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How Conservatives Use Benghazi 'Conspiracy' for Fundraising

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Conservatives and Republicans continue to insist that the Obama administration is hiding something about the terrorist attack that occurred in Benghazi, Libya back in 2012.

The latest conspiracy theory centers around an email written by White House aide Ben Rhodes that includes some Benghazi talking points for U.S. Ambassador Susan Rice. Right wing politicians and Fox News have jumped on that email because only the CIA was supposed to write talking points, not the Obama White House.

Mother Jones debunked this conspiracy by noting that Rhodes' email was written at least 9 hours after the CIA had released its talking points, which were included in Rhodes' email.

Ignoring the facts, the Republican National Committee is asking for financial donations on its website: "Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama lied about the Benghazi attacks to protect their political future. Join our fight to stop the liberals’ lies: contribute to the GOP right now."

The National Republican Senatorial Committee states on its website: "Americans deserve the truth about Benghazi and it's clear Democrats will not give it to them. Donate today and elect a Republican Senate majority."

Not to be outdone, the National Republican Congressional Committee proclaims on its website: "You're now a Benghazi Watchdog. Let's go after Obama & Hillary Clinton. Help us fight them now."

MediaMatters.org notes that Fox News host Mike Huckabee recently sent an email to supporters that stated: "Benghazi, Benghazi, Benghazi" and said Hillary Clinton "has some explaining to do" and Obama was responsible for "subsequent lies and cover-ups."

Probably no one raises more money off conspiracies better than the right wing American Center for Law and Justice (ACLJ), which also has a weekday radio show hosted by former Bush crony Jay Sekulow.

The ACLJ website states: "Demand the Truth – Demand Answers on Benghazi The Obama Administration has not given the American people the truth about Benghazi. Congress is forming a select committee to get to the bottom of this foreign policy disaster and get answers. We’re working with Members of Congress to get the truth. Stand with us with your tax-deductible donation today."

Of course, none of the fundraising schemes ever mention any actual facts, just outraged quotes by conservatives in the media, fear-mongering and character assassination.

Sources: MediaMatters.org, National Republican Congressional Committee, National Republican Senatorial Committee, Republican National Committee, Mother Jones, ACLJ

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