RNC, the phone is ringing. Are you going to pick it up?
"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.
"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 the former employee.
The RNC spokeswoman denied that the committee has seen any drop-off in contributions.
"Any assertion that overall donations have gone down is patently false," Miss Schmitt said. "We continue to out raise our Democrat counterpart by a substantive amount (nearly double)."
Mary Katherine Ham posts the transcript of one such RNC fundraising call at Townhall:
Caller: "Hi, ma'am, this is the Republican National Committee calling."
Emily (aside to me, with a big grin on her face): "It's the RNC."
Caller: "We're just calling to see at what level you'd be comfortable renewing your contribution. Would $75 be all right?"
Emily: "How about nothing?"
Caller: "Oh, why's that?"
Emily: "I'm not real happy with the immigration bill."
Caller: "Well, that's not Republicans. Just the President loves that immigration bill."
Emily: "The President is head of the Republican Party."
Caller: "Not for long."
Emily: "And, Republican senators are supporting the bill. Why would I give you guys money to get them re-elected?"
Caller: "That's ridiculous."
Emily: "Yeah, I don't think I'm gonna give you any money. You just called me ridiculous."