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.
GOP Whip Steve Scalise ups his fundraising prowessApril 9th 2015
House Majority Whip Steve Scalise raised roughly $1.5 million — a substantial sum for a lawmaker who is in the midst of a scandal — during the first quarter of the 2016 cycle, according to a source close to the Louisiana Republican.
The strong first quarter showing comes as many K Streeters and even some of his colleagues privately questioned whether he would be an effective fundraiser, one of the key jobs of a whip, after it was revealed that in 2002 he gave a speech to a white supremacist group in Louisiana.Story Continued Below
Scalise’s first quarter total represents a significant uptick in his fundraising ability. He raised $3.4 million for the entire 2014 election cycle before he assumed the whip position.
But Scalise will have to have to keep up his new fundraising pace to match his predecessor, Rep. Kevin McCarthy of California, who is now House majority leader. McCarthy raised $9.2 million for the 2014 election cycle.Scalise was able to draw donors despite relentless attacks from the White House and calls from GOP activists like Sarah Palin and Erick Erickson that he should step down.
What’s not clear is whether Scalise was able to raise money in key fundraising pockets like New York and Los Angeles. A full breakdown of contributions, including geographic information and whom he raised the money from, won’t be available until April 15 when his first quarter filings with the Federal Election Commission are made public.
Scalise and his fundraising team met with lobbyists in January as the scandal was swirling to lay out his donor “membership program.” Scalise added Jenny Drucker, former finance director of the National Republican Congressional Committee, and Alex Lawhon, former NRCC deputy finance director, as his fundraisers in January.