Paul Ryan to take a fundraising swing next week
October 20th, 2012
08:01 PM ET
1 year ago

Paul Ryan to take a fundraising swing next week

(CNN) - Paul Ryan will spend a number of days in Republican stronghold states next week, not to win over more voters but instead to help the GOP fill its campaign coffers.

While the Republican vice-presidential nominee has spent a majority of his time campaigning in battleground states such as Ohio, Virginia and Florida, it is notable the campaign is sending Ryan on a fundraising push less than two weeks before Election Day.

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Running mate Mitt Romney, who is in Florida preparing for Monday night's third presidential debate, attended his final finance event of the campaign in Palm Beach on Saturday.

There will be just 13 days left until Election Day when Ryan embarks on the fundraising swing Wednesday, beginning with Georgia, then onto South Carolina and Alabama on Friday.

Invitations featuring Ryan at events in Texas on Thursday were distributed, but the campaign told CNN he would not be traveling there.

State party officials and sources with access to invitations confirmed a number of upcoming events, including some that were posted online by the Sunlight Foundation, a nonprofit organization committed to government transparency.

Ryan will travel to Atlanta on Wednesday for an evening reception that will cost supporters $500 to attend, according to Chris Kelleher, communications director for the Georgia Republican Party. There will also be a roundtable discussion with Ryan that requires a $25,000 donation per couple.

On Friday, Ryan is expected to attend events in South Carolina and Alabama.

Barry Wynn, former chairman of the South Carolina Republican Party and finance co-chairman for Romney's campaign in the state, confirmed the vice-presidential hopeful will attend a breakfast at the home of Greenville developer Phil Hughes on Friday.

Since 1980, the first-in-the-South primary state had selected the eventual Republican presidential nominee, but that streak ended when Newt Gingrich won the Republican primary in January.

Romney did not spend much time campaigning there leading up to the primary but Wynn, who supported Texas Gov. Rick Perry early in GOP presidential race, said in an earlier report he expected 100 people to attend but he told CNN that was a conservative estimate based on early response. Tickets for a general reception are $1,000 and a photo opportunity will require $5,000 donations. Those who give $25,000 can attend a private reception Romney's running mate.

The seven-term Wisconsin congressman is also expected to travel to Alabama, according to Shana Kluck, communications director for the Alabama Republican Party. Ryan will attend a fundraising luncheon at the Von Braun Center in Huntsville.

The day after Romney's last debate, the Republican running mates will campaign together in battleground states, holding rallies in Henderson, Nevada, and Morrison, Colorado.

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soundoff (11 Responses)
  1. Lar5

    History lesson for Paul Ryan:
    Something bad has happened to this country and it's election process.

    When Jack Kennedy ran for president, because he was Catholic, he had to make a speech to the people of this country stating his church and the Pope would have no effect on his presidency or the way he would govern. In this current world it seems as if every republican is required to do just the opposite and pledge his allegiance to the Catholic Church's rulings on many social issues. This is backwards and unconstitutional

    October 20, 2012 08:34 pm at 8:34 pm |
  2. Wondering Wanda

    Maybe-Texas is turning blue?– undocument people heard the battle CRY- Romney- If you want citizenship you can gain it by being in the military-bam-If he wins you will be his WARRIORS–will return thinking I am a US citizen! they will give you a dishonorable dicharge like they did the poor and people with tan skintone–There goes your citizenship and benefits– as you wave good-bye to your loved ones

    October 20, 2012 08:35 pm at 8:35 pm |
  3. Wondering Wanda

    Great is he starting his war chest for 2016?

    October 20, 2012 08:39 pm at 8:39 pm |
  4. Lar5

    History lesson for Paul Ryan and others:

    Something bad has happened to this country and it's election process.

    When Jack Kennedy ran for president, because he was Catholic, he had to make a speech to the people of this country stating his church and the Pope would have no effect on his presidency or the way he would govern. In this current world it seems as if every republican is required to do just the opposite and pledge his allegiance to the Catholic Church's rulings on many social issues. This is backwards and unconstitutional

    October 20, 2012 08:40 pm at 8:40 pm |
  5. Iamnotfooled

    Mr. Ryan’s enormous influence was apparent last summer when Representative Eric Cantor, the second most powerful House Republican, told Mr. Obama during negotiations over an attempted bipartisan “grand bargain” that Mr. Ryan disliked its policy and was concerned that a deal would pave the way for Mr. Obama’s easy re-election, according to a Democrat and a Republican who were briefed on the conversation.

    Paul Ryan , Eric Cantor, and Newt Ginrich were at a restaurant along with 12 other Repubs planning President Obama's demise on the night of Pres. Obama's inauguration. They never planned to work with him. Newt gingrich-"Think of this as the night the seeds of 2012 were sown". Pathetic. anti -Americans.

    October 20, 2012 08:40 pm at 8:40 pm |
  6. Iamnotfooled

    Seniors -Medicare, Social Security, and the Affordable Healthcare Act benefits are your security. Are you willing to gamble it away? Ryan-Romneys Plan is untested and may very well fail. Guarantee or Gamble?

    October 20, 2012 08:43 pm at 8:43 pm |
  7. Thomas

    Why won't Ryan ever visit Oakland California , he said he was a Raiders Fan !

    He's a Packers fan one day, then a Steelers fan the next , tomorrow he will be a Bears fan.

    Ryan has supports more NFL teams then Romney has houses .

    October 20, 2012 09:35 pm at 9:35 pm |
  8. chupacabra

    1000.00,5000.00,25000.00.................wow....I will not be attending, why should I ? I'm probably the only person in Texas that is going to vote strait Democrat......times are prety good, don't rock the boat....Obama/Biden=2012.

    October 20, 2012 09:46 pm at 9:46 pm |
  9. Shoshana

    Romney could actually win. If he does win,a family will be paying more in taxes. That will be hard on those who will be paying more. I think romney is a wolf in sheep's clothing. Lots of surprises for a lot of people.

    October 20, 2012 10:22 pm at 10:22 pm |
  10. anonoymous

    Why are they still fundraising? why cant we hear about this 5 point plan that they say will work? What are the loopholes? Essentially what is the plan? In plain simple language no double talk big words meaning nothing. Im tired of hearing from these guys what the president is doing wrong but nothing of what they will do right. I support Mr Obama because say what you will he has brought us back from the brink of collapse.The country is moving in the right direction. Why risk giving the keyes back to the party that almost ruined us in the first place? That's the main reason why you dont see Bush on the campaign trail even his supporters know he messed up but wont publicly admit it. Those who lost jobs and homes under Bush know the truth and will never forgot even they pretend it didnt happen. Obama 2012

    October 21, 2012 05:01 am at 5:01 am |
  11. Namejkane sfl a vote for lady parts romney the tax cheat and lyin lady parts ryan willcut your moms medicare and soc sec . .can you afford to pay for them???

    Ryan ,did you ever explain that 60,000 dallar bribe you took in your home state for the casino licence or was it a campaign donation that you had to return when your name came up in a federal probe ???????

    October 21, 2012 08:51 am at 8:51 am |