Socialist organization now hiring students
to wage war on the Teaparty.
But will they actually get paid?
Keep reading about this nefarious group below.
I think these people that take these jobs are known by the Socialist that run these progressive Marxist canvassing groups promoting Socialist agendas as “Useful Idiots”. Read the rest of this story on partially block-quoted below. I did not have to do much research on them after I found the following research and the ensuing lawsuits had already been done by an activist, Ruthie Kelly, that actually worked for them GRI.
Anyway, here is the scam and how it plays out.
End child poverty. Save Darfur, stop genocide. Campaign to help elect Barack Obama and take back the White House. Help protect the environment, save the rain forests, and prevent pollution.
All while being paid up to $600 a week.
It’s a job progressive college students dream of. Fliers advertising jobs advocating for these causes have sprouted up on billboards all across campus. They promote not only the campaigns, but the corresponding earnings, which represent the salary of a full-time job at $12.50 an hour, before taxes. These postings represent a chance to get involved and make a difference without having to sacrifice paying the rent. It sounds too good to be true, and in many ways, it is. Most students who agree to work for these campaigns end up with more work and less money than they bargained for. That is largely due to the misrepresentation and mismanagement within the main company behind the postings, Grassroots Campaigns, Inc.
“I started working for Grassroots Campaigns because I wanted to get involved in the campaign, and I also needed money with a job over the summer,” said Ariane Myers-Turnbull, a junior at UCSD who is majoring in political science. “I would have done the same work as a volunteer, but I was excited to get paid for it. I’m vice-president of the College Democrats at UCSD. I’ve been very active in campaigns all my life.”
Myers-Turnbull began working for Grassroots Campaigns in June. What quickly became clear was that even though the causes seem noble and inspiring, the related jobs being posted on campus boil down to one thing: collecting money. The entry-level position is as a canvasser, which involves soliciting supporters for donations and collecting contact information. Canvassers memorize short speeches, or “raps,” regarding the cause at hand, and are paid a percentage of the donation collected, plus a bonus if they meet set goals. The process seems simple, but the result is not the world-changing impact most of the idealistic applicants imagine. And then the discouraging problems crop up.
The first problem is the pay, which has two elements. First canvassers must meet quotas for the amount of donations they solicit, quotas which are high and ambiguous. After meeting quota, canvassers are paid a percentage of the donations they solicit, usually 30 percent. This means canvassers could earn great money if they get a large amount of donations – or they could make nothing at all.
“The $500-600 a week is definitely slanted, but it’s not quite a lie,” said Greg Bloom, who worked as a canvass director for Grassroots Campaigns in 2004. “A canvasser takes home 30 percent of what they raise, and in 2004 in the big cities like San Diego, people could work six days a week and raise a thousand or more in a day. There were usually only one or two people in an office with that kind of canvassing talent; everyone else would scrape to make the advertised range.
“In the meantime, canvassers are forced to ‘volunteer’ several hours in addition the the time they’re paid. Even for the lowest level people, it can be a 60 hour a week job. For the office directors, who are still just 20-24 years old, it can be a 90 hour a week job.”
Grassroots Campaigns runs canvassing operations all across the country. Workers in other states report similar problems. In one article for The Daily Page in Madison, Wis., canvassers reported receiving $130 for 37 hours of work, $281 and $340 each for two 50 hour weeks, and once even $56 for 45 hours of work. That works out to $3.51 an hour for the best paid worker, and $1.25 for the worst paid worker. There’s no way to predict how much, or how little, the canvasser may get in a given pay period.