Boehner Says He Has No Involvement With the NRCC

So why is his name on their emails?

Speaker of the House John Boehner.
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Lucia Graves
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Lucia Graves
May 13, 2014, 9:05 a.m.

Yes­ter­day House Speak­er John Boehner made a curi­ous claim re­gard­ing the Na­tion­al Re­pub­lic­an Con­gres­sion­al Com­mit­tee’s ef­forts to raise money off an in­vest­ig­a­tion of the Benghazi at­tacks.

“Listen, I’m in­volved in this in­vest­ig­a­tion, I’m not in­volved in what goes on at the cam­paign com­mit­tee,” he said. “All I know is we’re try­ing to get the truth here, and I’ve got to be­lieve the Demo­crats are prob­ably fun­drais­ing off of Benghazi just like we are … I don’t know what the fun­drais­ing arm is do­ing.” (The Demo­crat­ic Con­gres­sion­al Cam­paign Com­mit­tee has denied ever fun­drais­ing off Benghazi.)

His re­marks, de­livered in a speech be­fore the San Ant­o­nio Cham­ber of Com­merce on Monday, were the latest in what looks to be a long dodge. After the NR­CC first in­vited donors to be­come a “Benghazi Watch­dog” by giv­ing any­where from $25 to $500, Boehner re­peatedly ducked ques­tions from re­port­ers about it. Rep. Trey Gowdy, the South Car­o­lina Re­pub­lic­an who will lead the in­vest­ig­a­tion, has sim­il­arly sought dis­tance: “I have nev­er sought to raise a single penny on the backs of four murdered Amer­ic­ans,” he said on MS­N­BC’s Morn­ing Joe.

Ima­gine Boehner’s sur­prise then, when on Tues­day the NR­CC sent out a fun­drais­ing email us­ing his name, as Huff­Post‘s Sam Stein noted earli­er today.

Day after Boehner says he’s not in­volved in what goes on at NR­CC, the NR­CC sends out fun­drais­ing email in his name pic.twit­ter.com/4y­g­de8UjMh

— Sam Stein (@sam­steinhp) May 13, 2014

Is that what Boehner means by un­in­volved in what the cam­paign com­mit­tee is do­ing? He may have an ar­gu­ment if he pays no at­ten­tion to their mes­saging. In an email Tues­day, Boehner spokes­man Mi­chael Steel ex­plained it thusly: “The Speak­er does not de­term­ine the NR­CC’s spe­cif­ic strategy or tac­tics. Ob­vi­ously, he is in­volved in try­ing to help the House Re­pub­lic­an team.” 

Got that? It doesn’t mat­ter what the email says, only that it’s from the NR­CC. It also gives you some idea of just how little adding Boehner’s name, or any oth­er, means.

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