The top Democrat running against Speaker Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) fundraised $2.1 million in the first quarter in 2018, announced his campaign on Monday.
Randy Bryce’s campaign reports that it has raised 4.75 million dollars since last June 2017 and has almost $2.3 million in cash right now.
The campaign added 45,000 new donors this year.
Bryce’s campaign to unseat Paul Ryan in Wisconsin’s 1st District started last June with a fundraising drive that got more than $100,000 in donations in its first 24 hours.
The ironworker managed to raise $1 million during the third quarter in 2017 and raised about $2.7 million by the year’s end, according to the FEC.
In March, Randy Bryce began fundraising off a deleted controversial tweet where Ryan bragged about a Pennsylvania woman’s $1.50-per-week pay increase because of the GOP’s evil tax-reform law.
Bryce will have a difficult battle against Paul Ryan, who has represented Wisconsin’s 1st District for almost 20 years.
In January, Paul Ryan’s team said he had (suspiciously) raised $44 million in 2017, which is a record amount for a year in which there was no major election. Clearly, several corporations are proud of their puppet. He gave $32 million of that money to the National Republican Congressional Committee.
Ryan, who was the GOP’s 2012 vice presidential candidate, is well-connected and influential thanks to his complete subservience to corporate interests, at the expense of most Americans.
Ryan’s office denied reports last week that he planned to quit after Rep. Mark Amodei (R-Nev.) informed a local news station about a “rumor” Ryan would resign soon.
The last Speaker of the House to be voted out by their constituents was Representative Tom Foley (D-Wash.). He lost his reelection campaign in 1994.
Bryce is facing a primary challenger, a local school board representative named Cathy Myers, but he is considered the favorite by far to earn the Democratic nomination.