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Bush's Immigration Stance is Seriously Hurting RNC Fundraising

Republican donors are pissed at President Bush for pushing his amnesty bill, and the RNC is taking the hit. Bryan at Hot Air links to a Washington Times piece that says RNC donations are down 40%:

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.

Why? It's right here toward the end of the piece:

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.

Comments (34)

Yep. I love it when they c... (Below threshold)

Yep. I love it when they call me at home during dinner to ask for money. I doubt if they will ever wake up. We'll need to elect Hillary to get the revolution going.

Why don't we just nuke it f... (Below threshold)

Why don't we just nuke it from space. It's the only way to be sure.

And it will be easier to recover from than electing Hillary.

Good. This, plus anyone th... (Below threshold)

Good. This, plus anyone that is so motivated tell the heads of the House and Senate GOP re-election committees that you're switching your registration to Constitution, Libertarian, whatever are the surest ways to drive the message home: the base DOES NOT WANT this bill and is ready to throw down over it.

When the RNC sends me a "su... (Below threshold)

When the RNC sends me a "survey" (little more than a request for money) I send back in big red majic marker "No money until: Secure the Borders, Curb Federal Spending, Conservative Judges"

As an RNC member, NRA membe... (Below threshold)

As an RNC member, NRA member etc., I give regularly.
Just as the posts above, I have expressed my disapproval of this immigration disaster by withholding my money.

One thing to remember here folks, the (carrot and the stick). WE already know how to SLAP them with lack of donations, lets not forget to GIVE more, IF and WHEN they act in a positive way.

Hmmm... not too many weighi... (Below threshold)
Jp Rogers:

Hmmm... not too many weighing in on this issue.

President Bush does not conform to the will of the people. He has his own agenda, so screw everybody else. Its pretty apparent.
You see, illegal immigrants=cheap labor. Its that simple. Illegal immigrants do not sue their employers, do not require benefits, do not call OSHA, put up with labor abuses, and most importantly, WORK CHEAP. What could be better? So there you have it. Lincoln is rolling in his grave....

Tough titties. They really ... (Below threshold)

Tough titties. They really do need to be hit with the clue bat.

Loved the Aliens reference jpm. Made me LOL.

The problem I've noted abou... (Below threshold)

The problem I've noted about these phone solicitors is they call repeatedly, even when you ask to be taken off the list.

So far RNC doesn't have any $ from me this year because of repeated abuse by their phone "salesmen."

As I learned in business long ago, ANY contact with customers, no matter who mundane, is an opportunity for either disaster, or additional success. There's no quality control at RNC on this matter, I'm afraid.

Jp Rogers, what the hell ar... (Below threshold)

Jp Rogers, what the hell are you talking about. You nuts can't even address the point at issue.


I believe the immigration i... (Below threshold)
Jeff Blogworthy:

I believe the immigration issue is just the proverbial straw that... you know. The Republicans have been ticking people off for a while now. They are cowardly. I quit giving a long time ago. Bush's veto record is an embarrassment (I don't know why more bloggers don't talk about that). Big gov Bush is out there today stumping for global warming. I voted for the guy twice, and I thank God every day that Algore is not the president, but conservatives are getting tired of settling for "not conservative, but the best we can get" politicians. If they are going to act like Democrats then there is no need to support them. If the Republican party is going to be saved it will be by purging those who have turned their backs on the people and the constitution - not by voting for every Tom, Dick and Harry(iet) with an R by their name.

jprogers: "...immigrants do... (Below threshold)

jprogers: "...immigrants do not sue their employers, do not require benefits..."

Please cite relevant studies documenting the costs of illegals on social systems. I would recommend you focus primarily on education and health care. For instance, how many emergency rooms in Los Angeles County are open today compared to 10 years ago? Why the difference?

Of course, we already know why there is a difference, as those hospitals have reported publicly on the rationale behind the closings.

jprogers, thanks in advance for your lack of a substantive response as well as your (clearly) impenetrable ignorance.

"Hmmm... not too many weigh... (Below threshold)

"Hmmm... not too many weighing in on this issue.-Jp Rogers"

I call it psychic pain. They voted for the guy. Some of them twice!

You made cogent points. Don't mind the BushPC troll fairies.

BryanD, where are the troll... (Below threshold)

BryanD, where are the troll fairies posting on this?

And the topic just went up, and many have posted.

Is this just a reflex of yours, or a mental condition (the delusional statements).

Jp Rogers: "Hmmm... not too... (Below threshold)

Jp Rogers: "Hmmm... not too many weighing in on this issue.
You see, illegal immigrants=cheap labor. Its that simple."

Yeah, no kidding. Are you also calling your Dem asshole senators, because I'm call my Republican asshole senators.

This is a power grab BY BOTH SIDES over the will of the american people, on the backs of the american worker AND illegal immigrant, and end running the Democratic control of WE the People.

Everyone here has been talking about it. The entire conservative base is pissed. And WE are the one making the damn argument for a left that is letting this slide.

Lets nail the bastards. They all need to get the hell out of there. Plutocratic assholes.

I don't see into the future... (Below threshold)

I don't see into the future and don't talk to God but I did throw my 'final notice' from the RNC in the trash a few days ago. Let's see how stupid this has became, I volunteered to give them money on a regular basis (did not sign a contract) and now they're not doing the job and I'm not paying up and they send me a 'final' notice. Who's running the RNC, Howling Howie? Na, we have our own idiots Martinez/Gonzales/Chavez. Anyone notice anything similiar between the three idiots and other losers in the administration.
Someone up there needs to wake up, we are not democrats suffering a mental illness called BDS who would vote for the devil himself, if he has a 'D' after his name, even if it means burning in hell. We are the republican/conservative voters who elected you, and we are the voters and money suppliers that will send you home so you can continue your criminal activity someplace else. Come on dhimmi's, do the right thing and go after your own, they're all in the same bucket stroking each other.
Tell the republicans in congress and the president they are in the ninth, two outs and the worst hitter on the team is up. Change tactics or lose the entire game.
......No Amnesty.....

Scrappy-Let's see ... (Below threshold)


Let's see they all have "z" s in their last names-

You wouldn't want to imply that you are a racist like when you said you hated all of Mexico, all Mexicans, and anything to do with Mexico.


That you are a nut.

Like the time you said someone like Lee Harvey Oswald would be a hero if he shot Hillary.

LGF got into trouble for NOT reporting comments threatening LESS violence than that-or appearing to solicit or encourage it.

You people are extremists idiots and you are taking the whole republican party down in flames while we are at war.

All to fuel your petty hatreds.

Lighten up, Frances, er, No... (Below threshold)

Lighten up, Frances, er, Nony.

This post is not helping fo... (Below threshold)
DJ Drummond:

This post is not helping folks sort out the issue.

It's gasoline on the fire.

The flames are pretty, sure, and no doubt it's fun to get folks worked up. But in the end it just gets Donks elected.

Is that really what you want?

Mitchell-If you wa... (Below threshold)


If you want to defend these loons go right at it.

You wll lose BIG TIME.

Scrap Iron actually said that a Lee Harvey Oswald type taking care of Hillary would be a hero.

The comment is easy to find.

LGF got into trouble with the FBI for NOT reporting the IP address of someone who threatened to beat up a public offical-or those that encouraged it.

Go google it.

If you want to defend people that encourage assasination of presidential candidates go at it-you are just as nuts as the rest of them.

Here is Scrap Iron's commen... (Below threshold)

Here is Scrap Iron's comment-

The dumocrats have pumped her up, now it's up to you to deflate her swelled head. Lee Harvey Oswald, where are you when you're needed and you are needed real bad. Just look for a brain dead broad.
Posted by: Scrapiron at May 3, 2007 11:56 PM

He should be at least banned if not reported to the FBI.

The commenter Rayra at LGF was fianlly banned after his comments got the site in trouble with the FBI and he was not encouraging a shooting just beating someone up.

Disgusting. Defend that Mitchell.

This post is not h... (Below threshold)
This post is not helping folks sort out the issue.

It's gasoline on the fire.

The flames are pretty, sure, and no doubt it's fun to get folks worked up. But in the end it just gets Donks elected.

Is that really what you want?

Hate to bust your bubble of indignant rhetoric there, DJ, but the Donks have already been elected, but the GOP evidently didn't get the message that the electorate sent last November.

The only thing doubling down on a bad hand does is make you lose more money. Evidently this has not penetrated the skulls of the GOP braintrust.

Let us quote the Warden from Cool Hand Luke:
"What we've got here, is failure to communicate."

If it takes a few years in the wilderness to get the message through to those chuckleheads, then evidently that is the price to be paid.

It sucks, but that's what happen when you piss off your base of support.

I haven't given the RNC the... (Below threshold)

I haven't given the RNC the time of day, much less any money, in years. I think they finally scratched me off the list when they called after the "Gang of 14" fiasco. I told them flatly, "After you get judges x,y, and z (I had a list of those the compromise threw under the bus) a floor vote, you can call me again. NOT BEFORE, mmmkay? Buh-bye! "

I'm FOR a comprehensive solution for immigration reform, but I can't support this bill. It's weak on enforcement and security and long on empty promises and wildly stupid assumptions.

Most of the base couldn't care less about guest worker programs or "paths to citizenship," ALL they want to hear about is security before they will listen to anything else. I think they are wrong on that as a general concept, but I recognize they are NOT going to be persuaded to put security behind ANY other aspect.

The President and congressional GOP leadership needs to recognize that reality, as well. The support is not there, and the count isn't close enough for any amount of complaining to change that. It's back to the drawing board, and the sooner the better because we NEED solutions to all these problems, including security for borders and visas.

Uh, Nony, you might wa... (Below threshold)

Uh, Nony, you might want to do a little thing called RESEARCH before you make foolish and false posts about what supposedly occurred on LGF a year ago ...

Nony,You don't know ... (Below threshold)

You don't know what the hell you are talking about. I was there at the time and that is not how it went down.

The shriekers at LGF drew the attention of the FBI.
Rayra got banned for challenging Charles for banning members who tried to stop the shriekers and those that babbled such nonsense you referred to. The shriekers drew the attention of the FBI.

Funny how LGF started smelling worse after those with any brains were cut loose.

The problem here isn't immi... (Below threshold)
Tim in PA:

The problem here isn't immigration, it's people coming across our borders with total disregard for our laws, often followed by total disregard for us and our wallets (by way of sucking up our tax dollars). All this, because their own country sucks and they can't be bothered to fix it themselves.

Immigration is when people move here and go through the naturalization process and become citizens. Lets name this for what it is.

Immigrations is not having ... (Below threshold)
Piso Mojado:

Immigrations is not having to press 1 for English or trying to figure out what the hell the features or specs on the box of a product on the store shelf because it's in fricking Spanish.

Thanks Bush, you can get your cheap labor at your ranch forever now.

Piso Mojado

Nony you ignorant slut.... (Below threshold)

Nony you ignorant slut.

You've managed to whip together portions of multiple events spanning over 14 months and get it all quite wrong.

In the immediate wake of a bloody muslim terrorist strike in July of '05 and CAIR's usual 'we're the victim' garbage, I posted ' when is someone going to walk up to Ibrahim Hooper and put a bullet in his brain'.

It was an expression of my deep and abiding disgust that the lying terrorist-org-supporting scumbags of CAIR are allowed to freely work their political manuevers against these United States.
The comment went unremarked for nearly 48hrs, until (laughably) one of his associates at MPAC-UK (Nals Rawna) emailed it to Charles, CAIR and IIRC of all people, RNC Chairmen Mehlman.

He was the first to deliberately mischaracterize my remark as a direct threat.

Interesting that you parrot that MPAC-UK scumbag Bunglawala's deliberate distortion of my remark, too.

It was fully a year later, July of '06 when the legal-system-abusing monkeys of CAIR were desperate for a legal win after their fresh defeat in the Anti-CAIR harassment lawsuit and started bleating about email threats. They scraped together everything they could and sicced the FBI on them.
These children added my item of 1 year previously to the pile in an attempt to inflate the issue. It also came after a comparatively high-profile publishing of my attendance of the Mohammed Cartoons panel discussion at UC Irvine, in March, on rayra.net. The infantile behaviour of the jihadists was on full display and they sorely did (do) want to know who and where I am.

Demonstrably those matters amounted to nothing as no prosecutions arose, I've never been contacted, and apparently the FBI office in Los Angeles has better things to do, like observing the jihadists at UC Irvine (and having their officers ACTUALLY menaced by 'activists').

It was two months later (8/31/06) in the midst of ongoing arguments with some Settler-first BDS-sufferers that I went off on one of their incessant non sequitur anti-Bush rants and a year of complaints about poor Moderation of Lib trolls and Bush- and Sharon-bashers came to a head. The 'Charles' in that argument did nothing. But 3 hrs later Charles showed up and the Purge began. A dozen of his former fact-checkers, folks decrying the decline of LGF as more and more whiny anklebiting bitches (of either gender) were allowed to roam free, were tossed out.

And the lead stalking psychotic we were all bitching about, American Infidel, was tossed out the next day as a fig leaf.

LGF's readership stats (by Charles own posted data) went into a months-long decline after our Stalinesque ouster. There was a spate of increase when Charles began pursuing social-networking sites like Digg, but when the Digg-baiting and naval-gazing code-tweaking got too much his viewership stats collapsed again. They now hover at the levels they achieved immediately in the wake of Memogate, fully 2-1/2yrs ago. The fatuous assholes that called US the problem are still there. Much of Charles' former audience is not. Guess we weren't the problem there.

Now kindly shut your festering libelous gob about the manufactured horsehit of my threatening to kill someone.

We do not need a immigratio... (Below threshold)

We do not need a immigration bill. Just enforce the laws on the books. Why is that so hard to do? ww

That's right, JD, we now ha... (Below threshold)
Dj Drummond:

That's right, JD, we now have Donkey Kong in charge of both chambers of Congress.

Because folks like you thought spite was better than supporting the GOP, that letting Democrats take over Congress was somehow a good idea.

Keep it up, and they'll pass that 60-seat Senate to shut down debate, and if you are so hate-blinded stupid that you can't renmember what we got in the White House the last time Conservatives decided to punish a President named Bush because he wasn't perfect, then God help the nation, because you sure as hell are not doing any good for it.

And by the way, no, you are not the base. People who think sabotaging their own party in order to score some kind of "victory" for one cause, and in so doing put in people who are far worse for the nation, are nothing more than self-impressed thugs with delusions of patriotism.

Amen Dj... (Below threshold)

Amen Dj

DJ,Name calling. N... (Below threshold)
Jeff Blogworthy:


Name calling. Nice. Stop and think about what you are saying. It is not "the people" who have sabotaged, or broken faith with the Republican Party, it is just the opposite. Patriots hold to an ideal that is America based on national heritage and constitutional principles - they are not party lemmings. You obviously have us confused with Democrats. Contrary to your assertions, holding our representatives accountable is not equivalent to "spite," "hate-blinded" or "stupid." Having representatives like Arlen Specter is as bad as having a Democrat in office. The sustenance of power isn't everything. Especially if one must sell their soul in the process.

As for the Democrat majority, the President and the rest of the Republicans have the means at their disposal to stand up to them and will not even exercise the prerogative. What good is power if you refuse to use it?

Jeff, I've heard people say... (Below threshold)

Jeff, I've heard people say "elections have consequences".

If you desert your team because you don't get the starting pitcher you want every game, what does that make you? How about when you demand 100% compliance with your personal whims every single time?

What does that make you, when you change your expectations of the "top issue" and blame the POTUS for things you never made a deal about until now, and you last hissy fit cost us control of Congress and put Guido and Knuckles in charge of the ship of state?

The Democrats are in control because so-called 'Conservatives' put them there. And yet they don't accept their personal culpability, because it's so much more fun blaming the only people actually doing anything about the problems.

"Name calling"? Friend, I have held back saying what some of these jokers are in character. Too bad my "fellow Conservatives" can't say the same.

Dj,You've got it a... (Below threshold)
Jeff Blogworthy:


You've got it all wrong. It wasn't my hissy fit that helped lose control of congress. I didn't really throw one. I was at the polls voting early for Republicans just like always. But I wasn't overtly pissed off at my particular representatives either. I would relish the thought of bagging a nice RINO but I'm in the wrong state. Too bad. I would love a Voinovich head on my wall. The Republicans need this shake-up. It will be a good thing in the end.

Your "100% compliance" argument is a straw man. I am looking at the broad issues that are supposed to distinguish Republicans from Democrats. The list keeps getting smaller. Here's hoping that Fred Thompson is going to seriously rock the boat.

What I'm trying to say is, ... (Below threshold)
Jeff Blogworthy:

What I'm trying to say is, I would not desert or target Republicans in general to "teach them a lesson." That would be silly. I would only target the excrement eating back stabbers.






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