John Boehner Launches New Effort to Boost Party, Himself
House Minority Leader Rep. John Boehner quietly launched yet another fundraising committee last week to aid Republican efforts to take back the House this November. It’s modestly titled “Boehner for Speaker,” and it comes complete with brochures meant to introduce him a a regular guy to potential donors outside Washington:
Under a picture of him in his Archbishop Moeller High School football uniform, the leader is depicted as a child of the Midwest who grew up as the son of a Cincinnati tavern owner, learned life lessons from legendary football coach Gerry Faust and got his start in politics by joining his neighborhood homeowners’ association.
According to materials distributed by Boehner’s camp and obtained by POLITICO, lobbyists and other major donors across the country who give the maximum or help raise $100,000 will get meetings with Boehner, calls from senior aides with updates on the campaign and “VIP access to all events, including roundtables, briefings, breakout discussions and interactive panel discussions.”
Boehner’s new initiative — which will be a joint fundraising committee of Friends of John Boehner, the NRCC and Boehner’s leadership PAC, The Freedom Project — is another indication of Republican fears that dismal fundraising numbers could thwart the GOP’s quest for power this November. It’s also yet another drive for money that circumvents Chairman Michael Steele’s strife-riven Republican National Committee, the traditional powerhouse for Republican fundraising.
Boehner will spend almost all of August raising money for himself and his fellow candidates, traveling state to state by bus and headlining events for more than 30 Republican candidates over recess.