Report: Calls for Obama Impeachment Help Democrats Raise Cash

Wednesday, 23 Jul 2014 06:05 PM

By Lisa Degnen

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Increased calls to impeach President Barack Obama are increasing Democratic fundraising.

A report in The Washington Post says that comments from Republicans like those made recently by former vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin are increasing donations to the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee.

"There's only one remedy for a president who commits high crimes and misdemeanors, and it's impeachment," Palin said at a conservative rally in Denver.

That, plus Speaker John Boehner's lawsuit against Obama are motivating otherwise disengaged Democrats, who have raised $3.7 million from 200,000 online donations since June 25.

"Republicans are drastically overreaching with their lawsuit and impeachment talk, and the result has been a massive surge of enthusiasm from our grassroots supporters," DCCC Chairman Steve Israel said, The Post reports.

Talk of impeachment is particularly likely to motivate African-American Democrats, the report said.

"We have already had a rehearsal for this,"the paper quotes David Bositis, who studies African-American voting patterns, as saying. "There is a very strong case to be made that you would see black voters turning out to respond to any attempts to impeach Obama. . . . If you get people angry and fearful, they can be motivated."

"Impeachment talks fit the same type of frame and narrative to get black people to vote again," adds Emory University political science professor Andra Gillespie, according to the newspaper.

The paper says that congressional races in Georgia, Louisiana, North Carolina and Michigan could have unpredictable outcomes if black voters come out in force as a show of support for Obama.

According to a report in Politico, the DCCC regularly sends out angry emails to its base to drum up support for the party.

"If you are OUTRAGED by this IMPEACHMENT threat, we NEED you this instant," the DCCC wrote in one blast.

"When Republicans overreach and attack the president, our supporters rally to his defense," Democratic National Committee spokesman Michael Czin said, according to Politico. "And today, the contrast for our supporters — and the electorate — couldn't be clearer: while Democrats are fighting to raise the minimum wage, pass equal pay legislation and common-sense immigration reform, more and more Republicans are discussing the specter of impeachment just to rally their base ahead of the midterms."

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