Campaign 2010

May 07, 2014

House Republicans’ Big Benghazi Backfire

House Republicans stooped to new lows today by fundraising off of the Benghazi tragedy.  Not surprisingly, their callousness was rewarded with brutal coverage across the board:

  • Wall Street Journal: NRCC Ties Benghazi Investigation to Fundraising Email
  • NBC News: GOP Raising Cash off Benghazi Committee
  • CNN: Rep. Gowdy calls on NRCC to stop Benghazi fundraising
  • TPM: Gowdy Urges GOPers Not To Fundraise Off Benghazi, But NRCC Already Has
  • Huffington Post: Trey Gowdy Says People Shouldn't Fundraise Off Benghazi, NRCC Apparently Disagrees
  • The Hill: Gowdy urges parties not to raise money on Benghazi as NRCC launches site
  • Politico: NRCC fundraising off of Benghazi
  • The Hill: Ex-CIA official: Gowdy 'has already made up his mind' on Benghazi attack
  • Think Progress: Top House Benghazi Investigator Has Used The Tragedy To Raise Money
  • MSNBC: When Republican fundraising goes too far
  • MSNBC: Fundraising off Benghazi? GOP can’t agree
  • McClatchy: Rep. Trey Gowdy urges Republicans to pass on Benghazi as fund-raising tool
  • The Hill: Gowdy reiterates call for GOP to avoid Benghazi fundraising
  • AP: The National Republican Congressional Committee's pitch said the GOP was "moving fast" to hold Obama and former Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton "accountable for their actions" on the night of the Benghazi attack. It vowed that "no one will get away" from the select committee and asked people to become a "Benghazi Watchdog" by donating money. Suggested contributions started at $25.
  • CBS News: “Rep. Trey Gowdy, R-S.C., who will lead the committee in its investigation said on MSNBC Wednesday morning that the process will "transcend politics." He said he would discourage Republicans from fundraising off of the committee's work. However, as the Huffington Post noted, the National Republican Congressional Committee shortly thereafter sent its supporters a fundraising email tied to the select committee's investigation.”
  • Daily Press: Rigell fundraiser says Benghazi shows need to keep him in Congress
  • CNN: .@gopleader wouldnt say if agreed w/Gowdy that NRCC stop fundraising on #Benghazi, said should focus on finding "what else WH is hiding"
  • NY Times: “Yet Republicans found themselves on the defensive about why in recent days they have tried to raise money off the Benghazi episode. The National Republican Congressional Committee has solicited money through a petition called Benghazi Watchdog on its website, which says, “Let’s go after Obama and Hilary Clinton,” misspelling her first name.”