By Julian Pecquet - 08/19/13 09:46 PM EDT
Speaker John BoehnerJohn BoehnerNew Trump campaign boss took shots at Ryan on radio show Election reveals Paul Ryan to be worst speaker in U.S. history Getting rid of ObamaCare means getting rid of Hillary MORE (R-Ohio) and other House Republicans are coming under increasing pressure to create a special investigative panel ahead of the one-year anniversary of the terror attacks in Benghazi, Libya.
“If 4 Members of Congress were KILLED in Benghazi would we have a Watergate-style Select Committee today?” ask the billboards, which feature photos of Boehner, House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.), Senate Majority Leader Harry ReidHarry ReidKoch network hits Clinton for the first time The Trail 2016: Focus on the Foundation Dear Cory Booker: How's that 'Camden Rising' thing working out? MORE (D-Nev.) and Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnellMitch McConnellGiffords-backed gun control group endorses Toomey, Kirk Republicans say party can’t afford to cut ties to Trump McConnell calls for ObamaCare money to be used for Zika MORE (R-Ky.). “Demand Justice for Benghazi.”
The billboards, sponsored by Special Operations Speaks, call on lawmakers to sign a discharge petition forcing a vote on legislation from Rep. Frank WolfFrank WolfBenghazi Report and Hillary: What it means for Philadelphia Lobbying World Overnight Regulation: Supreme Court rejects GOP redistricting challenge MORE (R-Va.) that would create a select committee.
Boehner is the main obstacle to the legislation, which would take power away from the lawmakers he has placed at the helm of committees with oversight over the State Department and U.S. foreign policy.
Special Operations Speaks this month also called on its supporters to question lawmakers on camera during their summer town-hall meetings about whether they support a discharge petition from 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) that bucks Boehner and forces a vote on Wolf's bill.
“Get some video,” Special Operations Speaks said on Facebook. “We don't care if they walk away, say no — as long as they do in on camera. Cell phone video works.” The group's Facebook page has received more than 200,000 “likes.”
A spokesman for Special Operations Speaks told The Hill that it welcomes cash donations and in-kind contributions of ad space in any district, but that “the strategy is to go after Republicans first.”
Even ostensible GOP allies on Benghazi have been targeted for criticism.
When Rep. Adam Kinzinger (R-Ill.) told Fox News last week that then-Secretary of State Hillary ClintonHillary Rodham ClintonGary Johnson accuses Clinton of 'pay-to-play' tactics Carson: 'Elderly' candidates Trump and Clinton should disclose full medical histories Clinton aide: AP cherry picked meetings in 'outrageous' report MORE lied about Benghazi during a closed-door meeting with lawmakers, the group called him out for his reluctance to join Stockman.
“RepKinzinger getting headlines for outing HillaryClinton screaming fit,” Special Operations Speaks tweeted Friday. “Why hasn't he signed the DischargePetition.”
Separately, the group Patriots4America will commemorate the attack on the U.S. mission that killed Ambassador Christopher Stevens and three other Americans on Sept. 11 starting at 12:30 p.m. on the west lawn of the Capitol.
Confirmed event speakers include 2012 Nevada Senate candidate Sharron Angle (R), Utah congressional candidate Craig Bowden (R) and Louisiana Senate candidate Rob Maness (R).
Meanwhile, a State Department source tells The Hill the agency is split between those who want to commemorate the Benghazi tragedy and those who are wary of further politicizing it.
Vice President Biden and Secretary of State John KerryJohn KerryTop Republican presses Kerry for Iran 'ransom' details US to provide 8M in aid to South Sudan amid humanitarian crisis Trump effect spills into Pennsylvania Senate race MORE paid tribute to the Benghazi victims at an American Foreign Service Association Memorial Plaque Ceremony during this year's Foreign Affairs Day, on May 3.