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Boehner rips right for raising money by ‘just beating the dickens out of me’

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Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) is blaming conservative groups in Washington for turning him into a human pinata to raise money.

In an interview to air on Sunday’s “60 Minutes” on CBS, Boehner said he doesn’t disagree that much with conservatives on policy, but that the groups beat “the dickens out of me” in order to line their own pockets.

{mosads}”The issue with the Tea Party isn’t one of strategy. It’s not one of different vision,” Boehner said, according to excerpts released by CBS.

“It’s a disagreement over tactics, from time to time. Frankly, a lot is being driven by national groups here in Washington who have raised money and just beating the dickens out of me,” Boehner said in the joint interview with Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.).

“It works. They raise money, put it in their pocket, and pay themselves big salaries,” Boehner added. 

Boehner has faced his share of rebellions from conservative members. This year, he had to contend with a brief attempt to oust him as Speaker. Members in the right wing of the party frequently say he is too lenient on the Obama administration. In the CBS interview, Boehner said his “voting record is as conservative as anybody here.” 

In recent days, conservative lawmakers have criticized House leadership because they believe Boehner and others have backed down from confronting the administration over the president’s executive order on immigration. 

Boehner has hit at conservative groups before, criticizing the Heritage Foundation and Club for Growth in 2013 after they opposed a bipartisan budget deal from Rep. Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) and Sen. Patty Murray (D-Wash.).

“Frankly, I just think they’ve lost all credibility,” he said at the time. “I don’t care what they do.”

This story was updated at 5:30 p.m.

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