John Boehner may be off the stage but he’s far from gone

posted at 12:01 pm on February 1, 2016 by Jazz Shaw

We just learned over the weekend that the President is finally going to sit down for a meeting this week with Speaker Paul Ryan, three months after he took up the gavel. But what’s been going on with the guy who handed it over? After a seemingly life changing meeting with the Pope, John Boehner announced a fairly abrupt exit, leaving the battlefield for others slug it out through the 2016 elections. Or did he?

I don’t recall seeing him on television since before Christmas, but as Politico reports this week, Boehner has actually been keeping busy working on behalf of GOP congressional candidates.

John Boehner has faded behind the scenes since he resigned. Splitting his time between Ohio, D.C. and Florida, the former speaker has avoided television, been spotted periodically around Capitol Hill and downtown Washington and given private speeches to make money.

But Boehner is quietly beginning to rev up his post-speakership political operation, dishing money from his campaign coffers to the party and planning a swing of fundraisers this year to bolster the House GOP.

In December, two months after leaving the speakership, Boehner transferred $1.2 million to the National Republican Congressional Committee; that brought the total amount he funneled to the campaign arm in 2015 to a whopping $8 million.

Seeing Boehner transfer a cool million to the NRCC is no surprise at all. He’s out of office and presumably not planning on running for anything else, so the money has to go somewhere. He was always a prodigious fundraiser, not only for his own House campaigns, but for other candidates and the party in general. (Reports indicate that “Friends of John Boehner” still has more than one and a half million on hand.) But emptying the cupboards isn’t all that he’s up to. Rather than simply going home to Ohio and spending time with his family, the former Speaker is still out on the road. He recently did fundraisers for Elise Stefanik in New York and Carlos Curbelo in Florida. Other fundraisers are in the works moving forward.

It’s not just raising campaign donations for other Republicans taking up his time, though. Boehner has joined the paid speaking tour circuit, already lining up one lucrative gig in Las Vegas for a business convention. They aren’t listing his speaking fees yet, but while they might not be as much as Hillary Clinton pulled in, I expect that he won’t come cheap either. And why not? The guy is a private citizen now, and just as I’ve said about both Republicans and Democrats in the past, if people are willing to pay you to show up and deliver a lecture, get yours while the getting is good. (Of course, if you decide to come back into the game later, like Hillary Clinton has, be prepared to have those fees examined.)

After all the time that John Boehner spent on the political battlefield I’m not surprised if this is just too deeply embedded in his blood to completely walk away cold turkey. There’s a big election coming up and he never struck me as the type to stay on the sidelines. The guy can still generate a lot of money for a campaign and it keeps his hand in the game so I’m not going to begrudge him the chance to play.

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I could’ve gone the rest of my life without ever hearing John Boehner’s name mentioned again and been happy.

Bitter Clinger on February 1, 2016 at 12:07 PM

Making a sequel to “The Crying Game?”

PJ Emeritus on February 1, 2016 at 12:09 PM

Can we consider him “establishment”?

Pardonme on February 1, 2016 at 12:09 PM

What is “John’s Boner”?

Rix on February 1, 2016 at 12:09 PM

Weasel learned from the Clintoons that the time to score the loot for pushing legislation is after leaving office.

The payoffs for forcing Cromnibus upon the Serfs are shifting into gear.

viking01 on February 1, 2016 at 12:11 PM

He is gone, trust this.

Schadenfreude on February 1, 2016 at 12:13 PM

Weasel learned from the Clintoons that the time to score the loot for pushing legislation is after leaving office.

The payoffs for forcing Cromnibus upon the Serfs are shifting into gear.

viking01 on February 1, 2016 at 12:11 PM

Deferred bribery.

myiq2xu on February 1, 2016 at 12:18 PM

*gag*

bazil9 on February 1, 2016 at 12:20 PM

A crying drunk is no way to go through life…

d1carter on February 1, 2016 at 12:21 PM

Damn skippy I will never forget him! I’ll never forget how he took the gavel from Pelosi, then did jack shit with it. Establishment crybaby turncoat [email protected]

bernzright777 on February 1, 2016 at 12:23 PM

We knew he’d not go away, that he’d resuscitate himself in the GOPe K Street CONsultant and Lobbyist class.

Career Establishment politicians NEVER go away.

Which is the problem…

ConstantineXI on February 1, 2016 at 12:25 PM

The new one is much worse.

Schadenfreude on February 1, 2016 at 12:28 PM

Boner and every other GOPe pol. is an expert at raising money and gaming the system. That’s what they do.

they lie on February 1, 2016 at 12:32 PM

American aristocracy… what a country!

Neitherleftorright on February 1, 2016 at 12:32 PM

OK guys, I’m in the queue on Rush’s show. Gonna ask him about the Megyn Kelly comment the other day.

fossten on February 1, 2016 at 12:36 PM

Why doesn’t the guy just open up a Distillery, and
be done with it?

ToddPA on February 1, 2016 at 12:37 PM

Would someone please list the candidates this turncoat is supporting so I can send donations to their opponents.

Yankee Doodle on February 1, 2016 at 12:39 PM

OK guys, I’m in the queue on Rush’s show. Gonna ask him about the Megyn Kelly comment the other day.

fossten on February 1, 2016 at 12:36 PM

Let us know if you get through!

Doomberg on February 1, 2016 at 12:39 PM

Let us know if you get through!

Doomberg on February 1, 2016 at 12:39 PM

I DID get through. I’m waiting to go on.

fossten on February 1, 2016 at 12:40 PM

“He recently did fundraisers for Elise Stefanik in New York and Carlos Curbelo in Florida.”

I’ll be sure to not vote for Carlos Curbelo, should I have that option.

bazil9 on February 1, 2016 at 12:41 PM

I DID get through. I’m waiting to go on.

fossten on February 1, 2016 at 12:40 PM

Let us know if you get on.

Plus give transcript or paraphrase. :)

anotherJoe on February 1, 2016 at 12:44 PM

Let us know if you get on.

Plus give transcript or paraphrase. :)

anotherJoe on February 1, 2016 at 12:44 PM

Will do.

fossten on February 1, 2016 at 12:44 PM

Please start your own blog Jazz!

ConstantineXI on February 1, 2016 at 12:54 PM

I DID get through. I’m waiting to go on.

fossten on February 1, 2016 at 12:40 PM

Got my radio on 800 WVHU to listen :)

ConstantineXI on February 1, 2016 at 12:55 PM

The GOP’s condemnation of ‘sanctuary cities’ is surprisingly awkward in Iowa

This is from WAPO and is intended to sway Iowa voters to vote for a Democrat, but the information regarding the number of counties that qualify as ‘sancutaries’ for illegal aliens is accurate.

In Iowa, at least 26 of the state’s 99 counties are deemed sanctuaries — including some of the state’s most conservative.

The designation is an informal one, assigned by activists on both sides of the immigration debate. Governments are generally considered sanctuaries if local officials refuse to honor requests by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement to hold onto suspected illegal immigrants arrested on minor charges while fed­eral agents figure out their status.

What’s at stake? Federal funding. These ‘sanctuary’ counties could lose their federal funding for failure to hold illegal aliens for ICE if a president is elected who will enforce existing immigration law.

thatsafactjack on February 1, 2016 at 1:15 PM

A crying drunk is no way to go through life…

d1carter on February 1, 2016 at 12:21 PM

Damn! Did my wife tell you? *hic*

vnvet on February 1, 2016 at 1:18 PM

The comedy is the dupes that complain about JB and Ryan, then line up for Trump.

Just what do you think you are lining up for?

Moesart on February 1, 2016 at 1:25 PM

The guy is a private citizen now, and just as I’ve said about both Republicans and Democrats in the past, if people are willing to pay you to show up and deliver a lecture, get yours while the getting is good.

What a sad commentary that so many blithely accept rampant bribery and corruption of our politicians.

No one will be giving Boehner 6-figure sums to hear whatever pearls of wisdom might drop from his mouth. They are giving for the same reason Hillary made $200K a shot – to get political access and favors in Washington that tax payers will have to foot the bill for. Boehner gets $100K, the company that paid him gets $100 million in contracts, favorable legislation, etc. The fact that Boehner resigned doesn’t mean his lost his rolodex and a pile of favors that pols owe him.

Clark1 on February 1, 2016 at 1:33 PM

All he knows is government graft. What’s he supposed to do now that he’s out of government? Only thing he can do is teach others to graft as well.

besser tot als rot on February 1, 2016 at 3:33 PM

Be nice if Boehner would help apportion all that campaign cash to some candidate who he believes would actually, like, help the American people.

But, I’m sure it doesn’t work that way.

Dr. ZhivBlago on February 1, 2016 at 8:14 PM