Paul Ryan raised $700k for House Republicans in Ohio fundraising swing

Paul Ryan raised $700k for House Republicans in Ohio fundraising swing
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Speaker Paul RyanPaul Davis RyanPaul Ryan joins board of Fox Corporation Bottom Line Paul Ryan says Trump will win reelection because of 'record of accomplishment' MORE (R-Wis.) raised around $700,000 for Republican House candidates in Ohio in a fundraising swing through the state this week.

Ryan's spokesperson told The Columbus Dispatch that the retiring Speaker of the House joined Sen. Rob PortmanRobert (Rob) Jones PortmanGOP moves to rein in president's emergency powers The 25 Republicans who defied Trump on emergency declaration Overnight Defense: Senate rejects border emergency in rebuke to Trump | Acting Pentagon chief grilled on wall funding | Warren confronts chief over war fund budget MORE (R-Ohio) for a fundraiser on behalf of state Sen. Troy Balderson (R), who is running for an open House seat in Ohio's 12th District.

The Speaker also appeared on behalf of Rep. Steve ChabotSteven (Steve) Joseph ChabotHouse passes series of measures hitting Russia, Putin Trump applauded for walking away from 'bad' North Korea deal The Hill's 12:30 Report: Sanders set to shake up 2020 race MORE (R), who is facing a well-funded Democratic challenge from Hamilton County Clerk of Courts Aftab Pureval. Ryan and Chabot toured an ice cream and beverage factory before speaking with employees about tax reform.

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In Dayton, Ryan campaigned alongside Rep. Micheal Turner (R), who was outraised by his Democratic opponent in the last quarter.

Republicans in the state told the Dispatch that the fundraisers benefited House Republicans generally, not just Chabot or Turner.

“There is great support for the party’s agenda in the Buckeye State, and Speaker Ryan was thrilled to spend time there this week to emphasize the importance of electing Republicans and keeping our House majority working for the American people,” Ryan's deputy executive director Jake Kastan told the Dispatch.

Democrats blasted Ryan's swing through the state as a desperate attempt to boost the campaigns of Ohio Republicans and save the GOP's House majority.

“Today Paul Ryan continues his desperate ‘bail out Ohio Republicans’ tour with a stop in Cincinnati to prop up Congressman Steve Chabot and mislead about the Republican tax scam that eventually raises taxes on 92 million middle-class families, while slashing taxes for the wealthy, encouraging outsourcing and blowing up the federal deficit,” Ohio's Democratic Party told the Dispatch.