Not that the Conservative Party of Canada has as much in common with the Republican Party as it does the Democratic Party (people here—particularly liberals—love to pretend it does), but I wonder if the apparent backlash and resulting fund-raising dropoff among American conservatives will duplicate itself here, amongst the conservatives who are perhaps likewise feeling somewhat torn asunder.
Who among us PTBC readers hasn’t gotten the phone call (and emails, and snail mails—each one with that totally super meaningful survey!) recently, asking for more cash from us because we’re, um, “such important contributors” (notwithstanding the chump change we’ve sent them), and “can we count on your extremely important continued support?…” and such, only for us to answer them with, “well, actually, mm, not so sure. Did you say you were a CONSERVATIVE party? … yeah…no, let me think about that and get back to you…” ?
The Conservative Party of Canada is awash in cash currently, and kudos to them, because after the Party finally solidified, and leading up to the last elections, it managed to get far more grassroot (chump change) support than the Liberals or the you’ve got to be kidding party could, and quite understandably so. There was so much promise! And of course that cash cow the Liberals always relied on—big fat liberal government-reliant state-teat-sucking corporations and their highly-paid executives—are no longer allowed to send their huge SUV-loads of cash to their party, by law.
But I wonder how the Conservatives are doing lately. And how they’ll do in the near future.
By Ralph Z. Hallow
THE WASHINGTON TIMES
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…