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John Boehner Has Spent Everything in the DOMA Defense Budget

How much more will American taxpayers have to pay to defend anti-gay discrimination?

The Washington Blade reports:

John_boehnerOn Tuesday, Democrats on the Committee on House Administration made public a report stating the House Bipartisan Legal Advisory Group — which took up defense of DOMA after the Obama administration announced it would no longer defend the law in court — has reached expenses totaling out to $1,447,996.73 over the course of fiscal years 2011 and 2012.

That’s just shy of the $1.5 million cost cap that House Republicans set last year to pay private attorney Paul Clement, a former U.S. solicitor general under the Bush administration, to defend DOMA. Thus far, Clement has lost in five federal courts against lawsuits challenging the constitutionality of DOMA — most notably after U.S. First Circuit Court of Appeals became the first appellate court to strike down the law.

Still, they lose case after case.

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  1. Boehner and the many others like him will fervently fight for DOMA even when it's long dead.

    Posted by: Mark A | Oct 16, 2012 8:36:35 PM


  2. Oh, yeah -- and these losers call themselves fiscal conservatives. No spending for schools or public safety or roads, etc. etc. ... but thousands and thousands of dollars to keep loving and committed couples from being married. I look forward to the day when they are viewed with the same disdain as Joseph McCarthy and other dead political haters of the past.

    Posted by: kit | Oct 16, 2012 9:05:08 PM


  3. Mission accomplished. $1,447,996.73 taxpayer monies paid out to Paul Clement.

    Posted by: jleo71 | Oct 16, 2012 9:40:03 PM


  4. Can I have some of that money? Would love to have that go towards my student loans rather than this bull.

    Posted by: Chris | Oct 16, 2012 9:52:56 PM


  5. In all how many DOMA suits did BLAG defend in courts ? Did they lose 5/5 ?

    Posted by: Malaysian Ho | Oct 16, 2012 10:35:30 PM


  6. The GRUBS (Gay Republicans) must be proud of this fiscally conservative Republican Party wasting so much taxpayer money.

    Posted by: Icebloo | Oct 17, 2012 12:50:28 AM


  7. They spent $1.44 million and have nothing to show for it? Great use of public resources! Too bad it wasn't a loan that we could earn interest on until they pay it back!

    Posted by: Garst | Oct 17, 2012 1:44:25 AM


  8. @Kit You might be surprised (as I was) to learn McCarthy isn't the rightfully reviled sorry excuse for a human being that he was, on the right side of the aisle. The right in this country never accepts that it was wrong, despite being firmly on the wrong side of everything. They just keep doubling down.

    Posted by: Rawn | Oct 17, 2012 2:16:25 AM


  9. @Rawn -- Figures. At first, I was surprised, but on further reflection, nothing about the right doubling down on hate surprises me any more.

    Posted by: kit | Oct 17, 2012 8:20:29 AM


  10. Whether or not, the law is appropriate, I do see the
    Validity of people arguing that the President until a law is changed or overturned, he has sworn by oath to uphold it. Yes he can say he won't defend it, but how about tackling repealing it.

    Posted by: G | Oct 17, 2012 9:05:35 AM


  11. @G: Absolutely not. POTUS swears to uphold the CONSTITUTION. Therefore, he may choose not to support in court laws he deems unconstitutional. The first president to claim this authority was Thomas Jefferson. Unfortunately for Faux News, so did Bush II.

    http://mediamatters.org/research/2011/02/25/a-form-of-dictatorship-conservative-media-dubio/176920

    Posted by: Diogenes Arktos | Oct 17, 2012 9:53:35 AM


  12. There he is, John Boehner: R. Clarke Cooper's dream sugar daddy. Gets those LogCabinettes panties just-a-twitchin', yes he does!

    Posted by: jamal49 | Oct 17, 2012 10:28:08 AM


  13. What a tragic waste of time and resources, another way of diverting public attention from issues that are really important, like global warming. Boner and the Log Cabin Cabal are simply tools of the "christian" oligarchy, and should be tarred and feathered.

    Posted by: Onnyjay | Oct 17, 2012 3:09:09 PM


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