One Republican donor is says the GOP’s inability to repeal Obamacare amounts to fraud and racketeering and now he is suing to get his money back.
Former New Hampshire attorney Bob Heghmann, 70, filed a lawsuit in U.S. District Court demanding that the Republican Party return his donations, after the party failed to repeal and replace the ACA.
Heghmann’s complaint accuses the Republican Party of fraud and racketeering, because it raised money on the promise of repealing the health care law enacted by former President Barack Obama while knowing it would not be able to do that.
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 lawsuit said, The Virginia-Pilot reported.
Heghmann retired and he is now living in Virginia Beach, but Federal Election Commission records show he gave at lest $875 to the GOP while living in New Hampshire, where he was a resident for more than a decade and a Trump campaign volunteer. He moved to Virginia last year.
The defendants include the Republican National Committee, Virginia’s two national GOP committee members, Morton Blackwell and Cynthia Dunbar, the Republican Party of Virginia, and state party Chairman John Whitbeck.
Heghmann’s suit was filed a week after the Senate failed by one vote to approve a bill to repeal the Affordable Care Act.
It argues that Republican Party groups raised hundreds of millions of dollars from 2009 to 2016 by promising to repeal the Affordable Care Act, knowing that it could not be done even if the GOP won control over both houses of Congress and the White House.
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