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Ryan-Tied Super PAC Brings in Astonishing $51M in Q2

CLF now has $71 million on hand with less than 4 months to go until the midterm elections.

By NTK Staff | 07.12.2018 @11:00am
Ryan-Tied Super PAC Brings in Astonishing $51M in Q2

The Congressional Leadership Fund announced a monstrous fundraising number Thursday morning as the super PAC closely aligned with Speaker Paul Ryan (R-WI) brought in $51 million during the months of April, May and June.

According to the group, CLF has raised $93 million so far this election cycle and has $71 million in the bank as it approaches the midterm elections in November.

To put CLF’s fundraising in context, this haul “surpasses what both the Republican National Committee and National Republican Congressional Committee have available to spend and dwarfs the $51 million Ryan raised for the entire 2016 election cycle,” according to RealClearPolitics.

That money will go a long way to helping Republican candidates spread their message and reach voters directly in the closing months of their campaigns.

To date, CLF has reserved $60 million in television ads in 34 swing districts; however, by law it cannot directly coordinate with the campaigns on the message being pushed in those spots. But buying ad space this early has allowed the PAC to get a preferred lower rate and will make it harder for the Democrats to book prime airtime slots this fall. In the 2016 election, CLF did not purchase any television time until August, and most of it was in the last 30 days of the election. Out of the 34 targeted CLF races, 18 of the districts have been allotted more than $2 million in reserved television ad space, and in expensive media markets it goes up to $4 million in some districts.

In addition to the television ads, the CLF has dispersed about $250,000 per district for a full-time field office in all 34 targeted seats.

The group’s executive director, Corry Bliss, said CLF started knocking on doors “in February 2017 and [has] reached 15 million voters.”

CLF’s $51 million smashed its previous fundraising record of $15 million raised in the first quarter of 2018. The group’s 2018 fundraising kicked into high gear and has thus far vastly outperformed the $26 million it brought in in all of 2017.

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