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.