2007 June 03 Sunday
Republicans Donating To State Parties Over Immigration

Since the Republican National Committee is following Bush's lead on immigration and since so many Senate Republicans are for open borders Republican donors are giving their money to state rather than national Republican organizations.

Tina Benkiser, chairwoman of the Republican Party in the president's home state of Texas, says raising money has been successful "in large part to our principled stance against illegal immigration." Since the beginning of 2006, when substantial immigration debate began, she says, "the Republican Party of Texas has experienced an exponential increase in direct-mail donations from supporters statewide."

Both phone and direct-mail fundraising remain strong for the party in Michigan, says state Chairman Saul Anuzis.

"In Michigan, seven out of nine congressional Republicans oppose the bill, our activists are publicly opposing amnesty, and we are also re-establishing our brand image by fighting a Democrat attempt to increase taxes," Mr. Anuzis says. "These issues are keeping our people engaged, where otherwise we could feel a [donations] drop-off."

Similar reports from other state Republican officials in Arizona, Colorado, Iowa and Delaware suggest that opposition to any form of amnesty for illegal aliens is a fundraising winner.

Meanwhile, Republican National Committee donations are tanking.

In the first three months of this year, the committee collected $24.6 million, down from $35 million in the comparable period last year, $32.3 million in the first quarter of 2005 and $46 million in the first quarter of 2004.

Also, the National Republican Senatorial Committee is raising half as much as its Democratic Party counterpart. Read the full article. State parties calling up for donations are pitching against the S1348 bill by calling it the Bush-Kennedy bill and getting big donations. Yes, they are pitching against a sitting Republican incumbent President and the fund raising pitch is working. The Republican base has moved on. Bush's approval rating has sunk to Jimmy Carter's level and that approval rating was measured before details of the immigration proposal Bush negotiated with US Senators became public knowledge.

The Republicans can do much better if they diistance themselves from Bush and adopt positions on immigration that align with both the conservative base and even with the majority of independents and Democrats.

Republicans, you are headed toward massive defeat in 2008. Change your foreign and domestic policies.

A poll of 600 likely Republican and 600 like Democratic Iowa caucus attendees (where they decide who to support as party nominees for President) were asked their views on continuing the war in Iraq. Bush has lost the Iraq war in Iowa.

5. Do you favor a withdrawal of all United States military from Iraq within the next six months? (Republicans Only)
Yes 54%
No 37%
Undecided 9%

8. Do you favor a withdrawal of all United States military from Iraq within the next six months? (Democrats Only)
Yes 81%
No 5%
Undecided 14%

The numbers on Bush compared to Reagan are even more damning for Bush and his war. Congressional Republicans should get a clue and turn against the war. Ditto for Republican Presidential candidates. The top 3 stories with highest interest with the American public at the moment are gasoline prices, Iraq, and immigration. The Republicans need to improve their policies on all of them.

Share |      By Randall Parker at 2007 June 03 09:59 PM  Immigration Politics


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