WASHINGTON - Telephone solicitors say the U.S. Republican National Committee shut down its phone bank because potential givers are angry about immigration policy.
One staffer told The Washington Times that many people they talked to said they would not give money to the party as long as President George W. Bush supports a compromise immigration policy. The staffer said most potential donors are angry "and for 99 percent the No. 1 issue is immigration."
Republican officials said the major reason for shutting down the phone bank was outdated equipment.
"This was not an easy decision," spokeswoman Tracey Schmitt told the Times in an e-mail. "The first and primary motivating factor was the state of the phone bank technology, which was outdated and difficult to maintain. The RNC was advised that we would soon need an entire new system to remain viable."
Schmitt said donations are holding up.
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