I think this has been a huge source of problems for the CAA (as I noted in the other article...which I hope somebody reads )...I got the reasons for doing those programs and I think they were good reasons but I think the backlash against those projects hurt more than was expected. I think the CDC toolkit was the major problem. I think they were helpful in establishing CFS as a more legitimate disorder but that is a slow and creeping accomplishment that doesn't filter down all that well to the community. Instead many people focused on the fact that it was with the CDC. It was about that time that contributions underwent a pretty sharp decline. The Research Initiative, on the other hand, was very successful; they shot for the moon and it was finished far more quickly than they expected, as I remember. Membership in the organization - not a vital source of funds - but perhaps a barometer of interest and support tumbled throughout the decade. Since many people probably thought that was how they were funding the CAA that meant something.