... Hey! Did someone shout...Bigot and racist?

Out of curiosity... what percentage of the GOP base comprise of White Supremacist groups? So if they stopped paying tributes to GOP funds so what?

 
At 3:31 PM, Anonymous Unique Articles said...

It was the night before KWANZAA, and all through the night, nothin was asleep cause nobody really knows how to celebrate kwanzaa.

 
At 3:19 PM, Anonymous Lenny said...

Out of curiosity... what percentage of the GOP base comprise of White Supremacist groups?

If you want to find racially-motivated bigots you have to look to the Democrats since they get much of their support from racist groups such as La Raza and from "former" Black Panthers.

 

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