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Who knew a government shutdown could be so good for business?

If you belong to a political emailing list, chances are you’ve gotten a billion messages like these. Both sides of the aisle are using the Affordable Care Act, more affectionately/disparagingly known as Obamacare, to rake in heaps of dough.

Exhibit A (above): The Koch brothers-led Americans for Prosperity — a conservative dark money group — is using the bill to stir up support for a three-pronged canvassing session just outside of the beltway in Northern Virginia. The e-mail urges supporters to join a door-to-door canvassing effort aimed at the healthcare overhaul, medicaid expansion and Democratic hopeful for Virginia governor, Terry McAuliffe.

In a fundraising countermove, Organizing for America — the President’s own dark money operation — sent out a similar e-mail urging supporters to let your voice be heard. Of course, clicking the helpful the link to “Add your voice” directs you to a web page asking for contributions from $15 to $1,000. also had their voice heard, sending out a more modest ask - “Chip in $3 or more to support Democrats who are standing up for Obamacare.”


Of course Ted Cruz, who held a ‘fauxlibuster’ on the Senate floor for more than 21 hours, is cashing in on his colossal, rambling confabulation - which included reading ‘Green Eggs and Ham’ by Dr. Seuss. Deal with that, Democrats.

But Cruz isn’t alone, Rep. Phil Roe, R-Tenn., is hoping to capitalize on the furor over the controversial healthcare bill with a fundraising breakfast this Thursday.

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Party Time has obtained an invitation for the bash, which will benefit the Healthcare Freedom Fund —Roe’s “new” leadership PAC which was established “to help elect federal candidates seeking office to add to the debate here in Congress to establish healthcare freedom and reform,” according to the invite. Though, “new” may be a stretch as FEC filings show that HFF first registered with the commission in Sept. 2012.

The veteran and former doctor is asking for contributions from $250 to $1,000 for attendees of the party, which also features Rep. Steve Scalise, R-La.

Who knew a potential government shutdown could be so good for business?

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