Monday, December 27, 2004
WaPo finally reports College Republican larceny of the elderly
The Times was able to determine the ages of 49 of the top 50 individual donors to the College Republicans. The median age of the donors is 85, and 14 of them are 90 or older. [emphasis added]
Eric Hopkins, the chairman of the national committee, refused to be interviewed by the Post, and he sent a memo to the state leaders telling them not to speak to the press
"We need the story to go away," he wrote. "The story is full of lies and distortions written by a well-known liberal who is out to get us. If the press asks you about it, tell them you have no comment."
But the plan is to blame it on the direct-mailer, a company called Response Dynamics run by a Mr. Ron Kanfer—
Late last month, the College Republican executive board approved a verbal resolution proposed by Hoplin to review and likely cancel the organization's direct-mail contract with Virginia-based Response Dynamics Inc., according to sources who attended.
Kanfer noted that since Response Dynamics took the account, "the College Republican budget has increased twenty-five-fold." The mailings, he said, use "the same lists that every Republican fundraiser basically mails -- gun owners, pro-life activists, businessmen who don't like attorneys. It would be absurd to think we have lists called 'dementia people.'"
It would also be absurd to think that anyone would receive checks totalling $100,000 and not bother to check out the sender, and equally absurd to think that neither the College Republicans nor the fundraiser would be interested in who their top donors were.
The College Republicans even misrepresented themselves—
During the 2004 campaign, the group sent out direct-mail solicitations under such letterheads as "Republican Headquarters 2004" and "Republican Election Committee."
Only in the fine print was the true source of the solicitation revealed.
In the State of Florida, if I had sex with a mentally handicapped person I would be in deep do-do, but the College Republicans can screw them till they cry "uncle" and no charges are brought.
College Republican leadership deserves jail time