Wisconsin Rep. Paul Ryan (R) contributed to New York Republican Jane Corwin's special-election campaign.
The House Budget Committee chairman's political action committee, Prosperity PAC, sent a fundraising email on Corwin's behalf earlier this month and subsequently donated $2,500 to her effort on May 13 and again on May 16, records show. Ryan's PAC appeared on Corwin's donor rolls even though his controversial Medicare reform plan has been the No. 1 issue in the race.
Other House members also opened their checkbooks in the 26th district special election.
Corwin received large contributions from the House GOP leadership. Speaker John Boeher (Ohio), Majority Leader Eric Cantor (Va.), Majority Whip Kevin McCarthy (Calif.) and National Republican Congressional Committee (NRCC) Chairman Pete Sessions (Texas) each gave Corwin's camp $5,000 through PACs.
Texas Rep. Louie Gohmert (R) gave Corwin $2,000 and Rep. Nan Hayworth (R-N.Y.) gave her $500, according to FEC records.
Meanwhile, Democrat Kathy Hochul has received $5,000 contributions from the leadership PACs of House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.), House Minority Whip Steny Hoyer (D-Md.) and Sen. Charles Schumer (D-N.Y.).
She also received $4,000 from the campaign committee of Rep. Brian Higgins (D-N.Y.) and $3,000 from the PAC of Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee (DCCC) Chairman Steve Israel (N.Y.).
Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand (D-N.Y.) gave Hochul $1,000 through her PAC, as did Colorado Rep. Jared Polis, who serves as co-chairman of the DCCC's candidate-assistance program, according to FEC reports and research by the Center for Responsive Politics (CRP). Pennsylvania Rep. Allyson Schwartz, who leads member and candidate services at the DCCC, also gave Hochul $1,000, as did New York Reps. Eliot Engel (D) and Paul Tonko (D).
The CRP has more details on the millions spent in the special election and how it compares to other races.
- Only nine House races saw candidates themselves raise more hard money in the 2010 cycle than has been raised by three candidates in NY-26 this spring.
- Corwin has reported $3,268,660 in receipts — with 84 percent of that sum being her own personal funds.
- Hochul has reported $1,067,579 in receipts — with 23 percent of that sum being her own personal funds.
- Republican-turned-Democrat-turned-Tea Party candidate Jack Davis has reported $2,666,820 in receipts — with 100 percent of that sum being his own personal funds.
- Fifteen outside groups have spent $2,285,701 in NY-26, with conservative groups accounting for 60 percent of that sum and liberal ones accounting for 40 percent. American Crossroads and the NRCC alone spent more than $1 million. Only 54 House races saw more spending by outside groups last cycle.
--Update: An earlier version of this post reported incorrectly that Rep. Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) had not donated to Jane Corwin.