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.
Naturally, a spokesperson for the RNC is denying that the terminations were a result of waning fundraising, saying, “Any assertion that overall donations have gone down is patently false.” It’s just that the phone bank equipment was old and crappy, you see. So just ignore the anonymous shit-canned employee behind the curtain reporting, “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.”
Hogwash! says the spokesperson: “We continue to out-raise our Democrat counterpart by a substantive amount—nearly double.” Which might suggest that the problem with the phone bank was accounting, because it looks more like half.
The Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee collected $4.6 million in April, more than double the NRSC’s $2.1 million in April contributions. What’s more, the Republican group spent about $60,000 more than it had received in donations, while using only $260,000 to pay its debt.
Overall, the NRSC’s total receipts of $9.1 million trails its Democratic counterpart’s total of $18.3 million since January.
That this story is in the Moonie Times might suggest that it’s a ploy to generate funds on behalf of the flailing RNC, except for the fact that the RNC comes off looking like total maroons, who pass only good news onto the White House and made “not criticizing” them a condition of the fired employees’ receiving severance pay.
Of course they did.
Wonkette reports: “Without the phone bank staff, the RNC will have rely entirely on their disgustingly wealthy large donors, along with the usual mix of craven fearmongering and criminality.” Back to basics, then.