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Boehner Fundraising Pace Aids GOP House Members

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Monday, 08 Jul 2013 11:09 AM

By David Alan Coia

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Despite high-profile battles with members of his own party, House Speaker John Boehner is maintaining his status as a top fundraiser for House members as Republicans look to retain at least their 17-seat majority in 2014.

The Ohio Republican has raised more than $30 million this year in more than 100 fundraising events nationwide, Politico reported.

"Our Republican House majority is the last line of defense," Boehner said at one event, according to Politico. "If Democrats succeed in returning the speaker's gavel to Nancy Pelosi, they will control all the levers of power. No check. No balance. No stopping the president from more spending, more taxes, and his cap-and-trade agenda."

Boehner so far has raised more than $5 million for the National Republican Congressional Committee; $350,000 for House members and candidates; and $250,000 for the Republican National Committee.

Boehner recently attended a fundraiser for the Congressional Leadership Fund, a Republican super PAC that spent more than $9 million in 2012 to protect the GOP's House majority, Politico said.

The Obama campaign raised $1.1 billion during the 2012 election cycle, and President Barack Obama is actively at work to help put Democrats in control of the House.

"Every dollar is needed as we prepare to face one of the most well-financed, well-organized political machines in modern history," Boehner spokesman Cory Fritz told Politico.

Boehner's strong fundraising efforts have been made while the House has been investigating the administration's actions in Benghazi and the IRS, and contending with such divisive issues as a fiscal-cliff compromise, the farm bill, and the immigration bill.

"The American people see that their government is out of control," Boehner told attendees of the Congressional Leadership Fund event. "We just need to keep making the case for our solutions to build a stronger economy and a more accountable government."

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