A Republican donor is ailing over his contributions to a party that failed to repeal the Affordable Care Act.
Former New Hampshire attorney Bob Heghmann, 70, has filed a lawsuit demanding that the Republican Party return his GOP donations, a week after John McCain cast the deciding vote against a bill to repeal and replace the ACA.
In the suit, Heghmann accuses the party of fraud and racketeering, saying it raised money on the promise of repealing the health care law while knowing it wouldn’t be able to overturn the ACA.
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, The Virginia-Pilot reported.
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The lawsuit names as defendants the Republican National Committee, Virginia national GOP committee members Morton Blackwell and Cynthia Dunbar, the Republican Party of Virginia and state party Chairman John Whitbeck.
In an email to The Virginia-Pilot, Blackwell called the complaint a “frivolous, nuisance suit that should be thrown out of court by any judge.”
But he conceded that Heghmann’s suit demonstrated “conservative anger that the Republican-controlled Congress has not yet repealed and replaced Obamacare.”
Heghmann argues that the GOP raised the bulk of its funds by promising to repeal the ACA, and claims that as a contributor to the party, he has the right to sue.
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Records show he contributed $875 to the GOP in New Hampshire, where he volunteered for Trump.
He is asking the Republican Party to either return donors’ campaign contributions, or for the party to pressure Republican legislators to repeal the law.
Heghmann argues that the Republican National Committee should have done more.
“If the candidates don’t deliver, it’s incumbent on the R.N.C. to go to the candidate and say, ‘You can’t do this,’” he told the Pilot.
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