By Julian Pecquet - 08/19/13 09:46 PM EDT
Speaker John BoehnerJohn BoehnerClinton maps out first 100 days The Hill's 12:30 Report Boehner on Cruz: 'Lucifer is back' 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 ReidSuper-PAC targets Portman on trade Dem leader urges compromise on FCC set-top box plan Senate Dems introduce Iran sanctions extension MORE (D-Nev.) and Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnellMitch McConnellProgressive group changes tone on Kaine Trump hits Kaine on TPP: He supports a 'job killer' Clinton maps out first 100 days 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 ClintonDemocrats vote to overhaul superdelegate system Green candidate: Sanders should leave party that 'betrayed' him Clinton to call on Black Lives Matter at Dem convention 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 KerryPower restored at Turkish air base used in anti-ISIS fight Don't expect much of a post-convention bounce for Trump or Clinton Kerry: Power at Turkish air base to be restored shortly 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.