House Minority Leader John Boehner's political action committee gave $5,000 to Rich Iott, the Ohio Republican candidate who has dressed up as a Nazi officer during World War II re-enactments.
The contribution from Boehner's Freedom Project to fellow Buckeye Iott was recorded on Sept. 22, according to a quarterly report Iott filed with the Federal Election Commission on Wednesday.
Democrats criticized Boehner and called on him to apologize for the donation to Iott.
"For the past week, John Boehner has chosen to remain silent about his embrace of this Nazi enthusiast running for congress, now we know why, it turns out he was financing his congressional bid," said Ryan Rudominer, a spokesman for the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee. "... John Boehner must apologize immediately to the American people especially to our veterans, to women, and to those of the Jewish faith for recruiting all these extremists and fatally flawed candidates."
Boehner was the only lawmaker to give to Iott in the quarter.