Ryan breaks fundraising record

2014-07-12T22:00:00Z 2014-10-09T18:19:43Z Ryan breaks fundraising recordMARK SCHAAF mark.schaaf@journaltimes.com Journal Times

RACINE COUNTY — U.S. Rep. Paul Ryan has continued his record-breaking fundraising as he approaches his ninth election for Congress.

Ryan, R-Wis., collected $1.6 million in the last quarter, according to campaign finance reports. The total is the most the congressman, whose district includes Racine County, has ever raised in a quarter.

His previous best, of just less than $1.4 million, was set in the first quarter of this year.

“These impressive results show that hard-working taxpayers support the solutions Congressman Ryan is offering and his efforts to hold the administration accountable,” according to a statement from the campaign provided to The Journal Times. “Whether keeping watch over the IRS or offering balanced budgets, Paul Ryan will continue working for the American people.”

Ryan has $3.8 million in cash on hand, down slightly from $4 million at the start of the quarter on April 1. The fundraising period ended June 30.

Ryan, the GOP’s 2012 vice presidential candidate and frequently mentioned as a possible 2016 presidential contender, will face the winner of the Aug. 12 Democratic primary between Amar Kaleka and Rob Zerban. The general election is Nov. 4.

The Democratic candidates have not yet filed their campaign finance reports, which are due Tuesday. Their fundraising numbers are sure to lag Ryan’s — in the first quarter, Zerban raised $124,185 and Kaleka raised $37,438.

Zerban campaign spokesman Sachin Chheda acknowledged the large discrepancy, but said that while Ryan is “going to have a lot of money to tell his story ... it’s a story that has less and less support.”

“It’s not surprising that Paul Ryan, who has been the agent for big corporations, has raised millions of dollars from those same corporations,” Chheda said. “What we’re finding is that as people learn more about Paul Ryan’s policy positions, they’re not excited about the fact he’s raising a lot of money. They’re upset.”

Kaleka could not be reached for comment.

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  1. forthoseuneducated
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    forthoseuneducated - July 30, 2014 10:18 am
    https://www.opensecrets.org/politicians/summary.php?cid=N00004357 simply not true. Small individual contributions don't even account for much of anything of Ryan's fundraising.
  2. Joe Taxpayer
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    Joe Taxpayer - July 14, 2014 5:10 pm
    Idiots have already been elected to office. Look at BHO...
  3. Joe Taxpayer
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    Joe Taxpayer - July 14, 2014 5:10 pm
    Idiots have already been elected to office. Look at BHO...
  4. UTP
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    UTP - July 14, 2014 3:58 pm
    Here's the way all elections should go - all the money raised by each party is equally split among all the candidates. Why may you ask - allow me to tell you - the vast majority of voters either vote their party, regardless if the candidate is a child molester or political thief, or they have no idea who actually is running and they therefore vote the candidate whose picture or signs they've seen most often! Money buys an office, and that's not how this country was founded, nor how it should be. What's sad is, that if this is the way our country keeps going, you can elect any idiot to office, but the public will not protect our government when another power comes to crush us with a promise of equality, as our forefathers did more than two centuries ago. We broke away from the rule of King George, now we may have to break away from the rule of Millionaire Politicians.
  5. wisconsinbrad
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    wisconsinbrad - July 14, 2014 1:56 pm
    http://therightryan.com/
    Jeremy Ryan is running in the 2014 election for the U.S. House to represent Wisconsin's 1st District. He is seeking the Republican nomination in the primary.
  6. Ma Hambone Banjo
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    Ma Hambone Banjo - July 13, 2014 11:50 pm
    You dummy is all whine about tham Kochs Brother give money to Ryan and governer Walker. They done bought us these great leader, and you isn't show no appreciation neither. All you laberil does is complain about Kochs brother buy the election. How about thank them for buying yous a nice congresman and governer?
    Aside from that, most of the money raised was actually come from plain honest folk like my cousins, Ma and Pa Kettle. They done save up they money from working salt mine, and sent it to Mr. Ryan cause he care about common folk. Jus' you watch, Ryan help dismantle crummy Obummer care and replace it with coupons for 8% of private insurance plan. Then maybe you fools will thanks Ryan properly.
  7. kevinsmom68
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    kevinsmom68 - July 13, 2014 10:43 pm
    gonna donate to him monday morning.

  8. batman59
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    batman59 - July 13, 2014 4:52 pm
    More than your one
  9. tansandy
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    tansandy - July 13, 2014 1:51 pm
    Maybe some is coming out of your home state of Florida! Granny, you have a nice day. Stay in the air-condition, or if you go out, use a little sunscreen. That Florida sun is a killer this time of year. Take care now you hear.
  10. actualfacts
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    actualfacts - July 13, 2014 1:00 pm
    And big corporations, Wallstreet and Hollywood bucks. Democrats do. Microsoft, Google, GE, GM, AT&T, etc list goes on. Koch brothers are about 76 on the list for biggest donors. Corporations, wallstreet, unions etc are all before them. Liberals turn a blind eye to them.
  11. Joe Taxpayer
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    Joe Taxpayer - July 13, 2014 1:00 pm
    Paul Ryan is a sham and liar. He and Boehner were pushing amnesty due to selling out to big business.
  12. Racine315
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    Racine315 - July 13, 2014 12:22 pm
    He must be washing a lot of clean dishes.
  13. us citizen
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    us citizen - July 13, 2014 11:50 am
    Add in all the private business owners. That are all upset that their businesses are losing money. Yet they think repubicans do no wrong. SMH...
  14. Politically Correct
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    Politically Correct - July 13, 2014 10:44 am
    Good for Ryan - keep those bucks coming in for he and Walker. We need the Obama like philosophies out of politics. They are ruining the country.
  15. OpinionBlogger
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    OpinionBlogger - July 13, 2014 10:26 am
    Actually, at a time when we have record number of people unemployed and/or homeless this is socially irresponsible. I tell you, if you don't let money be the leverage, these candidates will have to do grassroots campaigns and spend more time facing the people they supposedly wish to represent versus relying on costly advertising, smear campaigns, bogus debates, etc. to do the job. I would rather hear a candidate's fundraiser pulls in $1.6 million and donates $1 million to support one of these issues and use the rest to cover fees associated with travel, protection, basic promotion, etc. Frankly, if a candidate cannot muster merits on their own without all the paid dog and pony shows, then they shouldn't be in office.
  16. Joe Taxpayer
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    Joe Taxpayer - July 13, 2014 9:50 am
    I hate this guy. He's a RINO and partially responsible for the mess on the border. He's all for amnesty!
  17. You all know Me
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    You all know Me - July 13, 2014 9:47 am
    This is election cycle will not bode well for the democrats. They will want you to think that Walker and Ryan are getting all their donations from the Koch brothers (which by the way is more worn out that a cheap rug at a rummage sale) and other "millionaires and billionaires" (another worn out lefty tactic). There are many more people that vote who are giving the $10 and $20 to these candidates because they don't want any more of the destructive policies from the dems. It will have to be the money from the george soros hit groups, tom sayers, and the millionaire billionaire that owns COSTCO that dems will have to depend on.
  18. Timt49
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    Timt49 - July 13, 2014 9:36 am
    Don't forget all the union bucks
  19. Timt49
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    Timt49 - July 13, 2014 9:31 am
    You have to excuse granny, she has only 2 active brain cells. One "liberal" and the other "democrat". Between the 2 of them, they can't generate enough energy to rub themselves together to create a coherent thought.
  20. granny grits
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    granny grits - July 13, 2014 4:47 am
    Actually, Ryan is hardly ever mentioned as a presidential candidate after the embarrassment of running for vp and not being able to carry his hometown. Do you ever wonder how much of that money is coming from out of state?
  21. tansandy
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    tansandy - July 13, 2014 4:41 am
    Can you tell us who gets the Soros bucks? Not any different.
  22. batman59
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    batman59 - July 13, 2014 12:28 am
    Do't have to We already know were Ryan is getting his Koch Bucks
  23. Cincinnatus Racine
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    Cincinnatus Racine - July 13, 2014 12:06 am
    I thought that nutcase Jeremy Ryan was running in the primary against Paul Ryan?
  24. A Jelly Doughnut
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    A Jelly Doughnut - July 12, 2014 11:10 pm
    Cue the Koch Brothers comments granny.
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