In the wake of Republicans' failed attempts to repeal the Affordable Care Act, commonly called Obamacare, a former attorney and GOP donor has filed a lawsuit against his political party with the goal of getting his contributions refunded.
The suit was brought by 70-year-old Bob Heghmann, who alleges that the GOP "has been engaged in a pattern of Racketeering which involves massive fraud perpetrated on Republican voters and contributors as well as some Independents and Democrats," according to The Virginian Pilot.
The plaintiff alleges the Republican Party raised significant amounts of money under a false premise that it could repeal Obamacare. He is suing both the Republican National Committee and the Republican Party of Virginia, as well as several named members of the party.
"If the candidates don't deliver, it’s incumbent on the RNC to go to the candidate and say, 'You can’t do this,'" said Heghmann of the RNC, before filing the lawsuit.
Heghmann referenced the words of then-House Speaker John Boehner, a Republican, to make the point that the GOP has known for years it could not overturn the ACA. Boehner made the comments after President Barack Obama had been re-elected.
"It's pretty clear that the president was re-elected," said Boehner. "Obamacare is the law of the land. There certainly may be parts of it we believe need to be changed. Maybe we'll do that. No decisions at this point."
Heghmann maintains in his suit that the GOP used this repeal effort to leverage further donations for the party.
"In making this statement Speaker Boehner was sending a message to House Republicans and others that Repeal was not going to happen," alleges Heghmann's suit. "He was trying to put the issue to rest. ... Nevertheless, the Republican Party continued to use the mails, wires and interstate commerce to solicit donations and votes to secure House and Senate majorities and ultimately the Presidency."
Heghmann's suit explains that, with current majorities in Congress, the GOP has no excuse to hide behind.
"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 Republicans' Obamacare repeal bill died in the Senate after three GOP senators voted against the legislation.
"What we tried to accomplish for the American people was the right thing for the country," said Republican Senate Majority Leader Sen. Mitch McConnell of Kentucky, according to The Hill. "I think the American people are going to regret that we couldn't find another way forward."
One of the lawsuit defendants, Morton Blackwell, a member of the national GOP committee, reportedly sympathized with the plaintiff Heghmann.
"Too few conservatives are willing to invest their time, talent, and money and personally participate inside the Republican Party," said Blackwell.
"A Republican majority will mean a conservative majority if and when a sufficient number of conservatives figure out why the success of their principles depends on their personal involvement in local, state and national Republican Party committees and in party nomination contests."