House Minority Leader John Boehner gave more than $2,000 than previously reported to Rich Iott, the Ohio Republican Congressional candidate who fell out of the GOP's good graces after being photographed dressing up as a Nazi officer during World War II re-enactments.
New campaign filings show that Friends of John Boehner, the Minority Leader's campaign committee, made a $2,000 donation to Iott for Congress 2010 on October 5, 2010. Previously, it had been reported that Boehner's political action committee, Freedom Project, had given $5,000 to Iott on September 22.
When pictures of Iott dressed up as an SS officer emerged on October 8, various members of the Republican Party, including those in House leadership, sought to distance themselves from the candidate. Rep. Eric Cantor (R-Va.), the lone Jewish Republican in the House, said he could not condone the act of donning Nazi garb, which Iott said was done out of historical interest.
Boehner was pressed by Democratic officials to ask for his donation to be rescinded. But a spokesman for the PAC, Don Seymour, declined to go along with that request.