Bob Heghmann, a 70-year-old retired lawyer who lives in Virginia Beach, VA is fed-up with the GOP establishment’s broken promises.
The conservative lawyer is suing the national and Virginia Republican parties with more than simple bad-faith failure to repeal Obamacare, as Republicans had promised voters for over seven years.
The lawsuit states Republicans “[have] been engaged in a pattern of Racketeering which involves massive fraud perpetrated on Republican voters and contributors as well as some Independents and Democrats.”
The suit goes on, saying that the parties and national GOP leaders conned trusting voters out of millions in campaign funds “while knowing they weren’t going to be able to overturn… Obamacare.”
According to Heghmann, that’s prima facie racketeering.
Heghmann struck while the outrage was hot, quietly filing just a week after Curator of the Senate Mitch McConnell failed to pass an Obamacare repeal-only bill. It’s Heghmann’s belief Republican fundraising should be just as accountable to donors as any other commercial money raising effort.
If Jim Bakker can go to jail for failing to honor pie-in-the-sky promises, why shouldn’t Republican committees be penalized for failing to honor pie-in-Obama’s-face promises?
Heghmann says, “Republicans could have repealed and replaced Obamacare with two-page bill. But the leadership never intended to do it. They want government control of healthcare, because as far as Republicans and Democrats are concerned it’s their way of balancing the books.”
It’s Heghmann’s belief he can strike a blow for an outraged conservative base because he’s been a contributor, although not to the Virginia GOP or the RNC. The dangerous section of his suit is where he demands the political arms refund donor’s money if Obamacare isn’t repealed.
By his calculations the RNC raised more than $735 million and Virginia Republicans took more than $20 million to the bank between 2009 and 2016 using the repeal of Obamacare as leverage to open wallets around the country.
If a promoter raised almost a billion dollars and promised to build an energy plant and then didn’t even break ground, he would be guilty of fraud in spite of the fact he’s also probably a green energy advocate.
So why shouldn’t politicians who promise much and deliver nothing be held accountable, too?
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