House Speaker Paul Ryan's nationwide campaign for a pro-growth agenda is already bearing fruits for his team.
Mixed in with policy stops to push for growth and tax reform, he has been hosting fundraisers for members and raising so much money that he gave $2 million in August to the National Republican Congressional Committee -- more than twice what the GOP fundraising operation took in last month.
It's no longer news that the Wisconsin lawmaker is breaking fundraising records, but his consistency is eye-popping to GOP officials as is his dedication to stay on the road week after week -- even during recesses.
This year, he has been to 28 states and 56 cities for House members and his own fundraising operation, Team Ryan.
And that doesn't include weekends, which he saves for his family back home.
"Paul Ryan is focused on getting things done and supporting his House Republican colleagues," said Kevin Seifert, Ryan's political advisor and executive director of Team Ryan. "He appreciates the continued support he has received in both these endeavors and will continue to do whatever it takes to move our country forward," he added.
The money and PR campaign from Ryan are expected to be key to the GOP keeping control of the House in next year's elections. Some polls suggest a close race.
Some numbers for Ryan from this year:
- Ryan's political entities sent $2 million to the NRCC in August.
- Over eight months, he has raised for or transferred to, the NRCC over $29 million.
- $25.3 million to NRCC came in direct cash transfers.
- $3.95 million more was raised from Ryan signed mail and emails.
- Ryan has checks to 167 members' campaign accounts totaling $1.541 million. The funds came from Prosperity Action PAC and Ryan for Congress.
- He has appeared as a "special guest" at 34 events for members, bringing in $4.12 million in contributions for them.
Paul Bedard, the Washington Examiner's "Washington Secrets" columnist, can be contacted at firstname.lastname@example.org