I got an email today from a delegate I met at Convention who received a fundraising letter from LWVUS on Saturday to "Take a stand for free, fair and accessible elections!" The delegate was asked to sign the LWVUS petition to end dark money and to please "send a generous contribution of $25, $40 or more to help the League fight...." No where in the letter was the word "member" used. This delegate checked to see this was not just an accident in case it should have gone to another person with the same name. So she looked up her name on the LWVUS member roster and found her member number. Shen then looked at the reply insert that LWVUS sent to return with her check - there on the front below her name was her member number. So whoever compiled this list knew that they were soliciting donations from a member. President Elizabeth MacNamara's statement to a question put to her at Plenary that members are not on donation solicitation lists was therefore in fact wrong.
As discussed in a few forums at Convention, struggling local Leagues need to be able to solicit donations from their members without interference from National, while the LWVUS should only solicit contributions from non members. This is a HUGE issue, and it is going to flow over into the implementation of the new CRM system.