Southern Dem writes: I "have a problem with them passing off a fundraiser as a tax document, requiring that it be returned and then not allowing for a way to return it without sending money. It is basically a bill and it is delivered in a very intimidating and threatening tone." For example:
DO NOT DESTROY YOUR SURVEY! The enclosed Republican Senate Leadership Survey is an OFFICIAL REPUBLICAN PARTY DOCUMENT. Your Survey is REGISTERED IN YOUR NAME ONLY and MUST BE ACCOUNTED FOR upon completion of this project.Moreover, "[t]here are no options given to return the survey without enclosing money for the NRSC." Instead, there are three options:
- Yes! I want to help defend our Republican Senate Majority and build a strong foundation of Republican grassroots support for President Bush and his agenda.I am enclosing my most generous contribution of: __$500 __$250 __$100 __$50 __$25 __Other$____
- No. I do not wish to participate in this vital Republican Senate Leadership Survey. however, I am returning my Survey Document, along with a generous donation to help build Republican grassroots support for President Bush and his agenda. I am enclosing a donation of: __$500 __$250 __$100 __$50 __$25 __Other$___
- No. I do not wish to particiapte in the Survey, nor do I wish to make a donation to help the Republican Party. I am returning my Survey Document, along with a contribution of $11 to help cover the cost of tabulating and redistributing my Survey.
The vast majority of the money raised stayed with RDI - Resource Dynamics, Inc., which had managed fundraising for the CRNC since 1992. RDI has no easily-found website, if it still exists.
If taken to task, will the NRSC also blame its poorly managed direct mail firm? (This was the tactic taken by the CRNC in 2005.)