Grassroots donors dump GOP; Republican National Committee sacks its telemarketing team
Faced with significantly declining contributions from grassroots donors, the Republican National Committee has fired its entire team of telephone solicitors, according to a report in Friday's Washington Times.
"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," Ralph Z. Hallow wrote in the paper.
Some of the 65 telephone solicitors told the Times that grassroots donors are particularly angry with the immigration reform compromise that President George W. Bush and some top Republican leaders are trumpeting. But one of the fired RNC workers said that the White House was deliberately ignoring these attitudes.
"We have not heard anyone in our donor calls who supported the president on immigration....We write these comments up from each call, and give them to a supervisor who passes them on to the finance director or the national chairman," the former phone solicitor said in the Washington Times. "But when I talked with the White House, the people there told me they got nothing but positive comments on the president's immigration stand."
Subsequently, Massie Ritsch from the Center for Responsive Politics noted a major dip in fund raising by the RNC and other Republican Party institutions.
"The GOP's overall haul from its three national fundraising committees...is down 25 percent from the equivalent period in 2005," he told Hallow.
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