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ShivaTD 08-05-2017 07:57 AM

Republican donor sues GOP for fraud over ObamaCare repeal failure
This is an interesting new twist.


A Republican donor in Virginia has filed a lawsuit against the national and Virginia Republican parties, accusing them of fraud and racketeering for raising millions of dollars in donations knowing they wouldn't be able to repeal ObamaCare.

The Virginian-Pilot reports that Bob Heghmann, a retired attorney in Virginia Beach, filed the lawsuit in U.S. District Court on Thursday. The suit blasts the Republican Party, saying it "has been engaged in a pattern of Racketeering which involves massive fraud perpetrated on Republican voters and contributors as well as some Independents and Democrats."

As part of his suit, Heghmann argues that the Republican Party does not hold the same protection that members of Congress have against being sued for failing to fulfill campaign promises. He wants the GOP to either threaten to withhold money from members of Congress if they don't repeal ObamaCare, or return contributions to donors.

"If the candidates don't deliver, it's incumbent on the RNC to go to the candidate and say, 'You can't do this,' " Heghmann said, according to the Pilot.

Heghmann's suit alleges that both the national and state GOP raised millions of dollars from 2009 to 2016 by promising to repeal ObamaCare, but that Republicans knew they would be unable to repeal the law when former President Obama won reelection in 2012.

The suit references comments made by former Speaker of the House John Boehner (R-Ohio) when he said it was "clear ... [that] ObamaCare is the law of the land" following Obama's reelection.
Republican donor sues GOP for fraud over ObamaCare repeal failure

While I'm working from memory I do believe I've read RNC solicitations for funds that did appear to promise repeal of Obamacare if the Republicans could secure a majority in both houses of Congress and the Presidency. I could be mistaken but if the RNC made that promise then there's arguably a foundation for the lawsuit. The actual members of Congress are exempt from liability but not the RNC if it obtained donations based upon false promises.

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