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Democrats have million-dollar day on impeachment


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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the.golden.rule July 29 2014 at 3:47 PM

No Conservative / Republican has any interest in impeaching
Barack Hussein Obama.
The only on-going talk of impeachment comes directly from Liberal Democrats who are trying to get their sheep worked up for the November election.
This is the first time in history that a Political Party is trying to get
- one of their own - impeached....!
Well,
Trying to create the impression
of a possible impeachment...
Just more
slithering snake-like tactics
coming from the
Obama Democrat Party.
Democrats know they are in
big-big trouble this election period....
And they are willing to do
anything -
no matter how filthy and dispicable
to attempt a turn-around in the dismal polling they see for November.
Saul Alinsky would be very proud
of this Obama Democrat party.

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Michael July 29 2014 at 2:39 PM

Rush Limbaugh, Sarah Palin, Ted Cruz, Michelle Bachmann, every TeaHadist in the House all are talking impeachment. What the heck are you blathering Mr. Speaker? Over 60% of your base and their crazy anti-government legislators are talking about impeachment. Just because you're not (right now) doesn't mean that the rest of us are deaf.

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louf55 July 29 2014 at 2:31 PM

As reported by HuffPoo last week, the story was planted by a White House staffer and the press picked it up and ran with it just like the sheep they are. What an embarrassment for journalism.

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Karen July 29 2014 at 2:36 PM

HaHa!! So all you trolls who have been screaming for impeachment had better catch up with your esteemed leaders who now want to deny any part in this. Apparently you fools have played right into the hands of alert dems.

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donloncrn July 29 2014 at 2:57 PM

Boehner has no scruples! None! A moral man would work across the isle to isolate the ignorant, racst, Tea Party! He would put the good of his country before his party! He will go down in history as the Speaker who did everything to obstruct the agenda of the first African American President! He is a soulless liar and should be ashamed of himself!

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Nancy July 29 2014 at 3:26 PM

Why doesn't he point the his finger at sister Sarah, (Palin)? She is the one who started the whole impeachment thing and then FOX Noise joined in along with every other rightwing looney! Besides, how is suing the president much better? Stupidity at it's finest. The only one losing in any lawsuit is the American people by paying for such nonsense hearings that will go nowhere, just like the rest of this GOP bunch of idiots! Sick of them and paying them to hurt the country rather than do their damn jobs! Boehner needs to go back to sweeping floors at his tavern and get into an alcohol rehab program and Mitch McConnell needs to get face reconstruction to remove the permanent scowl from his face! The most embarrassing and destructive bunch ever on capital hill.

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aangelu697 July 29 2014 at 2:35 PM

How come boehner blames every thing on the dems. Do you think he is a deer caught in the head lights?

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jewel July 29 2014 at 2:59 PM

SO WHAT OBAMA DOING FO YOU DUMB A-- YOU CAN'T EVEN SEE WHAT HE'S DOING YOU ARE SO DUMB.- [[ IMPEACH ]]] THAT NO GOOD [[[[[ LYER]]]]]

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mdunham227 July 29 2014 at 3:14 PM

Boehner is such a loser and a real disappointment!

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wddsparky mdunham227 July 29 2014 at 3:47 PM

But he's not the Liar in Chief

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Shelia Richard wddsparky July 29 2014 at 3:58 PM

It's so sad that speaker Boehner is such an unhappy person, he can't do his job as speaker for focusing on Presidentt Obama, who's doing his best to do his job. He's not perfect, but neither are you Boehner. You are an angry, unhappy, jealous man get a life!

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stella wddsparky July 29 2014 at 4:00 PM

YES, actually, he is.

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Bob Gurule mdunham227 July 29 2014 at 4:04 PM

Compared to whom? To Reid? LOL Get a job!!

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tmlbtb July 29 2014 at 3:40 PM

Why oh why, does anyone vote Republikan? A bunch of fools lead by fools. Sarah Palin makes the party look good.

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MASTER tmlbtb July 29 2014 at 3:45 PM

How does anyone vote at all?
Lesser of two evils? Seems to be that's all that's left, and that's too close to call.

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