Ryan Announces Third-Quarter Fundraising Haul
But it doesn't match up with what Pelosi has raised for Democrats
House Speaker Paul D. Ryan announced Friday that he raised $15.4 million in the third quarter of 2016, tallying up $48.2 million for the year.
He also announced he had transferred more than $31 million to the National Republican Congressional Committee over his time as speaker.
By comparison, in the third quarter of 2012, former Speaker John A. Boehner had raised only $4 million.
“His ability to talk about conservative principles and how they apply to the problems of the day has been incredibly motivating to individuals who care about the Republican Party,” said Kevin Seifert, executive director of Team Ryan, the speaker’s joint fundraising committee.
But Ryan’s cash haul pales in comparison to what House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi raised for Democrats in the third quarter.
On Wednesday, Pelosi announced that she had raised $34.6 million for House Democrats in the third quarter, including $28.7 million for the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee. The minority leader also said she raised $127.7 million for the entire cycle since 2014, including $105.9 for the DCCC.
The minority leader’s third-quarter numbers have no yet been posted on the Federal Election Commission’s site.
Since video from 2005 was released of Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump talking about making unwanted sexual advances on women, Ryan has indicated that he will no longer defend Trump or campaign with him.
Rather, Ryan has said members should deal with Trump in the way that is best for their particular districts.