More jabs between RNC and DNC
July 20th, 2011
12:14 PM ET
3 years ago

More jabs between RNC and DNC

(CNN) - Chair of the Democratic National Committee, Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz, wrote a letter to Republican National Committee Chairman Reince Priebus Thursday responding to an earlier request from the RNC that Attorney General Eric Holder investigate an "apparent" crime by President Obama.

Priebus accused the president Monday of misusing the White House Map Room to record a fundraising video. A White House spokesman noted the room is part of the White House residence, and therefore not subject to the restrictions placed on official rooms.

But Schultz, D-Florida, put the pressure on Priebus in her letter, asking the RNC and Republican presidential candidates to "forgo accepting contributions from Political Action Committees or federal lobbyists." She also called on presidential candidates to disclose their major fundraisers.

"I have noticed with great curiosity yours and the Republican Party's apparent newfound interest in transparency and accountability as it relates to campaign finance," Schultz wrote in the letter obtained by CNN. "Curious because, after all, the Republican Party has fought in Congress and in the courts virtually every effort over the past decade or more to rein in the influence of moneyed special interests in politics and to require greater disclosure and transparency."

Schultz said the steps would help restore confidence in the political process.

"Should you decline to take these steps, however, some in your own party who have referred to your latest machinations on this issue as 'absurd', 'an embarrassment' and 'laughable' will be confirmed in such an assessment," Schultz wrote.

RNC Spokeswoman Kirsten Kukowski responded to the letter, accusing Schultz of "hypocrisy."

"It's time for Debbie Wasserman Schultz to get off her soapbox considering the DNC takes money from state lobbyists and Wasserman Schultz herself takes money from PACs," Kukowski said. "For the record, the RNC is curious when Debbie Wasserman Schultz became a spokesperson for the DOJ. We will continue to wait for an investigation from them into potentially criminal activity by this president."

– CNN's Rebecca Stewart contributed to this report.


Filed under: Debbie Wasserman Schultz • DNC • Reince Priebus • RNC
soundoff (65 Responses)
  1. Rudy NYC

    The accusation by Priebus is absurd to the point just plain ridiculous. That part of the White House has been considered "private" by both parties for decades. Now suddenly, it is not?

    July 20, 2011 12:23 pm at 12:23 pm |
  2. 2 Old 2B Afraid

    Guess Reince Priebus will be the next whiner to run to Boehner and Cantor claiming DWS hurt his "wittle feelwings".

    Geez, DWS has bigger ones than the entire elected Teapublican Party.

    July 20, 2011 12:24 pm at 12:24 pm |
  3. Dominican mama 4 Obama

    Should you decline to take these steps, however, some in your own party who have referred to your latest machinations on this issue as 'absurd', 'an embarrassment' and 'laughable' will be confirmed in such an assessment," Schultz wrote.

    The RNC did not immediately respond to a request for comment.
    -------------------------------------------------–
    Debbie, I LOVE YOU!!!!!!!
    You're calling them out in REAL TIME! First West, now this eejit Previous Rinse.
    YOU GO GIRL!!!!!

    July 20, 2011 12:24 pm at 12:24 pm |
  4. Buy American or Drop Dead

    I'm so glad the GOP is encouraging the DOJ to expend its finite resources to investigate such an nefarious crime such as this. LOL

    July 20, 2011 12:25 pm at 12:25 pm |
  5. gran

    I meer mention of "an apparent 'crime'" is what the Repubs do best. They know that there are many who will believe it to be true even when proven not to be. When looking for a description of deception and lies, don't be surprised to find the faces of the GOP.

    July 20, 2011 12:28 pm at 12:28 pm |
  6. ABM

    Nice to see a Dem with a spine. The GOP is a joke and will feel the broom in 2012. If they act with maturity and lead instead of sticking it to the everyday citizen they would see some support. They get nothing from me. NOTHING!!

    July 20, 2011 12:29 pm at 12:29 pm |
  7. Thankfully Independent

    I was wondering what happened to Reince ... hadn't heard from him in a long time. After laying low for so long, one would hope he would have come up with a more substantial issue than this. Jobs come to mind, but I can understand his reluctance to pursue that issue as Republicans have been sooo good at sending U.S. jobs overseas. And now, with these spending cuts on the table, what is Reince going to tell all of these people who are going to loose their jobs because the Republicans believe that government is too big? Time for Priebus to disappear again.

    July 20, 2011 12:30 pm at 12:30 pm |
  8. Dominican mama 4 Obama

    But Schultz, D-Florida, put the pressure on Priebus in her letter, asking the RNC and Republican presidential candidates to "forgo accepting contributions from Political Action Committees or federal lobbyists." She also called on presidential candidates to disclose their major fundraisers
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    OUTSTANDING!!!
    It took a Democratic WOMAN to stand up and try to put a stop to the BS that that the Rethugs are so adept at dishing out.
    She reminds me of Nancy Pelosi. Wasserman is not afraid to fight fire with fire and give as good if not better than she's gotten.
    My warmest and heartfelt welcome to the new chairwoman of the DNC.
    My check is on its' way!
    Obama 2012

    July 20, 2011 12:31 pm at 12:31 pm |
  9. Me

    Wasserman Schultz is on a roll.

    July 20, 2011 12:31 pm at 12:31 pm |
  10. Sniffit

    "They know that there are many who will believe it to be true even when proven not to be."

    Indeed. Thanks to the death of journalism and journalistic integrity, one of the axoims of American politics is now the following:

    The accusation = The conviction.

    July 20, 2011 12:32 pm at 12:32 pm |
  11. Rickster

    Transparency in campaign contributions would be a great thing. Careful of what you wish for Wasserman, that transparency will reveal all of the foreign contributions that your wonderful President Failure receives.

    July 20, 2011 12:33 pm at 12:33 pm |
  12. Donkey Party

    Keep hammering the GOP Teahadists on all their lies and obstructionism, wake the eff up America, the right-wing is killing you.

    July 20, 2011 12:34 pm at 12:34 pm |
  13. FM

    Though am extremely busy at the moment, but I have to still few minutes and write: Go Debby go! you are giving them the medicine they desperately require! We all admire you lady!

    July 20, 2011 12:36 pm at 12:36 pm |
  14. Frank - Ohio

    Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz is the lowest of the low when it comes to politicians. She is the poster child of what's wrong with Washington.

    July 20, 2011 12:41 pm at 12:41 pm |
  15. R

    "More jabs between RNC and DNC"
    No surprise there. Heaven forbid any of them would actually do their jobs instead of useless finger-pointing and acting like 4 year old kids.

    Let me make it simple:
    Democrats – cater to the useless masses who don't want to get up and do anything, but believe they are "entitled" to be taken care of.
    Republicans – cater to the saber-rattling masses who believe they are right about anything and everything, even when they are clearly not.
    Democrats and Republicans – do not cater to the working class people of America. The ones that are struggling to survive on a day to day basis.

    July 20, 2011 12:43 pm at 12:43 pm |
  16. jacq

    I'm like the fight in this lady. Looks like she can ruffle a few feathers on the GOP chickens

    July 20, 2011 12:50 pm at 12:50 pm |
  17. MARIO Forzani

    Rancid Pubis makes Michael Steele look like a genius.

    July 20, 2011 12:51 pm at 12:51 pm |
  18. Mike Dallas

    Rice Princess, the RNC leader is speechless after hearing the truth?

    Good.

    July 20, 2011 12:51 pm at 12:51 pm |
  19. GI Joe

    I love this post by someone else. Remove the vowels from his name (Reince Priebus) and you get -

    RNC PR BS

    July 20, 2011 12:52 pm at 12:52 pm |
  20. Texas Doc

    Who is the RReince Preibus guy anyway? Is he French/ Canadian? (even American?). I thought the GOP was the USA forever party

    July 20, 2011 12:52 pm at 12:52 pm |
  21. sammieb51

    Can the GOP PLEASE just do THEIR JOBS and quit trying to fail Obama - what's next, they're going to bust him for smoking cigaretts on the patio? GMAB - get back to work GOPbags on the thing you said you were going to do during the '10 campaign - JOBS JOBS JOBS - to date NOT ONE JOBS BILL PRESENTED BY ANY REPUBLICAN, TEABAG MEMBER. DISPICABLE. GOOD THING YOUR CONSTITUENTS ARE BRAIN DEAD OR THEY JUST MIGHT NOT VOTE FOR YOU NEXT TIME AROUND!

    July 20, 2011 12:53 pm at 12:53 pm |
  22. GI Joe

    It amazes me - they think gov't is bad, yet they want to BE the gov't.

    July 20, 2011 12:54 pm at 12:54 pm |
  23. vic , nashville ,tn

    RNC must fix their problems first

    Party is divided, 2010 victory is nothing compare to pervious elections (GOP candidates got more votes than tea party candidates)

    Obama gave most of stimulus to states what happen to those funds seniors raising many questions (don’t mess with senior’s Medicare)

    Congress approval rating may hit single digit

    Local Gop leaders struggling they can’t expand their base they told “ we won’t get 2010 platform every election year”

    July 20, 2011 12:58 pm at 12:58 pm |
  24. SOUTHERN HOTTIE

    Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz: 1
    Reince Priebus: 0

    July 20, 2011 01:00 pm at 1:00 pm |
  25. fayse

    Because of the mess that the Congress has created, I urge every voter to reject all Republican incumbents in the House and the Senate. Starting with anyone connected to the tea party. If Americans stand up and reject this type of "leadership" at each and every election eventually they will get the message. They are supposed to be representing us, not special interest groups.

    July 20, 2011 01:00 pm at 1:00 pm |
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