August 1st, 2010
04:51 PM ET
4 years ago

RNC cancels Breitbart fundraiser

Conservative blogger Andrew Breitbart, pictured, was scheduled to appear with RNC Chairman Michael Steele at a reception later this month in Beverly Hills.
Conservative blogger Andrew Breitbart, pictured, was scheduled to appear with RNC Chairman Michael Steele at a reception later this month in Beverly Hills.

Washington (CNN) – The Republican National Committee has cancelled a fundraiser with conservative blogger Andrew Breitbart, who is under fire for promoting an edited video that falsely portrays former Agriculture Department employee Shirley Sherrod as having boasted about discriminating against a white farmer looking for her assistance.

Breitbart was scheduled to appear with RNC Chairman Michael Steele at a reception later this month in Beverly Hills.

“We are working on scheduling and we fully plan to have another event scheduled soon based on our existing trips to California,” an RNC spokesman said in a statement sent to CNN.

The spokesman said the fundraiser was cancelled “To better capitalize on the fall fundraising season that happens post-Labor Day, while also lowering costs by utilizing existing trips to California.”

Breitbart has been under fire for posting the video clip of Sherrod that led to a rush to judgment and Sherrod's forced resignation. She was later vindicated when her speech to a chapter of the NAACP was shown in full. Sherrod said on Friday that she will sue Breitbart.

Update: An RNC spokesman tells CNN that Breitbart will be invited to the next California fundraiser this fall. “The invitation stands,” said the spokesman, who noted they are looking for “an alternative date.”


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soundoff (69 Responses)
  1. GL

    RNC is a big failure.

    August 1, 2010 04:59 pm at 4:59 pm |
  2. Independent One

    I am happy to see RNC do what's right....Somethings you should do based on principals...NOT politics and NOT money

    August 1, 2010 05:03 pm at 5:03 pm |
  3. FRANK FROM LAS VEGAS

    They (the GOP) love his lies until he gets caught at them. The GOP is one big group of hypocrites.

    August 1, 2010 05:09 pm at 5:09 pm |
  4. jeremy..Big D..Tx

    This is prove that RNC supports lies,Racist ideology and cooking information to satisfy narrow devisive politics. This is disgraceful conduct of any political party leadership. Civilised world expect RNC to admonish or distance themselves from such extreme blogger but not to glorify him. This is shame of the highest degree.

    August 1, 2010 05:15 pm at 5:15 pm |
  5. Lynn

    I'm dizzy from the GOP spin.

    August 1, 2010 05:18 pm at 5:18 pm |
  6. JohninTampa

    So Michael Steele maybe does have a few brain cells.

    August 1, 2010 05:19 pm at 5:19 pm |
  7. Dina

    The RNC can't even disavow Breitbart? At least everyone else said they were sorry...

    August 1, 2010 05:20 pm at 5:20 pm |
  8. todd

    The RNC must also drain the swamp instead of restocking it!

    August 1, 2010 05:21 pm at 5:21 pm |
  9. todd

    But this is something that CBS,ABC, MSNBC,CNN, do all the time!

    August 1, 2010 05:23 pm at 5:23 pm |
  10. Observer

    Michael Steele and Breitbart together. What a dream for Democrats! Too bad Palin wouldn't have been included.

    August 1, 2010 05:23 pm at 5:23 pm |
  11. DianeRPCFL

    Clarification please: Is the RNC fundraiser with Breitbart canceled and to be rescheduled with our without Breitbart? If the RNC thinks that by canceling this event with Bretibart as the star and rescheduling it later, hoping that most rational Americans won't remember Breitbart as the Neocon Chief Goebbels-esque Propaganist, they are deeply mistaken. A photo with Andrew Breitbart and Michael Steele waving and smiling, arm in arm, at an RNC fundraiser would be a winning Democratic political ad worth its weight in gold.

    August 1, 2010 05:24 pm at 5:24 pm |
  12. judy

    Another fine example of republican values.

    August 1, 2010 05:26 pm at 5:26 pm |
  13. opie

    Breitbart = Yellow Journalism

    August 1, 2010 05:27 pm at 5:27 pm |
  14. Tina in PA

    About time somebody thought this guy shouldn't be representing anything.

    August 1, 2010 05:27 pm at 5:27 pm |
  15. Todd

    In any event, if the GOP wanted to make inroads into the black community, this pretty much killed that effort for this election cycle.

    August 1, 2010 05:27 pm at 5:27 pm |
  16. GOPretentious

    Palin. Bachmann. Wilson. Breitbart. Every time something ridiculous comes out of these people's mouths, the RNC is all too eager to trot them out to fundraise. There's truth in that old idiom. One man's trash is the GOP's treasure.

    August 1, 2010 05:35 pm at 5:35 pm |
  17. Larry

    Frankenstein ... Republican style

    At first the Republicans loved to PRETEND that the Tea Party was a grassroots organization, and not a third arm of their party

    They loved using it to bash the Democrats

    Suddenly, when this monster they created, starts spewing the Republican hate, fear mongering, racism, and bigotry, that is the core of their party, like a faucet on full, they run from it like they never heard of it

    The Republican party is the most disgusting example of POOR leadership this country has ever seen

    August 1, 2010 05:40 pm at 5:40 pm |
  18. Waleed

    Michael Steel is the biggest token in history.

    August 1, 2010 05:41 pm at 5:41 pm |
  19. Francisco Cardenas

    RNC is a BIG failure.

    August 1, 2010 05:43 pm at 5:43 pm |
  20. Michael

    Breitbart is scum. Anyone that would believe one word that comes out of this guy's mouth is hopeless.

    August 1, 2010 05:43 pm at 5:43 pm |
  21. Bill

    They love them and use them....until they are exposed!

    August 1, 2010 05:48 pm at 5:48 pm |
  22. once upon a horse

    well in a way that's TOO bad because if he was getting paid to speak there he could have used that money to help pay off Mrs Sherrod when she SUES HIS PANTS OFF!

    August 1, 2010 05:50 pm at 5:50 pm |
  23. Tracy from Delaware

    Hey Mike,

    Why don't you just say the real reason you don't want him to appear...he is too TOXIC...even for you! What a joke!

    August 1, 2010 05:50 pm at 5:50 pm |
  24. La Piovra

    Although I hesitate to attribute the actions of the RNC to decency or good taste, it is cheering to believe someone there still has some.

    August 1, 2010 05:50 pm at 5:50 pm |
  25. alan

    amazing how the RNC even tries to feign responsibility and accountability as an election nears

    August 1, 2010 05:51 pm at 5:51 pm |
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