I’m being hit up again for money from an organization that I frequently criticize. Log Cabin (Republicans) has me on their mailing list… and I’m sure many of you are on it, too. So I received the expected “2006 Membership Drive” email this week. In the email, President Guerriero highlights the following:
Grassroots Growth—Log Cabin saw record membership growth with 8,000 new members and twenty new chapters.
Around the Nation—Log Cabin successfully mobilized nearly 10,000 fair-minded Americans to let members of Congress know they should overturn the military’s discriminatory Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell policy.
My question is “says who??” Both Log Cabin and Human Rights Campaign are uber-secretive when it comes to disclosing who their funds are coming from and where they are going. Interesting, since both are Federally-registered lobbying organizations. One would think they would have at least an ethical, if not legal, responsibility to be transparent with their money inflow and outgo.
If Log Cabin is asking me to help them, they have to understand that this relationship with their members must be a two-way street.
The reason I am posting this is to solicit your feedback as readers. I am considering re-contributing to Log Cabin this year to become re-engaged with the organization. And I have two simple goals in mind: (1) As a contributing member, I can have more influence on the organization to “Put the Republican Back in Log Cabin” (TM) — that’s my catchy slogan for 2006! And (2), to formally press the organization as well has have a place of standing with the Federal Elections Commission and the IRS to demand accountability and fiscal transparency.
The downside to my evil plan? I’m a tightwad.
The Comments section is now open…..
UPDATE (from GPW): I’m very suspicious of the 8,000 new members number. Political organizations tend to lose, rather than gain, members in non-election years. Not only that. I attended Log Cabin’s convention last year and it seemed exactly the same size as the previous Log Cabin convention I had attended — in 1998 when the group had a much smaller membership.