Campaign 2010

May 13, 2014

Speaker Boehner: It’s Greg Walden’s Call to Fundraise Off Benghazi

In the controversy over national Republicans fundraising off of the Benghazi tragedy, Republican Speaker John Boehner has laid the blame at the feet of his lieutenant, Greg Walden. As chairman of the National Republican Congressional Committee, Walden’s decision to use the death of four Americans to send an email soliciting campaign cash has come under bipartisan fire for its callousness and insensitivity. Yet Walden has yet to publicly comment on his decision, leaving it to spokespeople to make excuses for his controversial actions.

“NRCC Chairman Greg Walden needs to explain once and for all why he feels that it is appropriate for him to use the Benghazi tragedy to fundraise – even after leading members of his own party have condemned his actions,” said Josh Schwerin of the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee. “Speaker Boehner is trying to throw Walden under the bus, and it’s time for Walden to come out of hiding and take responsibility for his decisions.”

BACKGROUND:  

Republican Speaker John Boehner: “I’m Not Involved in What Goes On at the Campaign Committee.”  “He has nothing to do with House Republicans’ relentless use of the 2012 Benghazi attack to raise money for the 2014 congressional campaigns, House Speaker John Boehner told a Texas audience on Monday […] ‘Listen, I’m involved in this investigation, I’m not involved in what goes on at the campaign committee,’ he said. The National Republican Congressional Committee (NRCC) is inviting donors to become a ‘Benghazi Watchdog’ by giving from $50 to $500.” [Seattle Post-Intelligencer, 5/12/14]