Shamnesty fundraising: Bad for the national GOP, good for state GOPs

But it’s only good for state GOPs that oppose amnesty. Go figure.

President Bush’s immigration bill is hurting fund-raising by the Republican National Committee, but fierce grassroots opposition to the legislation is helping several state Republican parties, Ralph Z. Hallow will report Monday in The Washington Times.

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.”

If you’re anything like me, you took a moment to savor that. Bush’s policy is killing the national GOP, but his own state party’s opposition to his policy is benefiting the state party. Heh.

Both phone and direct-mail fundraising remain strong for Republicans in Michigan, said 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 said. “These issues are keeping our people engaged, where otherwise we could feel a [donations] drop off.”

Similar reports from other state GOP officials in Arizona, Colorado, Iowa and Delaware indicate that opposition to any form of amnesty for illegals is a fund-raising winner.

Meanwhile, inside the beltway:

The pain is particularly felt at the Republican National Committee.

First-quarter fundraising by the committee this year was the most difficult in four years, according to records of the Federal Election Commission. In the first three months of this year, the committee collected $24.6 million, down from $35 million in the same period last year, $32.3 million in the first quarter of 2005 and $46 million in the first quarter of 2004.

The National Republican Senatorial Committee reports similar distress.

The Senate committee raised $9.1 through April — less than half the $18.3 million raised by the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee during the same period.

You know why so many grassroots Republicans oppose the amnesty bill? It’s not because of national security or supporting law and order or fairness for legal immigrants or any of that. It’s because you’re all just too comfortable around bigots.