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

RNC cancels Breitbart fundraiser

[cnn-photo-caption image= caption="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. A child of GOD and an American

    What is going on in this country that would encourage a person to do what he did to Shirley Sherrod? What makes a person in this country constantly tear down Pres. Obama or other people of color? What makes them hate their fellow man? How sad, I guess we just have to pray for these people. This is not what the God I serve teaches. Oh, maybe these sad, unhappy, insecure people find it difficult to believe in a higher power. Maybe these people should read Psalm 27 in the bible. God don't love ugly. You reap what you sow, payback is TOUGH.

    August 1, 2010 06:51 pm at 6:51 pm |
  2. Brendan H., San Antonio, TX

    The RNC involved in character assassination? You're kidding?!?!?!

    Insert here:

    Senator Edmund Muskie and the infamous "Canuck Letter", which was released as Muskie's lead over Nixon was growing in 1972, or

    Senator John McCain and the infamous – "Did you know he fathered a Black child" phone calls to South Carolina primary voters in 2000 in reference to the Asian daughter he and his wife adopted?

    The RNC dosn't give a hoot about the issues, just the complete destruction of the opponent – period!!!

    August 1, 2010 06:54 pm at 6:54 pm |
  3. Purnell

    The Republicans have a problem with this guy? Seems to fit right in as near as I can tell.

    August 1, 2010 06:54 pm at 6:54 pm |
  4. Mr. Wilson

    This and Steele's cancellation of his NABJ appearance. This dude is batting 1000.

    August 1, 2010 06:57 pm at 6:57 pm |
  5. SteveR

    Breitbart actually is still calling himself a journalist?? Wow standards have changed we used to call people who did what he did LIARS

    August 1, 2010 06:59 pm at 6:59 pm |
  6. works for me

    RNC... for the Party... only the Party

    August 1, 2010 07:04 pm at 7:04 pm |
  7. Jeff in TX

    Good. Get this cheeseball in the wallet. That'll teach him a lesson.

    August 1, 2010 07:08 pm at 7:08 pm |
  8. Rick

    This guy is a real scumbag.

    August 1, 2010 07:09 pm at 7:09 pm |
  9. Cato

    WOW...when you have gone so far over a line that the REPUBLICAN NATIONAL COMMITTEE backs have REALLY CROSSED A LINE!!

    August 1, 2010 07:10 pm at 7:10 pm |
  10. Sue. B

    The Republican Tea Party is a big failure.

    August 1, 2010 07:14 pm at 7:14 pm |
  11. John

    I hope this guy goes to jail. You cannot just malign someone and get away with it.

    August 1, 2010 07:19 pm at 7:19 pm |
  12. Nadeem

    Took em long enough. To not admit the real reason for canceling the event is a true sign of cowardice.

    August 1, 2010 07:27 pm at 7:27 pm |
  13. ruty

    RNC you deserve this guy. He is just like your lying party.

    August 1, 2010 07:36 pm at 7:36 pm |
  14. Time to setup legal fund

    for this loser. Sue him Shirley Sherrod!

    August 1, 2010 07:42 pm at 7:42 pm |
  15. Seth B

    She NEEDS to sue him and so does Acorn as he did the same video doctoring with Acorn.

    August 1, 2010 07:47 pm at 7:47 pm |
  16. Larry

    What's up with this?

    I thought the RNC idolized garbage like Breitbart.

    August 1, 2010 07:50 pm at 7:50 pm |
  17. yoyolite

    Breitbart now is a blight on the RNC party. They are trying to distance themselves from this loser. Shirley Sherrod should not onlysue Breitbart but Fox News also.

    August 1, 2010 07:59 pm at 7:59 pm |
  18. panterazero

    no, actually, RNC doesn't know whether they can raise more money from their moderates or their extremists, but they do know that any tactic likely to satisfy one will alienate the other. This kind of floundering is irrefutable evidence that the Republican base is shrinking rapidly.

    August 1, 2010 08:12 pm at 8:12 pm |
  19. mikeinGSO

    I see they're casting him aside just like they are the Tea party. As soon as you are no use to them or become a political liability they are done with you. You will not see Bright-boy anywhere else. He burned Fox with Acorn and now with Sherrod, he is toast. And so with the political wind at their back the Republicans are poised to snatch defeat from the jaws of the victory. November will be the most epic fail in political history. I guess that woll be Obama's fault too.

    August 1, 2010 08:16 pm at 8:16 pm |
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