Nov 02, 2011

Speaker Boehner Welcomes Campaign Cash from Nazi Enthusiast

According to a new report by the Washington Jewish Week, Speaker John Boehner accepted nearly the maximum campaign contribution from Rich Iott, a Nazi enthusiast who even other House Republicans had to disavow when he ran for Congress. Last year it came out that Iott, then-candidate for Ohio’s 9th district, wore a German SS uniform and participated in Nazi re-enactments of the 5th SS Panzer Division through the group Wiking. 

“House Speaker Boehner should be ashamed of himself for accepting a contribution from someone he knows gets his kicks by pretending to be a Nazi,” said Jesse Ferguson of the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee.  “Clearly Boehner is so desperate for campaign cash or so removed from reality that he is accepting money from a Nazi enthusiast who insults the memory of six million Jews who died during the Holocaust and our nations’ veterans who sacrificed to defend our freedom. Coming right after news that Speaker Boehner’s Republican Majority was built on contributions from a company that does business with Iran – the leading enemy of Israel – this raises serious concerns for voters across the country.”

Boehner’s Republican Majority was built with the financial contributions of the Koch brothers, who a recent Bloomberg investigation shows did business with the Iranian regime, known for its sponsorship of terrorism and pledges to destroy the Jewish state of Israel. 

Background
Rich Iott Dressed Up as Nazi War Reenactor.
Rich Iott, the 2010 Republican nominee for Congress from Ohio’s 9th District, and a Tea Party favorite, “for years donned a German Waffen SS uniform and participated in Nazi re-enactments.” Iott was involved with a group that calls itself Wiking, “whose members are devoted to re-enacting the exploits of an actual Nazi division, the 5th SS Panzer Division Wiking.”  [The Atlantic, 10/08/10]

Nazi impersonator Iott donates to Boehner PAC.  “Notorious Nazi impersonator Richard Iott, who's also a former GOPā€ˆHouse candidate, donated $2,400 (the maximum amount permitted) to Rep. John Boehner (R-Ohio) earlier this year […] Iott came to prominence late last year when it was revealed that the one-time candidate in Ohio apparently spent his weekends prancing around in a Nazi SS Waffen uniform, reenacting battles. [Washington Jewish Week, 11/1/11]

Koch Brothers Bankrolled House Republican’s 2010 Political Efforts. “Using their vast wealth and connections, the Koch brothers are key players in bankrolling right-wing political action groups, think tanks, and individual politicians, using this array of political power to advance their ideological agenda of limited government and less regulation. Chances are they are part of any recent right-wing attack you have seen lately. […] Koch Industries PAC donated to 62 of the 87 members of the House Republican freshman class and to 12 of the new members of the U.S. Senate […] One could argue these donations give Charles and David Koch considerable access to Congress. David Koch, for example, attended the swearing-in ceremony for Speaker of the House of Representatives John Boehner (R-OH).” [Center for American Progress, 4/11]

Koch Brothers Plans to Play Bigger Role in 2012. “Karl Rove’s team and the Koch brothers’ operatives quietly coordinated millions of dollars in political spending in 2010, but that alliance, which has flown largely under the radar, is showing signs of fraying. […] The billionaire industrialist brothers David and Charles Koch plan to steer more than $200 million — potentially much more — to conservative groups ahead of Election Day, POLITICO has learned.” [Politico, 10/10/11]

Koch Industries Sold Millions Worth of Petrochemical Equipment to Iran. “A Bloomberg Markets investigation has found that Koch Industries -- in addition to being involved in improper payments to win business in Africa, India and the Middle East -- has sold millions of dollars of petrochemical equipment to Iran, a country the U.S. identifies as a sponsor of global terrorism. […] Internal company documents show that the company made those sales through foreign subsidiaries, thwarting a U.S. trade ban.” [Bloomberg, 10/3/11]

Koch Industries Did Business with Iran the Day After Bush Told Congress Iran Supported Terror. In 2011, ABC News reported that Koch industries did business with Iran the “day after President Bush told Congress in his State of the Union message that Iran continued to be an enemy of the U.S. that ‘represses its people, pursues weapons of mass destruction and supports terror.’” [ABC News, 10/7/11]


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