Speaker of the House Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) this month transferred $7 million to the National Republican Congressional Committee (NRCC), the organization responsible for electing Republicans to the U.S. House of Representatives, as part of his ongoing efforts to bolster GOP election war chests. The sum is the most ever raised by any speaker, and is just part of the $16.4 million Ryan has given to the NRCC in the last three months.
Ryan has raised nearly $60 million for the NRCC since becoming Speaker of the House in late 2015, making good on his promise to GOP colleagues that he’d help maintain and grow the Republican majority. Such efforts are critical to ensuring conservative legislation passes through the chamber and is sent to the Senate for approval.
“A year and a half ago, Paul Ryan became speaker with virtually no political infrastructure,” said Kevin Seifert, the speaker’s chief political adviser and executive director of Team Ryan. “Team Ryan was built around the focus on policy and his ability to articulate a positive, conservative vision for America.”
While Team Ryan is focused on meeting the needs of the constituents in Wisconsin’s First Congressional District, the organization is also a joint fundraising committee, which allows Ryan to support colleagues “across the country who are advancing conservative solutions and raising the resources needed to defend and strengthen the Republican majority in Congress.”
As the media persist in their constant criticisms of Ryan’s refusal to keep his conference in line, Team Ryan remains focused on promoting an aspirational agenda and growing a GOP majority in Congress. The speaker has crisscrossed the nation meeting with poverty fighters at the neighborhood level who are transforming lives, introducing his colleagues to key individuals whose expertise should shape policy and raising money for them in their own backyards.
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Ellen Carmichael is a senior writer for Opportunity Lives. Follow her on Twitter @ellencarmichael.