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House Democrats call on Republicans to return Marjorie Taylor Greene donation

House Democrats call on Republicans to return Marjorie Taylor Greene donation
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House Democrats are calling on the National Republican Congressional Committee (NRCC) and GOP leaders to return funds raised by Rep. Marjorie Taylor GreeneMarjorie Taylor GreeneThe Memo: What now for anti-Trump Republicans? Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene says she's meeting with Trump 'soon' in Florida QAnon site shutters after reports identifying developer MORE (R-Ga.) following a reported attempt by her office to begin an "America First Caucus" that would focus on "Anglo-Saxon" political values. 

"While they continue to dodge questions about Greene’s racist platform, the NRCC has refused to return the $175,000 in campaign cash Greene funneled into their coffers," the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee (DCCC) said in a statement. 

The Hill reported this week Greene's since-scrapped plan for a new caucus has caused headaches for Republican House leadership. 

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“This is a modern, decaf version of the KKK — a group designed to elevate one race and ethnicity by diminishing all others. It should be summarily dismissed and condemned,” former Rep. Carlos Curbelo (R-Fla.) said. 

Greene has emerged this year as among the most prolific fundraisers for House Republicans, raking in $3.2 million in the first quarter, despite being stripped of her committee seats, the Hill reported. 

"America is a nation with a border, and a culture, strengthened by a common respect for uniquely Anglo-Saxon political traditions," the America First Caucus platform reads. "History has shown that societal trust and political unity are threatened when foreign citizens are imported en-masse into a country, particularly without institutional support for assimilation and an expansive welfare state to bail them out should they fail to contribute positively to the country." 

A GOP strategist who works on House campaigns told the Hill the idea for the far-right caucus “is complete bullshit and a huge distraction” and "undermines the bigger and more important story here, that there is strong diversity within the Republican Party." 

In responding to the demand it give back the money Greene has raised for the party, the NRCC pointed to the DCCC's support for Rep. Maxine WatersMaxine Moore WatersJuan Williams: Tim Scott should become a Democrat The Hill's Morning Report - Biden address to Congress will dominate busy week Maxine Waters: Judge in Chauvin trial who criticized her was 'angry' MORE (D-Calif.), who sparked backlash over the weekend with comments on the Derek Chauvin murder trial. 

"Let us know when the @dccc donates the $1.5 million they’ve taken from @maxinewaters to minority-owned businesses destroyed by the riots she's encouraged," the NRCC said in a tweet on Tuesday.