Paul Ryan collects more than a half million dollars in the Texas Hill Country

July 1st, 2016

Paul Ryan was in the Hill Country today, collecting more than a half-million dollars for his joint fundraising committee.

U.S. House Speaker Paul Ryan spent lunch Friday at a Wimberley ranch, raising money for the GOP efforts to hold the House this coming fall. Texas House Speaker Joe Straus introduced his national counterpart, who sported a Green Bay Packers polo shirt.

The audience included more than 100 donors, according to a source attending. Price of admission ranged between $2,700 to $244,000 and two GOP sources confirmed the event raised more than $500,000 for Ryan’s joint fundraising committee. Since he assumed the gavel, Ryan has raised millions of dollars in Texas.

There is only one competitive Congressional race in the state, the 23rd District. U.S. Rep. Will Hurd, R-San Antonio, currently holds the seat and attended the event. He faces former U.S. Rep. Pete Gallego, D-Alpine. Several other Texas GOP Congressmen were also in attendance. Because of the paucity of competitive seats, Texas’ main role in the fall campaigns is just this: funding the national campaigns to save dozens of vulnerable incumbents around the country.