The Campaign Spot

Wrong Time for Boehner to Ask Anti-Amnesty GOP Donors for Cash

A recent NRCC fundraising e-mail begins:

[Name], this can’t be right.

Chairman Walden just emailed me a list of NRCC members for 2013, and I don’t see your name.

You’ve been one of the NRCC’s most loyal supporters in the past so I know this must be a mistake.

It’s not too late to join our efforts to create jobs, stop reckless Washington spending, and repeal the President’s train wreck of a health care law . . . 

Please don’t wait another moment. Renew your 2013 NRCC membership today with a gift of $45.

One reader of Campaign Spot noted he would be much more responsive to a Boehner fundraising pitch if Boehner’s SuperPAC wasn’t lobbying House Republicans to pass the Gang of Eight immigration bill.

UPDATE: A reader contends it’s unfair to label the Congressional Leadership Fund “Boehner’s SuperPAC,” arguing that it is an independent organization focused on keeping and growing the GOP House majority. In other words, Boehner shares their goals and helps but does not lead or direct it. Here’s how our Jonathan Strong characterized the relationship between Boehner and CLF, and the group touting the benefits of passing the Senate bill:

AAN is housed in the same office as the Congressional Leadership Fund, a super PAC associated with Boehner, and the two organizations share senior aides, including Brian O. Walsh, the president of both organizations, and Dan Conston, the spokesman for both.

Boehner spoke at a fundraiser for CLN earlier this summer and also headlined the organization’s inaugural event. The group’s website has posted links to numerous news stories that refer to the group as “Boehner’s” super PAC.

The AAN’s e-mail, sent to GOP offices, touts the number of jobs the group estimates the Senate bill would create for the congressional district and state of that office. The group also released an embeddable “widget” that allows users to find out how many jobs the Senate bill would create in the district of their representative.

Conston, the spokesman for both AAN and CLN, said the analysis, based on the Senate bill, is “simply about broadly showing the local economic benefits of reforming a broken visa system — a problem House Republicans want fixed.”

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