Sunday, June 24, 2007

LA Times: Immigration bill ignites grass-roots fire

The conservative grassroots is finally forcing the nation to pay attention. Now its only a matter of time until the pressure continues to mount on Mitch McConnell and his Louisville liberal cronies:
The conservative group NumbersUSA has seen its numbers skyrocket. Activists pressure wavering senators.

Conservative anger at the Senate immigration bill is at such a pitch that even Republican lawmakers are feeling the heat. Groups like NumbersUSA have been channeling that grass-roots fury and, in doing so, have leaped in size and are playing a larger role in the immigration debate than ever before.

At NumbersUSA, one of the largest and loudest, membership is up 81% since January and donations are soaring. With the immigration bill possibly set to pass or fail in the Senate this week — a crucial vote could come as early as Tuesday — the nonprofit group plans a fierce campaign against the bill and any senator who supports it.

The group will unveil TV ads against Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) and Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-N.C.). Another ad will target Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.).