The other day some blogs and news outlets made a big stink about this silly RNC fundraising presentation that somehow wound up in Democratic hands. Today a big RNC donor has closed his checkbook because of it. He cites his reasons in the letter below:
March 5, 2010
Chairman Michael Steele
Republican National Committee
310 First Street SE
Washington, DC 20003
Dear Mr. Chairman:
Like many Republicans today, I am ashamed of the fundraising presentation given by RNC Finance Director Rob Bickhart at last month’s GOP gathering in Boca Grande, Florida. The depictions of President Obama, Speaker Pelosi and Majority Leader Harry Reid were shameful, immature and uncivil, at best. While I realize your office made steps to distance you from this presentation I’m afraid the presentation is representative of a culture and mindset within the Republican National Committee; consequently, I will no longer contribute to any fundraising entity of our Party—but will contribute only to individual candidates I choose to support.
I have been a member of the Republican Eagles on a number of occasions in the past, including the 2008 cycle. I have been constantly solicited by the RNC, the NRSC and the NRCC, among other GOP organizations and efforts. Recently I was visited in my office by Lynn Westmoreland, who shared with me the redistricting efforts he is leading in the House. He was requesting funds for this initiative (without the sort of nonsense presented recently by your Finance Director) and I was considering contributing to the project. I will not consider doing so now, with apologies to Congressman Westmoreland
Mr. Chairman, I love giving money to candidates at every level who I believe in and want to see elected. But it is becoming increasingly difficult to consider making a contribution to the Party itself. The sort of behavior displayed in Boca Grande only contributes to the widespread cynicism of politics in general and our Party in particular. It is, in my opinion, indefensible and destructive.
President, The DeMoss Group
Ashamed? Mr. DeMoss get a grip. I am not ashamed of the depictions of Pelosi, Reid or Obama. When I think of some of the downright evil stuff the left have created of Bush and Palin, I cannot imagine anyone being ashamed of these silly depictions.
The problem I have with the fundraising presentation is that it shows the RNC is still operating with a pre-2009 mentality. There is a shift taking place in the fundamentals of American politics today. It stems from a growing desire from the electorate for a smaller Federal government. Where is the acknowledgement of that in this fundraising presentation?
If the RNC wants me to crack open my wallet, then I have to see that they understand the desperate need to shrink government. I want them to show me that they are serious about ceding Federal power back to the states.
I don’t need to be warned about the evils of socialism or to see the Democrat leadership mocked. The Democrats prove themselves to be incompetent socialism loving fools each and everyday on they are on the national stage. Instead the RNC needs to show me exactly how they are going to clean up after Obama and the Democrats drunken spending orgy.