Impeachment Chatter Fills Democratic Campaign Coffers

Rumors that House Republicans might try to impeach the president helped Democrats add $1 million to their campaign coffers in a single day.

(MGN Online/file)

WASHINGTON (July 29, 2014) Chatter about impeaching President Barack Obama helped House Democrats' campaign committee raise $1 million online in one day.

Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee chief Rep. Steve Israel said Tuesday the specter of impeachment helped his political arm raise $1 million from donors on Monday, a day when the committee's fundraising focused on the issue.

The New York congressman says House Republicans' lawsuit against Mr. Obama and rumors the president might face impeachment are galvanizing Democratic 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.

Republican House Speaker John Boehner, meanwhile, says the House has no plans to impeach Mr. Obama and says talk of impeachment is all a scam by Democrats at the White House.

Boehner says Democrats are trying to rally their supporters ahead of November's mid-term elections to give money and show up to vote.

Some Republicans have said Mr. Obama would open the door to impeachment if he takes steps to end deportations of large numbers of immigrants here illegally, as the White House is contemplating.

Other Republicans, including former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin, already are calling for the president’s impeachment.

The White House is taking impeachment talk seriously, senior adviser Dan Pfeiffer said.


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