Washington, D.C.—National campaign finance watchdog Public Campaign Action Fund praised Speaker of the House John Boehner (R-Ohio) for postponing a weekend fundraiser due to ongoing negotiations over a possible government shutdown.
“Speaker Boehner’s decision to prioritize his work over fundraising is an example all members of Congress should follow,” said David Donnelly, executive director of Public Campaign Action Fund. “He should call on his colleagues—Democrats and Republicans—to cancel fundraising until the debates over the government shutdown and debt ceiling are resolved.”
Boehner was scheduled to attend the two-day retreat at Salamander Resort & Spa in Middleburg, Va. this weekend as part of his “Capitol Program,” an effort, as Politico reported, “meant to coax insiders to write $10,000 checks to the speaker’s political organization.”
September 30th is both the deadline for Congress to agree on funding the government and the end of fundraising for the third quarter.
Public Campaign Action Fund is a national nonpartisan organization dedicated to passing comprehensive changes to America’s campaign finance laws. The organization works to hold elected official accountable for opposing reform and for the special favors they do for contributors. Learn more at www.campaignmoney.org.