Speaker of the House John Boehner’s decision to sue President Obama is raising an epic amount of grassroots dollars for Democrats. In June, House Democrats out-raised House Republicans $4.5 million to $883,000 in grassroots donations.
According to Josh Schwerin of the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee, “To see whose base is motivated for November, all you have to do is look at the numbers: in June alone, the DCCC raised $4.5 million in grassroots donations, compared to a paltry $883,000 for the NRCC. Our grassroots supporters are energized, and are rightly angry at the wrong priorities of Speaker Boehner and this Republican Congress that waste taxpayer dollars on partisan lawsuits against the President, and sticks middle class families with the tab. Our financial advantage is fueled by the support of these Americans giving an average of $20 – not billionaire special interests like the Koch brothers – and their support will make a real difference in races around the country come November.”
The Koch brothers donate millions to Republicans, but the each only get one vote. The grassroots support is critical for Democrats because those people who are donating $20 are also likely to vote in November. House Democrats have raised $33 million more than House Republicans during the 2014 election cycle. Boehner’s lawsuit keeps doing damage to Republican 2014 hopes on a daily basis. The lawsuit is defining Boehner’s House Republicans and painting a picture of a majority gone wrong.
Republicans had been counting on anger their power their voters to get the polls this year. They never expected Democrats to get enraged and mobilize in response to Speaker Boehner’s lawsuit against President Obama. Boehner’s lawsuit has completely backfired and become a powerful energizing force for Democrats ahead of the midterm elections. At one point, House Republicans were openly talking about adding seats to their majority. Thanks to Speaker Boehner, it looks like Democrats are in a good position to chip away at the size of the Republican majority.