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Are GOP Donors Withholding Funds Due to Obamacare Debacle?

Are GOP Donors Withholding Funds Due to Obamacare Debacle?


CNN reported that GOP donors have started to withhold funds and donations after the GOP controlled Senate could not repeal and replace Obamacare. From CNN:

At least $2 million in contributions promised to the National Republican Senatorial Committee have failed to materialize because donors are expressing frustration with the Senate GOP’s inability to fulfill their central campaign promise to repeal and replace Obamacare, according to two GOP sources familiar with the matter.

The shortfall, officials said, also points to a larger concern within the party that their core voters may be disillusioned heading into the 2018 midterms when Democrats have a serious shot of retaking the House.

The GOP should still control the Senate after 2018, but without the funds, the party could face challenges to properly fight against vulnerable Democrats. Therefore, it could stunt the GOP’s growth within the Senate.

Earlier this summer, GOP donors started to send warnings to the party that funds will stop if the Republican lawmakers don’t act on Obamacare and tax reform. Texas donor Doug Deason closed his wallet in June:

Texas-based donor Doug Deason has already refused to host a fundraiser for two members of Congress and informed House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy, R-Calif., his checkbook is closed as well.

“Get Obamacare repealed and replaced, get tax reform passed,” Deason said in a pointed message to GOP leaders. “You control the Senate. You control the House. You have the presidency. There’s no reason you can’t get this done. Get it done and we’ll open it back up.”

Four days ago, Virginia GOP donor Bob Heghmann sued the RNC and the Virginia Republican Party for fraud. He claimed that the parties “raised millions of dollars in campaign funds while knowing they weren’t going to be able to overturn the law also known as Obamacare.”

The defendants include Morton Blackwell and Cynthia Dunbar, two of Virginia’s national GOP members. Both of them brushed aside the lawsuit, but understood Heghmann’s feelings. From The Virginian-Pilot:

But at the same time, both said they understood where Heghmann was coming from. Blackwell said the suit is a “sign of conservative anger that the Republican-controlled Congress has not yet repealed and replaced Obamacare.”

He argued that “progressives” had taken over the Democratic Party and seemed to lament that “conservatives” had not yet taken over the Republican Party.

“Too few conservatives are willing to invest their time, talent, and money and personally participate inside the Republican Party,” Blackwell said. “A Republican majority will mean a conservative majority if and when a sufficient number of conservatives figure out why the success of their principles depends on their personal involvement in local, state and national Republican Party committees and in party nomination contests.”


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Who could have seen this coming?

    notamemberofanyorganizedpolicital in reply to Dave. | August 9, 2017 at 12:06 pm


    Do not believe any email you receive which states it is from Donald J. Trump.

    I have been receiving such emails but hitting the “Reply” button revealed it was from the GOPe! (That’s GOP Establishment.)

There is a large group of Trump voters who feel the same way. The GOPe can get this done with little effort if they are motivated.

    redc1c4 in reply to OldNuc. | August 9, 2017 at 11:44 am

    the GOPe is motivated to maintain the status quo, nothing more.

    that’s why they are doing everything they can to hamstring Trump, like staying in session so he can’t make any recess appointments.

    F them: they are part of the problem, not the solution.

    Whatever the GOPe ‘gets done,’ they need to be sh-tcanned – every one of them.

    Remember, we hire these people: they serve at OUR pleasure, not the other way around. These rats aren’t part of a a royal rat family – they’re simply street rats we vote out of office.

    Get rid of them. All of them. Start with booting those twop rats McConnell and Ryan out of the Congressional leadership positions.

Pelosi Schmelosi | August 8, 2017 at 8:49 pm

“Too few conservatives are willing to invest their time, talent, and money and personally participate inside the Republican Party,” Blackwell said.

What a pant-load! If we’re supposedly not “participating” it’s because we’ve been shut-out and told to shut-up.
Sick and tired of the lies and arrogance from dooooshbags like Flake.
I don’t need to be told “that’s not who we are” by someone working for me. We tried it your way pal…fool me once…
And BTW has Lois Lerner been arrested yet?

Reason #1,739 why you got Trump.

A Republican majority and a Conservative majority are not the same thing. The Republican party will not allow a conservative take over. When it comes to a fight with the Liberal, the Republican is more likely to compromise instead of fight. Conservatives will not have enough numbers to win. A final act by Republicans after a fight is to go around and shoot the wounded. It’s their m/o. They then get good press.

The GOP started alienating its base long before they wimped out on ObamaCare.

I will not give a penny to any “R”epublican organization as long as RINOS like McCain, Mikulski, Amnesty Gramnesty and others inhabit the party. I will give to candidates I support, like PRESIDENT TRUMP, Sen. Cruz and other non-RINOS. And the whole party better shape up and start doing what it SAID THEY WOULD DO! Start with repealing barrycare and passing nationwide concealed carry. Otherwise it’s just the Uniparty carrying on and filling the pockets of the connected.

Still hiding behind a facade. Donor cuts them off, citing their failure to repeal the Big Pig. And the Repubs try to label that a failure to repeal and replace it with a Little Pig.

The customer ordered apples, but the hired help want to talk about oranges. I think the days when that was good enough are probably over.

On the other hand, the wallets may open up again if Crooked Hillary shows signs of … persisting.

Even if I had that kind of money, I wouldn’t be giving it to roof bodies like NRSC or RNC, I’d be giving it to individual candidates whom I supported, or to PACs I trusted, such as the Club for Growth. I don’t understand the kind of donor who just writes a check to NRSC and lets it distribute the money as it likes; so this story says nothing to me.

I’m not dispirited. I can’t wait to kick the liars out.

What a surprise – donors don’t want to waste their money to support a Senate that does nada. And the Senate apparently still doesn’t have a clue as to why?

DieJustAsHappy | August 9, 2017 at 12:11 pm

I’ve greatly inspired to fork over money I don’t have to the RNC, to devote countless volunteer hours, and talk up the platform of the GOP ever since I heard Mitch McConnell talk about “crushing the Tea Party’! /s

Their campaign contributions from the health insurance companies, hospital organizations,the drug companies, and other health related industries are what they really care about, voters be damned.

I gave the GOP money in 2012. They didn’t do what they said back then. When they called asking for more money in 2016 I told them they waisted my money 4 years ago and I not going to let that happen again. Take me off you calling and mailing list.

Texas-based donor Doug Deason has already refused to host a fundraiser for two members of Congress and informed House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy, R-Calif., his checkbook is closed as well.

Last week Rush, on his radio show, said voting the basids out didn’t seem to scare them. He said he didn’t know what did scare them.
I’m thinking Deason has some of the key to scaring them.
If at all possible Deason should also be fighting against the losers from getting lobbyist jobs or commentator positions on television after losing.
The thought of having to go back to their own personal hometown of Hicksville after losing an election may be what scares them the most.