As contributions fall, House GOP rebels blame party leaders

WASHINGTON (AP) — Tea party Rep. Thomas Massie voted in January against keeping John Boehner as House speaker.

The Kentucky Republican also opposed GOP leaders this year when they tried avoiding a standoff with President Barack Obama over immigration and keeping open the Department of Homeland Security.

Now, Massie is among some conservatives whose campaign contributions from business groups are lagging from where they were two years ago. Some say that’s because GOP leaders are steering away donations in retribution for those votes.

Republican leaders deny they’re retaliating against rebellious lawmakers. They also say businesses and other Republican donors notice how lawmakers vote and won’t back legislators who don’t support their views.

Business contributions to some conservative lawmakers have fallen, but some lawmakers have compensated by raising more money from individuals.


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