A Republican donor in Virginia is angry over the GOP's inability to repeal Obamacare — and now he wants his money back.
Bob Heghmann, 70, filed a lawsuit Thursday in U.S. federal court alleging the GOP defrauded donors with the promise of repealing Obamacare but failing to do so once Republicans got to the White House and Capitol Hill, the Virginian-Pilot reported.
Heghmann, a retired New Hampshire attorney now living in Virginia, has accused the GOP of fraud and racketeering for their undelivered campaign promises. He has further alleged that Republicans raised millions on the promise they would repeal Obamacare knowing they wouldn’t or couldn't do so.
The Republican Party “has been engaged in a pattern of Racketeering which involves massive fraud perpetrated on Republican voters and contributors as well as some Independents and Democrat,” the suit reads, according to the Virginian-Pilot.
“Now that the Republican Party has won the House, the Senate and the Presidency the effort it is making to Repeal and Replace Obamacare is itself a Fraud upon Republican Voters and Donors,” the suit adds.
Because he is a party donor, Heghmann said he has standing to sue. Federal election records pulled showed Heghmann donated $875 to the New Hampshire GOP last year. He did not donate to the RNC or Virginia GOP. He also volunteered for then-Republican candidate Donald Trump in the Granite State.
The lawsuit names several defendants, including: the RNC, the Virginia GOP and its chairman, as well as two national GOP committee members.
The two GOP committee members, Morton Blackwell and Cynthia Dunbar, labeled the lawsuit “ridiculous” but said in emails shared with the Virginian-Pilot that they understand Heghmann’s sentiment.
The suit is a "sign of conservative anger that the Republican-controlled Congress has not yet repealed and replaced Obamacare,” Blackwell said.
For damages, Heghmann either wants the party to refund donors their money or he wants the RNC to pressure GOP lawmakers in Washington to repeal and replace Obamacare or risk losing financial backing from the RNC.
Heghmann said he is directing his suit at the Republican Party on the state and national level because he understands he is unable to sue politicians for lying on the campaign trail.
The suit was filed one week after Senate Republicans narrowly failed to pass a repeal of Obamacare.
Since President Donald Trump took office in January, Republicans have been very vocal about their desire to repeal Obamacare and replace it with a free-market alternative. However, disagreements between the party’s moderate and more conservative factions have driven the legislative process to a screeching halt.
The House had a very public repeal failure in late March, but was later successful in early May. The Senate had been working on their own version of the repeal for nearly two months but ultimately failed to pass a “skinny repeal” in late July after three GOP senators, including Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.), voted against the repeal.