Milwaukee Journal Stntinel
By Mary Spicuzza
House Speaker Paul Ryan of Janesville is pouring more of his campaign cash into Wisconsin’s fall election fight.
Ryan for Congress recently cut a check for $250,000 to the Republican Party of Wisconsin, his campaign said.
The move comes after Ryan previously transferred $500,000 from his campaign account to the state GOP, meaning he’s now provided $750,000 to the state party heading into the November election. The money will be used to bolster Wisconsin Republicans’ get-out-the-vote efforts.
The news follows a Thursday night fundraiser in Milwaukee hosted by Team Ryan, which featured Gov. Scott Walker and former Gov. Tommy Thompson, as well as Wisconsin U.S. Reps. Jim Sensenbrenner, Sean Duffy, Reid Ribble and Glenn Grothman. Also in attendance was Mike Gallagher, the Republican candidate hoping to replace Ribble, who is retiring.
“Paul Ryan and his colleagues in the Wisconsin delegation are committed to victory this November and the funds raised will help us achieve that,” Kevin Seifert, the executive director of Team Ryan, said in a statement. “Wisconsin Republicans are united behind our great group of federal lawmakers.”
Seifert added that members of Wisconsin’s GOP congressional delegation are working hard to add Gallagher to their ranks.
Wisconsin Republicans are relying heavily on the ground game they built during Walker’s three election victories, in 2010, the 2012 recall and 2014. They’re banking on turning out their voters, despite polls that show GOP presidential nominee Donald Trump trailing Democrat Hillary Clinton.
The last Republican to win the presidential contest in Wisconsin was Ronald Reagan in 1984.
Republicans are also trying to hold the Senate seat of U.S. Sen. Ron Johnson, who is in a tough re-election fight against Democrat and former three-term U.S. Sen. Russ Feingold.
There is also the key battle in the 8th Congressional District, where Gallagher faces Outagamie County Executive Tom Nelson, a Democrat.
Team Ryan is a federal joint fundraising committee that includes his re-election campaign and national political efforts. It includes Ryan for Congress, Prosperity Action PAC and the National Republican Campaign Committee.
Ryan has endorsed Trump despite continuing to criticize some of his comments. He’s said House Republicans should follow their conscience when it comes to deciding whether to back Trump.
In August, Ryan easily defeated his primary challenger, Paul Nehlen. He faces Democrat Ryan Solen in November.