Paul Ryan to headline Kinzinger fundraiser

Paul Ryan to headline Kinzinger fundraiser
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Former House Speaker Paul RyanPaul Davis RyanTrump clash ahead: Ron DeSantis positions himself as GOP's future in a direct-mail piece Cutting critical family support won't solve the labor crisis Juan Williams: Trump's GOP descends into farce MORE (R-Wis.) is set to headline a fundraiser on Monday for Rep. Adam KinzingerAdam Daniel KinzingerDemocrats plow ahead with Jan. 6 probe, eyeing new GOP reinforcements McCarthy won't rule out booting Cheney from Armed Services Schumer blasts McCarthy for picking people who 'supported the big lie' for Jan. 6 panel MORE (R-Ill.), an ardent critic of former President TrumpDonald TrumpNew Capitol Police chief to take over Friday Overnight Health Care: Biden officials says no change to masking guidance right now | Missouri Supreme Court rules in favor of Medicaid expansion | Mississippi's attorney general asks Supreme Court to overturn Roe v. Wade Michael Wolff and the art of monetizing gossip MORE and one of 10 House Republicans who voted in January to impeach the former president.

The fundraiser was first reported by Politico, which obtained a copy of an invitation for the event. Tickets start at $250 per person and go up to $11,600. 

Trump has vowed to campaign against Republican lawmakers who voted to impeach him earlier this year for his role in inciting the Jan. 6 riot at the U.S. Capitol. Kinzinger hasn’t quieted down his criticism of the former president since then, even as he has acknowledged that he could pay a political price in his 2022 reelection bid.

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Ryan, who left office in 2019 after Democrats won the House majority, has sparred with Trump at times. He was sharply critical of Republican efforts earlier this year to challenge President BidenJoe BidenOvernight Defense: Senate panel adds B to Biden's defense budget | House passes bill to streamline visa process for Afghans who helped US | Pentagon confirms 7 Colombians arrested in Haiti leader's killing had US training On The Money: Senate braces for nasty debt ceiling fight | Democrats pushing for changes to bipartisan deal | Housing prices hit new high in June Hillicon Valley: Democrats introduce bill to hold platforms accountable for misinformation during health crises | Website outages hit Olympics, Amazon and major banks MORE’s Electoral College victory, calling the objections “anti-democratic and anti-conservative.”

Trump, meanwhile, has continued to falsely assert that the 2020 election was “rigged” and that he is the rightful winner of the race. Those claims, critics argue, helped spur the events of Jan. 6, when a mob of his supporters stormed the Capitol. 

Ryan’s expected appearance at a fundraiser for Kinzinger marks a clear effort against Trump, who remains the most influential figure in GOP politics and commands the support of an ultra-loyal base of voters who are eager to punish his perceived enemies.