Defectors in Speaker vote took campaign cash from Boehner

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BoehnerJohn BoehnerRyan: Benghazi report shows administration's failures Clinton can't escape Benghazi responsibility If 'bipartisanship' is now a dirty word, how about a rebranding? MORE is known for his fundraising prowess, and it is common for party leadership to donate to a large swath of the caucus. He doled out a total of $1.6 million to 194 Republican House candidates this election cycle, not including the money he raised for the party committees and his super-PAC. 

House Republicans reelected Boehner as Speaker on Thursday with 220 votes. Boehner suffered 12 defections — a contrast to 2011, when he was was backed unanimously by the Republican Conference.

Two of the members who abstained from voting for Speaker —  Reps. Raúl Labrador (R-Idaho) and Mick Mulvaney (S.C.) — received $10,000 each from the Speaker.

Another member who voted “present,” freshman Rep. Steve StockmanSteve StockmanCruz will skip State of the Union Ethics: Lawmakers didn’t ‘knowingly’ break rules with Azerbaijan gifts Lawmakers deny knowledge of secret funding for 2013 trip MORE (R-Texas), received $5,000 in campaign help from Boehner. Stockman said he opposed Boehner’s Speakership bid because of his handling of House conservatives and the “fiscal cliff” deal.

The three House Republicans who voted for Majority Leader Eric CantorEric CantorLobbying world The Trail 2016: 11 hours, 800 pages, 0 changed minds Juan Williams: The capitulation of Paul Ryan MORE (R-Va.) as Speaker — Rep. Steve Pearce (R-N.M.) and two freshmen, Reps. Jim BridenstineJim BridenstineLawmakers turned over gifts after secretly funded trip to Azerbaijan Republicans blast Pentagon energy programs Louie Gohmert faces his biggest challenge MORE (R-Okla.) and Ted YohoTed YohoClash in GOP over Zika funding Standoff in GOP over Zika funding A 'zero-for-zero' approach on sugar will lead to a freer market MORE (R-Fla.) — also received $5,000 each from Boehner.

Five of the other House Republicans who voted against Boehner received nothing from his political action committee, including three members who were stripped of committee assignments last month for bucking leadership — Reps. Justin AmashJustin AmashTrump muddies GOP message on protecting the Constitution Libertarian looks for anti-Trump bump The Hill's 12:30 Report MORE (Mich.), Tim Huelskamp (Kan.) and Walter Jones (N.C.). 

Huelskamp ran unopposed this election cycle. 

Reps. Paul BrounPaul BrounCalifornia lawmaker's chief of staff resigns after indictment Republican candidates run against ghost of John Boehner The Trail 2016: Let’s have another debate! MORE (R-Ga.) and Louie GohmertLouie GohmertGOP rep: Democrats trying to 'take away people’s civil rights' House gun control sit-in stretches into second day GOP rep confronts sit-in Dems in fiery exchange MORE (R-Texas) also didn’t receive money from Boehner. In 2012, Broun ran unopposed, while Gohmert won reelection with 70 percent of the vote.

On the Democratic side, Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) faced five defections. Her leadership PAC donated to only one of those members, giving $10,000 to Blue Dog Rep. Jim MathesonJim MathesonDems target Mia Love in must-win Utah House race Overnight Energy: Justices reject new challenge to air pollution rule Former Rep. Matheson to take reins of energy group MORE (D-Utah).

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