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October 1, 2014

Obama Lawsuit, Impeachment Threats Raise Cash for House Democrats

Obama Lawsuit, Impeachment Threats Raise Cash for House Democrats

Steve Israel of New York is the Chairman of the DCCC. (Douglas Graham/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

House Republican threats of suing or impeaching President Barack Obama have unleashed a flood of donations to House Democrats, their campaign chief told reporters Tuesday morning.

Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee Chairman Steve Israel said those threats helped him raise $1 million in online contributions in 24 hours on Monday, mostly from small-dollar donors.

“The Republican strategy of lawsuits and approaching impeachment is fundamentally misfiring,” the New York Democrat said at a breakfast organized by the Christian Science Monitor. “It’s amassing resources for us.”

Since Speaker John A. Boehner announced a possible lawsuit against Obama, the DCCC has brought in $7.6 million online, including contributions from 74,000 new donors, Israel said. The average contribution was $19.

The DCCC is decimating its Republican counterpart this cycle in small-dollar online donations.

These donations under $200 amassed to $51 million for the DCCC this cycle, while the National Republican Congressional Committee raised $18 million from the same small contributions, Israel said.

Israel added that the threats of impeachment and lawsuits also ignites his party’s large-dollar donors.

“John Boehner makes the case for us. Darrell Issa makes the case for us,” Israel said for donors the committee dubs as “Majority Makers. “Issa, Beohner, they technically qualify as ‘Majority Makers’ because every time they talk about impeachment and don’t take it off the table … that just ignites our donors.”

On Tuesday morning, Boehner told reporters at a news conference on Capitol Hill that the impeachment talk was fabricated by Democrats for the exact purpose of raising funds. Incoming House Majority Whip Steve Scalise, R-La., said on Fox News this weekend that House Republicans wouldn’t take impeachment off the table.

“We have no plans to impeach the president. We have no future plans. It’s all a scam started by Democrats in the White House,” Boehner said.

At the breakfast, Israel also dinged his Republican counterpart, NRCC Chairman Greg Walden, for predicting a Republican wave in November.

“Bottom line, Greg, God bless him, he can predict” a wave, Isreal said. “My job is to prepare, and on the things that are in our control — messaging, mobilization, money — we are firing on all cylinders and we are succeeding.”

Emma Dumain contributed to this report.

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