Greetings members, activists, and supporters:
You should have received CLT's fall fundraising
appeal in the mail over the past few days. If you haven't,
please watch for it.
This being an election year, we didn't send out
our usual quarterly fundraising letters; we reduced the number to
only three. We recognized that many of our
members are making contributions to candidates (CLT stepped aside so
that its 2½ PAC could raise and
distribute over $10,000 to
support and help elect its endorsed
candidates.) This has put CLT in a critical situation.
Thank you to those 54 who have already responded
to this most recent mailing with a contribution. Maybe after a
few more days of incoming mail CLT can begin making its payroll and
other operating expenses.
In the letter, I wrote: "CLT is now running
on empty, even the fumes are gone."
Two weeks ago, after paying for the printing and
mailing costs to get that fundraising package out to you and others,
CLT ran out of funds completely.
We've never earned much working for CLT, but
since the funds ran out there have been no pay checks at CLT
— we've been working on nothing but
dedication and hope since. We remaining three staffers are
committed to sticking it out through the next twelve days, until
Election Day. After that, Barbara Anderson, Chip Faulkner, and
I will need to evaluate the situation based on the response to the
mailing — or lack of a sufficient
Over half of those who have or will
receive this fall mailing —
members-in-good-standing, lapsed members, former members, and those
who have requested to be put on our mailing list
— have not contributed yet to
Citizens for Limited Taxation this year, in 2012. This lack of
support makes it difficult (if not impossible) to continue being "The
Voice of Massachusetts Taxpayers" —
your lonely voice on Beacon Hill.
CLT's 38-year run of saving you from higher taxes
and often lightening your tax burden may be coming to a sudden end.
Then who will speak for you?
Then who will defend you from the insatiable
horde of tax-borrow-and-spenders?
Imagine how much worse Massachusetts would be
today without CLT.
Imagine what Taxachusetts will be like tomorrow
— without CLT.
We hope those who haven't contributed so far this
year will do so immediately, to help keep CLT saving you so
much of your money.
It's commonly termed "self-interest"
— just a small investment for a big
return that keeps compounding.
Help us decide CLT's immediate future with your
response — or you will help us decide
by your lack of a response.
You'll find the usual response card and return
envelope in your mailing. Please mail it back quickly with the most generous
contribution you can afford.
Contributions can also be
made online by credit card through Paypal by
We certainly thank those who've supported our
efforts over the decades, especially those who've made a
contribution to CLT this year and remain members-in-good-standing.
We hope you'll help CLT continue as The Voice of
Massachusetts Taxpayers — your voice
— going into its 39th year.
Thank you for your anticipated support.
Dir. of Operations