Boehner-Chaired PAC Still Backs Nazi-Reenacting Republican House Candidate


The Republican party has all but given up on its Nazi-reenacting candidate Rich Iott. But that doesn’t mean they’ve cut him off entirely.

The Freedom Project, chaired by House Republican Leader John Boehner, is a Political Action Committee dedicated to electing Republican candidates. And look who they still support: Rich Iott.The month before the pictures of Iott dressed as a member of Hitler’s Waffen SS surfaced, The Freedom Project gave Iott $5000. Not an overwhelming figure, but not nothing either. And though the NRCC yanked him off their list of “Contenders” when the news broke, The Freedom Project still features him on their website.

According to Politico, Boehner’s spokesman says they’re not concerned about suffering backlash from backing Iott.


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