The man is suing Republicans in Virginia and at the national level for falsely promising to repeal Obamacare to get donations.
GOP leaders characterize a man suing Republicans as a bringer of a “frivolous, nuisance suit.” From a strictly legal perspective that may be true. But I suspect many Republican voters feel that the GOP has been the real nuisance, and that their campaign promises were more frivolous than this lawsuit.
Ultimately, the fact that the lawsuit won’t go anywhere tells us about the nature of all politics. Politicians can promise whatever they want but those are always unenforceable promises.
The Virginian-Pilot reports, “Republican donor from Virginia Beach sues GOP, accusing the party of fraud over failed Obamacare repeal.”
A retired attorney in Virginia Beach is so incensed that Republicans couldn’t repeal the Affordable Care Act he’s suing to get political donations back, accusing the GOP of fraud and racketeering.
Bob Heghmann, 70, filed a lawsuit Thursday in U.S. District Court saying the national and Virginia Republican parties and some GOP leaders raised millions of dollars in campaign funds while knowing they weren’t going to be able to overturn the ACA, also known as Obamacare.
The GOP “has 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 said. Racketeering, perhaps better known for use in prosecuting organized crime, involves a pattern of illegal behavior by a specific group.
The lawsuit lists as defendants the Republican National Committe and Virginia’s two national GOP committee members, Morton Blackwell and Cynthia Dunbar, as well as the Republican Party of Virginia and state party Chairman John Whitbeck.
In an email, Blackwell dismissed Heghmann’s complaint as a “frivolous, nuisance suit that should be thrown out of court by any judge.”
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