Ryan transfers record $7M to House GOP's campaign arm in March

Ryan transfers record $7M to House GOP's campaign arm in March
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Speaker Paul RyanPaul Davis RyanPelosi: 'Thug' Putin not welcome in Congress Interior fast tracks study of drilling's Arctic impact: report Dems unveil slate of measures to ratchet up pressure on Russia MORE (R-Wis.) kept up his frantic fundraising pace in March, transferring $7 million to the House GOP’s campaign arm just as it gears up for four special elections this spring. 

The March figure, which a GOP source shared with The Hill, is a record for the 47-year-old Speaker. It brings Ryan’s total transfers to the National Republican Congressional Committee (NRCC) to $16.4 million for the first quarter of 2017. 

Of the $7 million March sum, $1.5 million is from Ryan for Congress, Ryan’s reelection campaign, and fulfills his March vow to match what other House Republicans raise for the NRCC.

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The Republican Speaker suffered a huge setback late last month, when he and President Trump decided to pull their ObamaCare repeal bill from the floor amid a conservative revolt.

But Ryan allies say his record haul in March shows he’s remained an effective fundraiser for the party. The $7 million figure exceeds the $6.3 million Ryan transferred to the NRCC in March 2016, which was a record at the time. It also tops his predecessor’s record transfer as Speaker: John BoehnerJohn Andrew BoehnerFreedom Caucus members see openings in leadership Five GOP lawmakers mulling bid to lead conservative caucus Ex-lawmakers see tough job market with trade groups MORE (R-Ohio) sent the NRCC $2.8 million in June 2012.

“A year and a half ago, Paul Ryan became speaker with virtually no political infrastructure. Since then, he has established a national political operation that can be put up against anyone else,” Kevin Seifert, executive director for Team Ryan, said in a statement. “Team Ryan was built around the Speaker’s focus on policy and his ability to articulate a positive, conservative vision for America. 

“This remains the focus and in the early part of 2017, Ryan has been humbled by the interest in the Republican agenda – to enact bold reforms and get our country back-on-track.”

Ryan’s transfers give NRCC officials a fundraising boost as they seek to retain control of four seats that had been occupied by Republicans before Trump tapped them for his Cabinet.

They are Montana’s at-large seat, previously held by Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke; Georgia’s 6th District, previously held by Health and Human Services Secretary Tom Price; Kansas’s 4th District, previously held by CIA Director Mike Pompeo; and South Carolina’s 5th District, previously held by White House Management and Budget Director Mick Mulvaney.

In 2017, Ryan’s fundraising stops have taken him to eight states and 18 cities, where he’s held 82 meetings and events.

Most of these events are held in the congressional districts of his GOP colleagues. During a multiple-day swing through Texas, for example, Ryan met with Rep. Will Hurd in El Paso; Rep. Blake FarentholdRandolph (Blake) Blake FarentholdAP Analysis: 25 state lawmakers running in 2018 have been accused of sexual misconduct Ex-lawmakers see tough job market with trade groups Republican wins right to replace Farenthold in Congress MORE in Corpus Christi; Reps. Joe Barton, Michael BurgessMichael Clifton BurgessOvernight Health Care: Official defends suspending insurer payments | What Kavanaugh's nomination means for ObamaCare | Panel approves bill to halt employer mandate House panel advances bill that would temporarily halt ObamaCare's employer mandate Trump signs 'right to try' drug bill MORE, Kay GrangerNorvell (Kay) Kay GrangerGOP senators visited Moscow on July 4, warned Russia against meddling in 2018 election: report GOP lawmakers plan official visit to Russia later this week House panel rejects war authorization sunset it passed last year MORE, Jeb Hensarling, Sam JohnsonSamuel (Sam) Robert JohnsonMay brings key primaries across nation Loss of Ryan hits hard for House Republicans Watchdog: Social Security acting head hasn't been authorized to serve for months MORE, Kenny Marchant and John Ratcliffe in Dallas-Fort Worth; and Farenthold, as well as Reps. Brian Babin, Kevin BradyKevin Patrick BradySenate panel advances Trump IRS nominee GOP looks to blunt Dems’ attacks on rising premiums Meet the woman who is Trump's new emissary to Capitol Hill MORE, John Culberson, Bill FloresWilliam (Bill) Hose FloresGOP leaders jockey for affection of House conservatives Five GOP lawmakers mulling bid to lead conservative caucus House GOP leaders push immigration vote to next week MORE, Michael McCaul, Pete Olson, Ted PoeLloyd (Ted) Theodore PoeFive races to watch in the Texas runoffs Five Republican run-offs to watch in Texas Hillicon Valley: House Dems release Russia-linked Facebook ads | Bill would block feds from mandating encryption 'back doors' | AT&T hired Cohen for advice on Time Warner merger | FCC hands down record robocall fine | White House launches AI panel MORE and Randy WeberRandall (Randy) Keith WeberFamily of Santa Fe school shooting victim sues suspect's parents Santa Fe shooting suspect reportedly killed girl who turned down his advances Russian trolls are pitting Americans against energy industry MORE in Houston.