Scalise announces $3 million fundraising haul

- April 11, 2018

House Majority Whip Steve Scalise on Thursday is set to announce a $3 million fundraising haul for the first quarter of 2018 — a record amount for the No. 3 Republican that came despite his limited mobility after being shot last year.

Scalise, who was shot last June during an incident at Congressional baseball practice and recently relearned to walk, has hosted fifty fundraising events with members or specials guests benefiting his own committee and the National Republican Congressional Committee. He’s transferred $1 million to the House GOP’s campaign arm and donated more than $650,000 directly to incumbents or GOP candidates, his office is set to announce Thursday.

That’s more than any whip has raised in the first quarter of an election year, according to his office.

“It is exciting being back on the road to bolster our historic majority so we can continue working with President Trump to achieve his conservative agenda,” Scalise said in a statement. “I will continue working hard to ensure our Republican colleagues and candidates throughout the country have the resources they need to win in November, and together we will continue delivering big wins for the American people.”

Scalise’s first quarter fundraising announcement comes just a day after Speaker Paul Ryan announced his retirement. While Scalise has said he will defer to House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy to succeed Ryan, he is also positioning himself for a potential bid for the speakership in the event his California colleague falls short.

Fundraising is essential to any leadership race, as Ryan has demonstrated. The current speaker raised $11.1 million in the first quarter, bringing his fundraising total to more than $54 million for the 2018 election cycle.

POLITICO reported Wednesday that McCarthy, who is close with Trump and has started fundraising alongside Vice President Mike Pence, raised $8.75 million in the first quarter of 2018.

As the jockeying to replace Ryan heats up, many will look to both men’s fundraising numbers to compare notes.

Scalise has been unable to travel around the country to raise money until recently because he’s been recovering from his gunshot wound.


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