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Groups Backing GOP Congress Say 2017 Was Record Fundraising Year

  • Two super-PACs supporting Ryan raise a combined $66 million
  • Groups are building up staff in key contests in 2018
U.S. House Speaker Paul Ryan arrives to a press conference in the Rose Garden of the White House in Washington on May 4, 2017.

U.S. House Speaker Paul Ryan arrives to a press conference in the Rose Garden of the White House in Washington on May 4, 2017.

Photographer: Andrew Harrer/Bloomberg

Two groups focused on boosting House Speaker Paul Ryan’s agenda and the prospects of Republicans maintaining control of Congress said Tuesday they raised a combined $66 million in 2017, the best non-election-year fundraising total in their history.

The Congressional Leadership Fund and the American Action Network said the total compares to $7 million raised by the groups in 2015, the most recent previous non-election year. CLF, a super political action committee that’s already building out staff in key districts where close 2018 races are expected, said it ended the year with more than $15 million in the bank.