2007 June 03 Sunday
Bush Immigration Stand Hurts Republican Fund Raising

Smaller donors to the Republican party are extremely angry about Bush's proposed immigration amnesty and are donating less as a consequence.

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.

"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 a fired phone bank employee who said the severance pay the RNC agreed to pay him was contingent on his not criticizing the national committee.

But Bush hears what he wants to hear and his people filter out the rest.

"We have not heard anyone in our donor calls who supported the president on immigration," said a fired phone solicitor, who described himself as a Republican activist.

"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," he said. "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."

Yet outside of the White House and outside of rigged polls by liberal media outlets the truth about American attitudes about immigration policy is easy to learn.

So where are the Republican Presidential candidates on immigration? As for McCain, let me put it this way: the only way Senator John McCain could get elected President is if he switches to the Democratic Party.

"There's a part of the Republican base that feels very emotional and very strongly about this issue. I understand that," McCain said during a brief stop in Memphis. "But the majority of... ...Republicans and majority of the American people support this approach."

The Arizona senator described himself as the only Republican seeking the presidency who supports the plan, and he called on the others to come up with something better.

McCain is going down on the immigration issue. His career is over.

By contrast, former Senator and former TV show prosecutor Fred Thompson strongly opposes the immigration amnesty bill S.1348.

RICHMOND, Va., June 2 In a preview of the themes he is likely to emphasize in a presidential campaign, Fred D. Thompson tossed some red meat to Republicans here Saturday night, assailing the immigration bill in Congress and warning of a mushroom cloud he said radicals around the world were waiting to see rise over the United States.

Mitt Romney also opposes the S.1348 amnesty.

Romney, in outlining his immigration position, advocates three broad principles. He says he wants to secure the borders, establish a fraud-proof employee verification system, and offer no special residency or citizenship privileges to the estimated 12 million immigrants in the United States illegally. He objects to a provision in the current bill that would create a special "Z visa" allowing undocumented workers to remain in the United States and work legally.

A Republican can not win the Republican nomination if he supports immigration amnesty. It is as simple as that. He won't be able to raise funds. People in primaries won't vote for him - unless Democrats vote in Republican primaries.

If Republicans want to win elections in 2008 they need to do two things:

  • Break with Bush on the unpopular Iraq war.
  • Break with Bush on the unpopular immigration amnesty and support real immigration law enforcement on the border and in the interior.

The Republicans need to put distance between themselves and the failed Presidency of George W. Bush. Otherwise they face electoral defeat.

Regardless of which political party you belong to tell your elected representatives what you think of the Iraq war and immigration amnesty. Here's the US Senate contact list and the US House of Representatives contact list. Give a call, send an email, send a fax. Phone calls count the most.

Share |      By Randall Parker at 2007 June 03 03:38 PM  Immigration Politics

Ned said at June 3, 2007 4:11 PM:

I don't think anyone (from either party) who supports open immigration and the Iraq war can be elected President next year. The American people have had enough of both of these noble experiments. By the way, the current Republican hottie, Fred Thompson, has a lifetime immigration scorecard grade of C from Americans for Better Immigration (http://grades.betterimmigration.com/testgrades.php3?District=TN&VIPID=743&retired=1). However, his score rose to A- in his final years in the Senate, 2001-2002. Fred sure seems to have gotten religion lately, though.

tommy said at June 3, 2007 10:28 PM:

I suspect that unless there is a serious hardening in rhetoric on immigration by Giuliani, he is going to get swept away on this issue just like McCain. He already doesn't sit right with large numbers of conservatives on abortion or gun rights. He has made the mistake of not declaring these sort of things "state issues" and leaving them at that. His only real card is his perceived strength on national security, and he cannot afford to support this kind of legislation while claiming to be serious on that issue without taking a lot of heat from anti-immigration candidates. McCain's campaign cannot be salvaged; he is one of the principal architects of open borders legislation. Goodbye and good riddance. Romney's immigration rhetoric has been more ambivalent and carefully worded up until just recently than Thompson's. I think Thompson (or "Fred!" as some have taken to calling him recently) is obviously shaping up to get in this race, probably within the next few days. He will attract a lot of support away from Romney and then Giuliani will be in the fight of his life.

Besides, as Ace is fond of pointing out, Fred!'s wife is a big asset. ;-)

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