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Re: “Hello, Wanna Give to a Good Cause?

I was recruited by contact from the Reich campaign for governor of 2002 (which thankfully never asked for money on the street, just votes) and worked for them for a week in Boston in 2004 raising money for the DNC, and it was awful. They pressured me so much that I ended up making a "second ask" to a woman whose husband had just died, and then they got mad at me for it. I quit after 4 days when it appeared that I wasn't going to make quota on the 5th. (I was supposedly hired two months before for the entire summer as a manager, but apparently I had to work my way up by first, and this involved making quota.)

I felt guilty asking people for money knowing that 1/3+ of it was commission, when they could easily go online and make a direct contribution. The attitude of the staff was incredibly pretentious and off-putting. After the week was over, I had to fight for 3 more weeks to get reimbursed for $100 I had spotted them for getting us out of the parking garage one day. I wrote up a letter to the DNC complaining about my experience afterwards, but apparently it did nothing. I can't believe these guys are still in business and have created a whole street canvassing industry. What a waste of young peoples' enthusiasm.

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Posted by zack on 11/09/2010 at 9:22 PM

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