Rep. Paul Broun
Rep. Paul Broun

Allen West Forms Joint Fundraising Committee With Fellow Commie-Baiting Ideologue Paul Broun

The Allen West national fundraising machine got a new arm yesterday, when the South Florida congressman filed forms with the Federal Election Commission to form a joint fundraising committee with Georgia Rep. Paul Broun.

The "Broun-West Committee" was listed on a revised statement of candidacy from West yesterday and formed a fundraising alliance with one of the only members of Congress whose statements are more off-the-wall than West's. To give you a hint of what Broun's all about:

"Barack Obama is a Marxist president," he said at a Tea Party rally in March. "America is on the edge of a precipice staring down into a chasm of socialism. What are we going to do? Are we going to step off or jump off? Or will we turn around and walk up the hill of liberty?"

The hill of liberty. Broun and West are two peas in a pod. But Broun is much wackier than just meaningless patriotic rhetoric -- he's a medical doctor who doesn't believe in evolution, for example, so be careful when it comes time to treat your drug-resistant bacterial infection, because he thinks it just popped up out of a puddle or something.

There's also the time Broun said Obama may have purposefully botched the cleanup of the BP Gulf oil spill to further his energy agenda and the time Broun told the John Birch Society that corporate and dividend taxes should be lowered to zero and the time, after Obama was elected, that he said, "You have to remember that Adolf Hitler was elected in a democratic Germany."

And when politicians were fighting last year about whether to raise the debt ceiling? Broun introduced a bill to lower it.

It's unclear what this fundraising partnership will mean -- maybe nothing, but the paperwork allows the Athens, Georgia-based committee to collect funds on West's behalf, and it at the least signals an alliance between West and Broun. Technically, though, Broun hasn't filed any paperwork about the committee, so it's possible that West's new committee is with a different Broun that happens to share the same address as Paul Broun's treasurer.

West has three other committees to which he's a joint fundraising representative: in Arizona, North Carolina, and Virginia. He's raised money from all 50 states totaling more than $7.6 million, more than every other member of the House except Speaker John Boehner and Minnesota Rep. Michele Bachmann.

We'll keep an eye on Georgia next time financial documents are due, but significantly more than half of West's itemized contributions are already coming from outside of Florida anyway; now he's just got the help of a guy who tweets things about socialism during the State of the Union. Here's the new form, so you know I'm not fibbing:


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