Common Cause: We'll still scold, raise $ in Fla
Common Cause President Bob Edgar sent a note to Floridians on the group's list today. An excerpt:
As you may have heard, Common Cause last week had to lay off its two paid staff members in Florida, due to the difficult economy we all face. We are saddened by the loss. But I write to assure you that Common Cause will continue its important work in Florida, led by its volunteer board of directors, and with the help of activists like you. Contrary to press reports that suggest Common Cause has "closed down" in the Sunshine State, Common Cause will continue to work on issues like redistricting and election reform that have been central to our work in Florida.
Common Cause remains a staff that is 54 strong, with a presence in 35 states, and 400,000 members and supporters nationwide. We can and will send staff to Florida to work on issues as they heat up, and we will be looking to bring back paid staff to Florida as soon as it is economically feasible.
We are grateful to the foundations and individual donors who have committed their support to us in spite of the economic tsunami. With the cuts we made in Florida and at our national headquarters, we are well-positioned to grow as the economy turns around and more individuals and foundations are once again comfortable giving.