Democrats have million-dollar day on impeachment

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Democrats have million-dollar day on impeachment
Speaker of the House John Boehner, R-Ohio, strides to the chamber as lawmakers prepare to move on legislation authorizing an election-year lawsuit against President Barack Obama that accuses him of exceeding his powers in enforcing his health care law, at the Capitol in Washington, Wednesday, July 30, 2014. Democrats have branded the effort a political charade aimed at stirring up Republican voters for the fall congressional elections. They say it's also an effort by top Republicans to mollify conservatives who want Obama to be impeached, something Boehner said Tuesday he has no plans to do. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)
House Speaker John Boehner of Ohio strides to the House chamber on Capitol Hill in Washington, Wednesday, July 30, 2014, as lawmakers prepare to move on legislation authorizing an election-year lawsuit against President Barack Obama that accuses him of exceeding his powers in enforcing his health care law. Democrats have branded the effort a political charade aimed at stirring up Republican voters for the fall congressional elections. They say it's also an effort by top Republicans to mollify conservatives who want Obama to be impeached — something Boehner said Tuesday he has no plans to do. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)
House Minority Whip Steny Hoyer of Md., joined by Rep. Maxine Waters, D-Calif., left, and Rep. Kerry Bentivolio, R-Mich., criticizes the efforts of Republicans to muscle legislation through the House authorizing an election-year lawsuit against President Barack Obama that accuses him of exceeding his powers in enforcing his health care law, Wednesday, July 30, 2014, during a news conference on Capitol Hill in Washington. Democrats have branded the effort a political charade aimed at stirring up Republican voters for the fall congressional elections. They say it's also an effort by top Republicans to mollify conservatives who want Obama to be impeached — something House Speaker John Boehner of Ohio, said Tuesday he has no plans to do. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)
Rep. Patrick T. McHenry, R-N.C., and Rep. Marsha Blackburn, R-Tenn., right, walks to the House chamber for votes as Republicans pushed a divided House Wednesday toward a campaign-season lawsuit against President Barack Obama, accusing him of deliberately exceeding the bounds of his constitutional authority, at the Capitol in Washington, Wednesday, July 30, 2014. Democrats have branded the effort a political charade aimed at stirring up Republican voters for the fall congressional elections. They say it's also an effort by top Republicans to mollify conservatives who want Obama to be impeached — something Boehner said Tuesday he has no plans to do. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)
Rep. Maxine Waters, D-Calif., listens to comments by House Minority Whip Steny Hoyer of Md., as she and fellow Democrats criticize the efforts of Republicans to muscle legislation through the House authorizing an election-year lawsuit against President Barack Obama that accuses him of exceeding his powers in enforcing his health care law, Wednesday, July 30, 2014, during a news conference on Capitol in Washington. Democrats have branded the effort a political charade aimed at stirring up Republican voters for the fall congressional elections. They say it's also an effort by top Republicans to mollify conservatives who want Obama to be impeached — something House Speaker John Boehner, R-Ohio, said Tuesday he has no plans to do. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)
House Rules Committee Chairman Pete Sessions, R-Texas, leads the the panel on procedural steps to authorize the House to seek a lawsuit against President Barack Obama for, as the resolution charges, failing to carry out his duties as required by the Constitution regarding the Affordable Care Act, at the Capitol in Washington, Tuesday, July 29, 2014. Republican leaders say Obama has violated his constitutional duty to faithfully execute the law, insisting that he has enforced laws as he wants to, dangerously shifting power to the presidency from Congress. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)
Rep. Louise Slaughter, D-N.Y., the top Democrat on the House Rules Committee, joined at left by Rep. James P. McGovern, D-Mass., voices her concerns as the panel meets to take steps to authorize the House to initiate litigation against President Barack Obama for failing to carry out his duties as required by the Constitution regarding the Affordable Care Act, at the Capitol in Washington, Tuesday, July 29, 2014. As the top Democrat on the Republican-run committee, Rep. Slaughter led the fight against the resolution. The measure passed and will now go to the floor. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)
House Rules Committee Chairman Pete Sessions, R-Texas, center, joined at right by Rep. Virginia Foxx, R-N.C., leads the the panel on procedural steps to authorize the House to seek a lawsuit against President Barack Obama for, as the resolution charges, failing to carry out his duties as required by the Constitution regarding the Affordable Care Act, at the Capitol in Washington, Tuesday, July 29, 2014. Republican leaders say Obama has violated his constitutional duty to faithfully execute the law, insisting that he has enforced laws as he wants to, dangerously shifting power to the presidency from Congress. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)
House Rules Committee Chairman Pete Sessions, R-Texas, left, confers with Rep. Virginia Foxx, R-N.C., as the panel meets to take the procedural steps to authorize the House to seek a lawsuit against President Barack Obama for, as the resolution charges, failing to carry out his duties as required by the Constitution regarding the Affordable Care Act, at the Capitol in Washington, Tuesday, July 29, 2014. Republican leaders say Obama has violated his constitutional duty to faithfully execute the law, insisting that he has enforced laws as he wants to, dangerously shifting power to the presidency from Congress. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)
House Rules Committee Chairman Pete Sessions, R-Texas, leads the the panel on procedural steps to authorize the House to seek a lawsuit against President Barack Obama for, as the resolution charges, failing to carry out his duties as required by the Constitution regarding the Affordable Care Act, at the Capitol in Washington, Tuesday, July 29, 2014. Republican leaders say Obama has violated his constitutional duty to faithfully execute the law, insisting that he has enforced laws as he wants to, dangerously shifting power to the presidency from Congress. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)
Republican members of the House Rules Committee from left, Rep. Rob Bishop, R-Utah, House Rules Committee Chairman Rep. Pete Sessions, R-Texas, Rep. Rich Nugent, R-Fla., seated, and Rep. Daniel Webster, D-Fla., gather on Capitol in Washington, Tuesday, July 29, 2014, to take the procedural steps to authorize the House to initiate litigation against President Barack Obama for failing to carry out his duties as required by the Constitution regarding the Affordable Care Act. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)
Republican members of the House Rules Committee from left, Rep. Rob Bishop, R-Utah, House Rules Committee Chairman Rep. Pete Sessions, R-Texas, Rep. Rich Nugent, R-Fla., seated, and Rep. Daniel Webster, D-Fla., gather on Capitol in Washington, Tuesday, July 29, 2014, to take the procedural steps to authorize the House to initiate litigation against President Barack Obama for failing to carry out his duties as required by the Constitution regarding the Affordable Care Act. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)
Speaker of the House John Boehner of Ohio, joined by from left, Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers, R-Wash., incoming Majority Leader Rep. Kevin McCarthy, R-Calif., and House Veterans’ Affairs Chairman Rep. Jeff Miller, R-Fla., speaks to reporters on Capitol Hill in Washington, Tuesday, July 29, 2014, following a Republican strategy session. Boehner discussed various topics including that he dismisses suggestions that Republicans are planning to impeach President Barack Obama. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)
Speaker of the House John Boehner, R-Ohio, arrives for a meeting of the Republican Conference on Capitol Hill in Washington, Tuesday, July 29, 2014. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)
Speaker of the House John Boehner of Ohio, arrives for a meeting of the Republican Conference on Capitol Hill in Washington, Tuesday, July 29, 2014. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)
Speaker of the House John Boehner of Ohio, joined at right by incoming Majority Leader Rep. Kevin McCarthy of Calif., and Rep. Lynn Jenkins, R-Kan., talks with reporters on Capitol Hill in Washington, Wednesday, July 23, 2014, following a Republican strategy session. House Republicans want to slash President Barack Obama's emergency spending request for the border, speed young migrants back home to Central America, and send in the National Guard. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)
FILE - This July 22, 2014, file photo shows President Barack Obama as he departs the White House to board Marine One in Washington. The last time Republicans unleashed impeachment proceedings against a Democratic president, they lost House seats in an election they seemed primed to win handily. Memories of Bill Clinton and the campaign of 1998 may explain why Speaker John Boehner and the current GOP leadership want no part of such talk now. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite, File)
This photo taken July 15, 2014 shows House Speaker John Boehner of Ohio speaking at Republican National Committee headquarters on Capitol Hill in Washington. Constitutional lawyers backing a planned House Republican lawsuit against President Barack Obama told a congressional committee Wednesday that the action is justified because Obama has exceeded his powers in carrying out his health care law. Attorneys allied with Democrats in opposing the election-year suit said it's the GOP that's going too far by trying to resolve a political dispute by handing the question to the federal courts to decide. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)
House Speaker John Boehner of Ohio, speaks to reporters on Capitol Hill in Washington, Thursday, July 10, 2014, during a news conference. (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta)
House Speaker John Boehner of Ohio presents Nina Lagergren with a Congressional Gold Medal posthumously on behalf of her half brother, Raoul Wallenberg, in honor of his heroism during the Holocaust on Capitol Hill in Washington, Wednesday, July 9, 2014. Wallenberg's work as Sweden's envoy in Budapest in 1944 was a cover for a humanitarian mission as secret emissary of the U.S. War Refugee Board, created in an attempt to stem the annihilation of Europe's Jews. He saved at least 20,000 Jews in Budapest by giving them Swedish travel documents or moving them to safe houses and is also credited with dissuading German officers from massacring the 70,000 inhabitants of the city's ghetto. Others on stage are Rep. Gregory Meeks, D-N.Y., left, House Minority Whip Steny Hoyer of Md., second from left, Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand, D-N.Y., center, House Majority Leader Eric Cantor of Va., third from right, and Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell of Ky. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)
President Barack Obama, accompanied by Vice President Joe Biden, speaks about immigration reform, Monday, June 30, 2014, in the Rose Garden at the White House in Washington. House Speaker John Boehner told President Obama that the House will not vote on overhauling the nation’s troubled immigration system during this election year, the White House says. Officials say Obama will announce steps Monday to deal with immigration through executive actions without congressional approval. (AP Photo/Charles Dharapak)
Rep. Curt Clawson, R-Fla., center, participates in a ceremonial swearing-in with House Speaker John Boehner of Ohio, left, and his mother, Cherie Clawson, on Capitol Hill in Washington, Wednesday, June 25, 2014. Clawson won a special election in southwest Florida on Tuesday to replace former Rep. Trey Radel, who resigned in January after pleading guilty to cocaine possession. Clawson will now serve the remainder of Radel's term but must face voters again in November to win re-election. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)
Speaker of the House John Boehner, R-Ohio, center, and the newly-reshuffled House Republican leadership meet with reporters for the first time without an appearance by Rep. Eric Cantor, R-Va., who was defeated in his primary earlier this month and consequently his position as majority leader, on Capitol Hill in Washington, Tuesday, June 24, 2014. From left to right are Majority Leader-elect Rep. Kevin McCarthy, R-Calif., Rep. Steve Scalise, R-La., the newly elected House GOP whip, Rep. Lynn Jenkins, R-Kan., Speaker of the House John Boehner, R-Ohio, Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers, R-Wash., chair of the Republican Conference, and Rep. Cory Gardner, R-Colo., who is challenging Sen. Mark Udall, D-Colo., for his Senate seat. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)
Speaker of the House John Boehner, R-Ohio, tells reporters that the United States should not be talking to Iran about a joint effort to help the Iraqi government battle insurgents who have been overrunning large swaths of that country, at the Capitol in Washington, Wednesday, June 18, 2014. At right is Rep. Todd Young, R-Ind. Before heading to the White House to meet with President Barack Obama on the crisis, Boehner said that reaching out to Iran would be the wrong message to send U.S. allies in the Middle East, even as Iran is alleged to have sponsored terrorism in that region. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)
Speaker of the House John Boehner, R-Ohio, arrives to make a statement about the Veterans Affairs health care scandal and the resignation of VA Secretary Eric Shinseki, at the Capitol in Washington, Friday, May 30, 2014. A government investigation this week confirmed broad and deep-seated problems in the sprawling health care system which provides medical care to about 6.5 million veterans annually. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)
U.S. House Speaker John Boehner, left, receives a gift from the President of the Portuguese parliament Assuncao Esteves before their meeting at the Portuguese parliament, in Lisbon, Thursday, April 17, 2014. Boehner is on visit in Lisbon as part of an international trip that includes Afghanistan and Abu Dhabi. (AP Photo/Francisco Seco)
From left, House Speaker John Boehner of Ohio, Taoiseach Enda Kenny of Ireland, President Barack Obama, and Rep. Peter King, R-N.Y., walk down the steps of the House on Capitol Hill in Washington, Friday, March 14, 2014, following Friends of Ireland luncheon. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)
House Speaker John Boehner of Ohio calls Obamacare a monstrosity that was a factor in the Republicans winning a special congressional election in Florida this week, Thursday, March 13, 2014, during a news conference on Capitol Hill in Washington. Boehner also said that jobs are the number one issue for most Americans. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)
President Barack Obama meets with House Speaker John Boehner of Ohio in the Oval Office of the White House in Washington, Tuesday, Feb. 25, 2014. The Democratic president and Republican speaker met in the Oval Office, their first meeting alone at the White House since December 2012, when they failed to reach agreement on tax reform and spending cuts during deficit-reduction talks. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)
House Speaker John Boehner of Ohio is surrounded by reporters as he returns to the Capitol, Tuesday, Feb. 25, 2014, following a meeting at the White House with President Barack Obama. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)
On the day of President Barack Obama’s State of the Union address, House Speaker John Boehner of Ohio, meets with reporters at Republican National Committee headquarters in Washington, Tuesday, Jan. 28, 2014, after a GOP strategy session. Eager not to be limited by the legislative gridlock that has plagued the divided Congress, Obama is expected to underscore a go-it-alone strategy where he could bypass lawmakers and use executive actions to achieve his policy proposals. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)
Vice President Joe Biden shakes hands with House Speaker John Boehner of Ohio before President Barack Obama's State of the Union address on Capitol Hill in Washington, Tuesday Jan. 28, 2014. (AP Photo/Charles Dharapak)
WASHINGTON, DC - JULY 24: U.S. Speaker of the House John Boehner (R-OH) answers questions during a press conference at the U.S. Capitol July 24, 2014 in Washington, DC. Boehner answered questions on a pending bill to address the problems with the Veterans Affairs administration and also issues related to immigration. (Photo by Win McNamee/Getty Images)
UNITED STATES - JULY 11: Speaker John Boeher, R-Ohio, Rep. Virginia Foxx, R-N.C., and House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., speak to the media before signing the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act, in the Capitol, July 11, 2014. The bipartisan legislation is intended to improve job training programs to help those who are out of work, re-enter the job market. (Photo By Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)
WASHINGTON, DC - JULY 11: House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) (R) and House Speaker John Boehner (R-OH) await to sign bipartisan legislation Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act. at the U.S. Capitol, July 11, 2014 in Washington, DC. Also pictured are Ranking Member of the House Education & Workforce Committee George Miller (D-CA) (2ndL), Chairman of the House Education & Workforce Committee John Kline (R-MN) (3rdL), Rep. Virginia Foxx (R-NC)(2nd-R) and Rep. Ruben Hinojosa (D-TX) (R). (Photo by Mark Wilson/Getty Images)
US Vice President Joe Biden (L), Speaker of the House John Boehner (C), and Israeli President Shimon Peres (R) stand during the Presentation of the Colors by the US Armed Forces Color Guard during ceremonies presenting with the Congressional Gold Medal to Peres on June 26, 2014 inside the Rotunda of the US Capitol in Washington, DC. AFP Photo/Paul J. Richards (Photo credit should read PAUL J. RICHARDS/AFP/Getty Images)
UNITED STATES - JUNE 24: Speaker of the House John Boehner, R-Ohio, speaks to the media at the Republican National Committee following the House Republican Conference meeting on Tuesday, June 24, 2014. (Photo By Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)
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By PHILIP ELLIOTT

WASHINGTON (AP) - House Democrats are cashing in on chatter about impeaching President Barack Obama, raising $1 million on Monday alone, their campaign chief said Tuesday.

Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee chairman Steve Israel told reporters that House Speaker John Boehner's announcement of a lawsuit against Obama opened the door to the fundraising drive. Since Boehner announced in June he planned to sue the president, Democrats' House campaign arm has raised $7.6 million.

"I understand the strategy is intended to gin up its base," Israel told reporters at a breakfast organized by The Christian Science Monitor. "Every time they talk about suing the president, that just ignites our base."

Boehner, meanwhile, said Democrats were the ones fueling impeachment talks. The Ohio Republican told reporters on Capitol Hill that his party has "no plans" to open impeachment proceedings. He called such talk a "scam."

The dueling messages come as both parties are working to engage voters - and, perhaps more importantly, donors. The Democrats' House campaign committee has been a fundraising powerhouse this election cycle, out-raising its GOP rival in 16 of the last 18 months. Although House Democrats face an uphill climb to take the majority, their fundraising operation has raised almost $125 million since January 2013.

House Democrats have highlighted the specter of impeachment in fundraising pitches to tremendous effect since Boehner announced a lawsuit against Obama for failing to enforce U.S. laws, a potential starting point for impeachment proceedings. Some 74,000 first-time donors have responded to the Democrats' House arm pitch about impeachment, Israel said.

"The fate of Obama's presidency is at stake," Democrats said in an email solicitation sent Sunday.

The average donation, Israel said, was just $19.

On Capitol Hill, Boehner said Republican have "no plans to impeach the president" and said the White House was fueling talk of impeachment for political gain.

"This whole talk about impeachment is coming from the president's own staff and coming from Democrats on Capitol Hill. Why? Because they're trying to rally their people to give money and to show up in this year's elections," Boehner said.

"It's all a scam started by Democrats at the White House," he added.

In fact, speculation about impeachment has been popular among conservative activists and some lawmakers despite Boehner's dismissal. In an interview this week, Louisiana Rep. Steve Scalise, newly elected to the GOP leadership, repeatedly declined to rule out impeaching Obama.

Republicans are expected to keep their House majority after November's elections. Re-drawn congressional districts favor the GOP and both parties are contesting only a handful of seats. Even so, the parties' House campaign committees have already raised more than $226 million as of July 1.

Republicans have 234 seats in the House and Democrats have 199 seats. There are two vacancies.

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