MADISON — House Speaker Paul Ryan’s campaign has donated another $250,000 to the state GOP to bolster the party’s efforts to reach voters ahead of the November election, Ryan’s campaign said Thursday.
The Janesville Republican’s latest donation will bring his campaign’s assistance to state races to $1 million.
“His efforts to help candidates build successful ground games will benefit all Republicans this Election Day, including the Republican nominee,” said spokesman Zack Roday.
“Speaker Paul Ryan is fully invested in Wisconsin’s conservative movement and his generous support could not come at a better time, because the U.S. Senate race has tightened,” said Pat Garrett, spokesman for the Republican Party of Wisconsin. “We have an opportunity to make history for the Republican Party in a Presidential Election Year and that would not be possible without the incredible support and leadership from Speaker Ryan.”
The state Republican Party received $1.2 million in donations to date, according to the most-recent campaign finance report which covered donations through Aug. 31, and the party had $569,000 in cash on hand. The next report will be released Oct. 31.
Ryan will campaign in Green Bay on Friday with Republican Mike Gallagher, who is seeking to replace retiring incumbent Republican U.S. Rep. Reid Ribble of Neenah in the 8th Congressional District. Gallagher is being challenged by Outagamie County executive Tom Nelson, a Democrat.
Republicans in Wisconsin honed an effective ground game during Gov. Scott Walker’s three elections since his first in 2010. The money will be used to bolster those efforts this year, when the GOP is seeking to keep the U.S. Senate seat of Ron Johnson. He’s being challenged by Democrat Russ Feingold, who has consistently led Johnson in polls.
Ryan’s campaign said the money should benefit voter outreach to favor Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump despite a simmering feud between Trump and Ryan.