Report: Dems Also Used Select Committees to Raise Funds

Monday, 12 May 2014 09:03 PM

By Sandy Fitzgerald

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Rep. Steve Israel, who chairs the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee, said Monday that Democrats have never used select committees to raise funds, but a report seems to contradict that.

"We are not raising money off of a permanent select committee," Israel told "NOW" host Alex Wagner on MSNBC. "That is supposed to be fair, balanced and bipartisan. We have not done that. Republicans in Congress have done just that."

Israel, of New York, was responding to statements made by South Carolina Republican Rep. Trey Gowdy, whom House Speaker John Boehner picked to head a select committee to further investigate the Benghazi terror attack and the Obama administration's reaction and role.

Gowdy said last week on MSNBC that "Democrats have selective amnesia" when it comes to criticizing the NRCC's Benghazi fundraising.

"Well, he's just flat wrong," Israel told Wagner. "This was a tragedy that should not be exploited by the NRCC based on this permanent select committee.

The Washington Free Beacon reports, however, that the DCCC has used select committees for fundraising efforts several times in the past.

The DCCC posted press releases from California Democratic Reps. Nancy PelosI and Henry Waxman calling for select committees to investigate allegations of prisoner abuse at Guantanamo Bay and Abu Ghraib, Iraq, and the releases contained "Contribute Now" buttons, The Free Beacon reports.

Also, Sen. Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass., has an item on her campaign website
asking for contributions in connection with an entry about the Benghazi scandal, the conservative publication reports.

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