Texan takes on political fundraising for U.S. House conservativesMay 1st 2015
WASHINGTON — Just the word fundraising elicits groans or slumped shoulders from most politicians. It’s drudgery for them — a despised but necessary task.
But U.S. Rep. Roger Williams of Austin, a lifelong salesman and an old hand in Texas fundraising, is an exception.
“I’m one of those weirdos that lives to raise money,” Williams said. “I’ve been in this business forever.”
Boehner's first-quarter haul: $5.4 millionApril 14th 2015
House Speaker John Boehner raised more than $5.4 million in the first three months of 2015, a massive haul that illustrates once again that he’s the central money figure among GOP lawmakers.
Boehner (R-Ohio) raised $906,000 for Friends of John Boehner, his re-election committee; $4.28 million for Boehner for Speaker, his joint fundraising committee which can accept large checks; and $301,000 for Freedom Project, his leadership PAC. Boehner transferred $2.6 million to the National Republican Congressional Committee, according to an aide. The totals were shared with POLITICO in advance of the April 15 filing deadline.
“Speaker Boehner and our committees are hard at work building a strong foundation to score more Republican victories in 2016 – and we’re just getting started,” said Kara Hauck, a spokesman for Boehner’s political machine.
It’s high season for political committees to report their first-quarter fundraising hauls. House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) will report raising $3.5 million, and House Majority Whip Steve Scalise (R-La.) raised nearly $1.5 million, according to aides to both men.Boehner’s totals do not include money he has raised at NRCC events, or for individual members.