If your telephone fundraiser is so rude she makes even a paid-up member like me hang up on her, you might want to rethink that contract with Telefund, Inc. And what the hell are you doing calling me up two weeks after I sent you fifty bucks, asking for more money? I was interrupted by a phone call this afternoon identifying itself as coming from Telefund, Inc. I could have let it ring, but I was curious who was calling — I am on both state & federal do-not-call lists, so it had to be either an organization I already had some relationship with or someone violating my desire for privacy. It was the ACLU asking me to change from being a mere member to being some Defender of Freedom or something, which in the end amounted to agreeing to pay them $15 a month instead of renewing annually. Couple of things were relevant: 1) I had just sent the ACLU my annual dues last month & now they were already coming back for more; 2) as I tried to explain to the woman on the phone, in this political season, I am tapped out. But after trying to say something polite four or five times & having my sentences drowned in an aggressive & accusatory manner, I hung up. Couple of ironies: 1) After renewing this time around, my wife & I had discussed doubling our contribution next year, but I will be very reluctant to do so now; 2) I actually do give one organization a regular monthly contribution: see that EFF banner in the right sidebar? EFF has never called me at home, by the way. Doubling the irony, after sending in my dues this year, I went to the ACLU website looking for a web button for this blog. Had there been one — there wasn’t — I would probably have been willing to sign up for a monthly contribution. Here is the takeaway on this: If you want my money, don’t call me up & be rude to me. Seems obvious, no? In any case, I won’t be picking up in the future. I may or may not renew my membership next year. How many calls did that fundraiser make today? How many people did she piss off? Right, that’s got to be good for the organization.