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Paul Ryan on record-breaking fundraising pace, big 2016 boost to House GOP

Speaker of the House Paul Ryan, R-Wis., has quickly won over GOP donors. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

Doubts about rookie House Speaker Paul Ryan's ability to advance a new GOP agenda and woo donors have been swept aside with his swift move to rewrite the Republican agenda and domination of fundraising.

Supporters are responding to his quick efforts to challenge President Obama and offer the 2016 Republican ticket key issues to run on with donations surpassing the staggering amount former House Speaker John Boehner collected.

Consider: In 2015, Boehner transferred a whopping $8 million from his accounts to the National Republican Congressional Committee, the group that helps House Republicans run elections. House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy ponied up about $4 million.


In just the first 90 days of Ryan's speakership, his political operation, Team Ryan, has transferred an eye-popping $6.6 million to the committee, with a lot more expected.

In January alone, the Wisconsin lawmaker shipped $2.5 million to the committee, nearly topping the $2.6 million Boehner sent to the campaign shop in the first three months of 2015, a show of fundraising force few saw coming.

And in December, Ryan's transfer of $2.5 million was an off-year monthly record for any speaker.

"People are excited," a Ryan ally said.

"Witnessing the way donors around the country have responded to Paul Ryan as speaker of the House has been a true testament to who he is and what he represents," said Spencer Zwick, national finance chairman of Team Ryan.

Highlights of Ryan's fundraising efforts so far for Team Ryan, created October 29th when he became speaker:

-- Team Ryan raised over $5.3 million in 2015 Q4. It transferred $4.1 million to the NRCC in 2015, including a recent $2.5 million transfer in December alone.

-- Ryan for Congress raised $1.7 million in 2015 Q4, and has $5.3 million cash on hand, among the highest of any member of Congress. His reelection organization transferred $500,000 to the NRCC two days after becoming speaker.

-- He has raised over $170,000 for the NRCC via digital mail and online solicitations.

-- He has appeared at fundraising events for several House Republicans, including Elise Stefanik of New York, Florida's Carlos Curbelo, Barbara Comstock of Northern Virginia, raising over $192,000 for House candidates' reelection efforts.

Paul Bedard, the Washington Examiner's "Washington Secrets" columnist, can be contacted at pbedard@washingtonexaminer.com.