Friday, June 01, 2007

RNC faces donor falloff, fires 65 people/immigration problems

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RNC faces donor falloff, fires solicitors
June 1, 2007

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, The Washington Times has learned.

Faced with an estimated 40 percent falloff 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 and told them they were out of work, effective immediately, fired staff members told The Times.

Several of the solicitors fired at the May 24 meeting reported declining contributions and a donor backlash against the immigration proposals now being pushed by Mr. Bush and Senate Republicans.

"Every 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 a fired phone bank employee who said the severance pay the RNC agreed to pay him was contingent on his not criticizing the national committee.

A spokeswoman for the committee denied any drop-off in fundraising. "We have not heard anyone in our donor calls who supported the president on immigration," said a fired phone solicitor, who described himself as a Republican activist.
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Anonymous Anonymous said...

I voted for President Bush twice and have supported him through the Iraq war, the attacks by the lunatic fringe liberals, his support of (ridiculous) budget increases, and other decisions I thought questionable. I am now furious that he has called me and other conservatives bigots because we believe in the tenets of law and order.
I've told the last three solicitors who called from the RNC asking for money that they could take me off their lists; I would no longer give a nickle to them until they got their position correct on immigration and until they apologized to the millions of us who they've impugned.

10:35 AM, June 02, 2007  

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