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 RyanRyan: Graham-Cassidy 'best, last chance' to repeal ObamaCare Ryan: Americans want to see Trump talking with Dem leaders Overnight Finance: CBO to release limited analysis of ObamaCare repeal bill | DOJ investigates Equifax stock sales | House weighs tougher rules for banks dealing with North Korea 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 BoehnerSpeculation mounts, but Ryan’s job seen as safe Boehner warns Trump: Don't pull out of Korea-US trade deal GOP Rep: Ryan wasting taxpayers dollars by blocking war authorization debate 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 FarentholdBlake FarentholdSupreme Court blocks rulings forcing Texas to redraw districts Trump surveys hurricane damage in Texas Justice Alito temporarily blocks order for Texas voting map to be redrawn MORE in Corpus Christi; Reps. Joe Barton, Michael BurgessMichael BurgessHarvey response puts squeeze on GOP Medicaid efficiency is needed now, more than ever In the politics of healthcare reform, past is prologue MORE, Kay GrangerKay GrangerGOP lawmaker: No town halls because of threats against lawmakers Surprise war vote points to shift in GOP Foreign Affairs say war authorization amendment was 'out of order' MORE, Jeb Hensarling, Sam JohnsonSam JohnsonHow Republicans split on the Harvey aid, fiscal deal House passes Trump deal on majority Democratic vote Week ahead: Tech awaits Trump budget MORE, Kenny Marchant and John Ratcliffe in Dallas-Fort Worth; and Farenthold, as well as Reps. Brian Babin, Kevin BradyKevin BradyOvernight Finance: CBO to release limited analysis of ObamaCare repeal bill | DOJ investigates Equifax stock sales | House weighs tougher rules for banks dealing with North Korea Week ahead in finance: Clock ticking for GOP on tax reform Liberal groups want Mnuchin off GOP tax group following airplane controversies MORE, John Culberson, Bill FloresBill FloresOvernight Regulation: GOP takes aim at Endangered Species Act | DOJ expands asset seizures | FCC chief denies Trump interfered on Time Warner merger | Panel votes to ease driverless car regs House votes to streamline pipeline reviews Questions grow over Kushner’s security clearances MORE, Michael McCaul, Pete Olson, Ted PoeTed PoeA bipartisan solution to stopping drive-by lawsuits Harvey response puts squeeze on GOP US Senate must follow House lead in combating human trafficking MORE and Randy WeberRandy WeberGOP worries as state Dems outperform in special elections How Republicans split on the Harvey aid, fiscal deal House passes Trump deal on majority Democratic vote MORE in Houston.