Defectors in Speaker vote took campaign cash from Boehner

BoehnerJohn BoehnerTop Lobbyists 2016: Hired Guns The Hill's 12:30 Report Rep. Meadows to run for Freedom Caucus chairman 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 CantorVA Dems jockey for Kaine's seat High anxiety for GOP Webb: Broken trust, broken party MORE (R-Va.) as Speaker — Rep. Steve Pearce (R-N.M.) and two freshmen, Reps. Jim BridenstineJim BridenstineConservatives backing Trump keep focus on Supreme Court Trump hints that Ryan is part of 'sinister deal' The Hill's 12:30 Report MORE (R-Okla.) and Ted YohoTed YohoThe Trail 2016: Sinister plot GOP rep incorrectly says 2005 Trump remarks made 'in a locker room' House votes to restrict delisting state sponsors of terrorism 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 AmashLawmakers press Lynch for briefing on Yahoo secret email scanning reports House Freedom Caucus member slows floor business House votes to block Gitmo transfers 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 calls Clinton 'mentally impaired' GOP rep: Trump ‘courageous’ for giving Cruz speech GOP bill would block undocumenteds from military service 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 MathesonLobbying world House Dem donated K to freshman GOP lawmaker An election of choices MORE (D-Utah).