Former Ryan fundraisers launch firm

Two former fundraisers for retired Speaker Paul RyanPaul Davis RyanHouse vote fails to quell storm surrounding Steve King House passes resolution condemning white nationalism Anti-Defamation League calls on House leaders to censure Steve King over white supremacy comments MORE (R-Wisc.) have launched their own firm to assist clients with fundraising.

Bridget Gribbin and Olivia McDonald, who co-founded Corcoran Strategies in December, were both deputy finance directors in Ryan’s political office. 

Ryan’s political operation raised over $200 million total since Nov. 2015, according to Corcoran Strategies’ announcement on Wednesday.

The former Speaker’s fundraising prowess was evident when he raised over $70 million as of July for House Republicans in the 2018 cycle. He also broke the non-election year fundraising record for any House leader in 2017 when he raised over $44 million.

“Olivia and Bridget are two of the best at what they do,” Ryan said in the announcement. “Not only are they highly-skilled professionals who know the industry as well as anyone, but their work ethic and commitment to excellence are unmatched. I have been lucky to work with them over the past three years, and I have no doubt Corcoran Strategies’ clients will benefit tremendously from their capabilities and passion.”

Politico first reported the launch of Corcoran Strategies.

Gribbin was a finance manager for Ryan until she was promoted deputy finance director in Dec. 2016, a post she held for two years. She previously was the finance coordinator for Ryan’s predecessor, ex-Speaker John BoehnerJohn Andrew BoehnerHouse vote fails to quell storm surrounding Steve King House passes resolution condemning white nationalism GOP leaders strip Steve King of committee assignments MORE (R-Ohio), in his political office.

McDonald was the deputy finance director for three years and previously was BoehnerJohn Andrew BoehnerHouse vote fails to quell storm surrounding Steve King House passes resolution condemning white nationalism GOP leaders strip Steve King of committee assignments MORE’s political office political action committee and member services manager. Before that, she worked for Story Partners and interned for Sen. Richard BurrRichard Mauze BurrManafort developments trigger new ‘collusion’ debate Three GOP Senate candidates, NRA may have illegally coordinated ads: report Cohen to testify publicly before Congress MORE (R-N.C.).