April 13th, 2016 | JANET HOOK | The Wall Street Journal
House Speaker Paul Ryan of Wisconsin raised $17.2 million in the first three months of 2016, outpacing his predecessor as GOP fundraiser-in-chief despite his refusal to entertain the idea of being the party’s presidential nominee.
More than $11 million of the money Mr. Ryan raised from January through March went to the National Republican Congressional Committee, the House GOP campaign arm, surpassing the $7 million record set by John Boehner of Ohio in the second quarter of 2012 while he was the speaker.
That fundraising haul illustrates Mr. Ryan’s commitment to helping the party keep control of the House amid a tumultuous 2016 presidential election. It also suggests that even if he is not running for president now, Mr. Ryan is working to establish himself as a party leader and could amass a power base from which he could run in 2020.
Mr. Ryan’s fundraising will be detailed in a report filed today with the Federal Election Commission, which was described in advance by his advisers.
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