Ever since the Republican leadership appointed Rep. Trey Gowdy to head up a special committee on the Benghazi attacks, the former prosecutor has been arguing with the National Republican Congressional Committee's plans to fundraise off of it.
Gowdy is a true believer in his cause, and he's reportedly kind of uncomfortable with the idea that his committee will be used politically to help the Republican Party get a lot of cash during a midterm election year. On Wednesday, the congressman told MSNBC that "I have never sought to raise a single penny on the backs of four murdered Americans," just a half an hour after the NRCC sent out an email doing just that, as the Huffington Post noticed. "A new Select Committee headed by South Carolina Congressman Trey Gowdy and appointed with special powers by Speaker John Boehner will begin a thorough investigation of what happened that night," the email read. It then invited readers to become a "benghazi watchdog" by donating to the NRCC. The email linked to the following page:
Gowdy then called on the NRCC to stop fundraising off of his work, saying that "I cannot and will not raise money on Benghazi," adding to CNN that, "I also advise my colleagues to follow suit."
This is an admirable, human response to the awkwardness of fundraising off of tragedy. But we're a little surprised that Gowdy didn't see it coming enough to draw this line in the sand. Aside from the fact that his big show committee is impeccably timed to help Republican efforts to get an even stronger grip on Congress, Republicans have apparently been campaigning and fundraising off of the Benghazi attacks since November of 2012, or two months after the attacks.