The House GOP’s campaign arm hauled in a record $10 million in January, far outpacing past fundraising levels during the same time period.
The National Republican Congressional Committee (NRCC) numbers, first shared with The Hill, included a huge $3.4 million transfer from Speaker Paul Ryan (R-Wis.), who has become his party’s biggest fundraiser on Capitol Hill.
The NRCC’s previous January fundraising record was $7 million, set more than a decade ago in 2003.
GOP donors are opening up their wallets as the party tries to seize on this rare political opportunity. For the first time in a decade, Republicans control both the White House and Congress, and they recognize they’ll need to protect the House to enact a conservative agenda that includes repealing ObamaCare and overhauling the tax code.
Democrats will need to flip 24 seats to take back control of the lower chamber in 2018, a difficult but not impossible feat.
“Our strong fundraising numbers reflect the enthusiasm behind our agenda after a historic election,” new NRCC Chairman Steve Stivers (R-Ohio) said in a statement to The Hill.
“People are energized to see real change in Washington and recognize that Republican control of the House is vital to moving our country forward.”
The Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee has not released its January fundraising figures yet.