GOP Lawmakers Raked in Donations for the Obamacare Repeal Vote

Michele Bachmann, Ted Cruz and Steve King said they needed donations to fund their fight.

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Rep. Steve King, R-Iowa, speaks at the 40th annual Conservative Political Action Conference in National Harbor, Md., Saturday, March 16, 2013.
Rep. Steve King, R-Iowa, participated in a public demonstration Tuesday against the Senate's immigration reform.

Republican freshmen this week had an opportunity to vote to repeal "Obamacare," marking the 37th time the House has voted on some version of a proposal to kill President Obama's signature health care law. The House passed the legislation, which now goes on to the Senate, but Govtrack estimates only an 8 percent chance of the measure getting enacted.

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But that doesn't mean the issue isn't popular. According to a recent Fox News poll, more than half of Americans today support a repeal of the law – the overwhelming majority of them Republican.

And some GOP lawmakers are capitalizing on the sentiment to increase their cash flow. Rep. Michele Bachmann, R-Minn., has been fundraising over the past two weeks by email, saying she needs money to bankroll a TV ad "counteroffensive" against Obamacare. (She released an ad Thursday night, after the vote, that boasted the bill had passed the House.)

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Republican Texas Sen. Ted Cruz's campaign website, meanwhile, urges a repeal of "every syllable of every word" of Obamacare and says that he needs $100,000 in part to do that. And Rep. Steve King, a Republican from Iowa, has sent out numerous emails to supporters since March, asking for small donations to fund his fight.

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"It's the main, everyday issue that pops up," King's son and campaign chair Jeff King tells Whispers. "There is still plenty of hope in Republican circles of repealing [the law.]" King noted that the biggest applause line of the night for the congressman at a recent dinner event in Iowa was on the subject of an Obamacare repeal. And he says donations for the fight continue to roll in, though he couldn't estimate how much.

 

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