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Wisconsin Congressman Paul Ryan breaks personal quarterly fundraising record

Official portrait of Congressman Paul Ryan By United States Congress [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons
Official portrait of Congressman Paul Ryan By United States Congress [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons

JANESVILLE, WI (WTAQ) - House Budget Chairman Paul Ryan has raised the most campaign money he's ever brought in for a three-month period.

Congressional candidates do not have to report their fundraising totals until Tuesday.

Ryan, the Republicans' 2012 vice presidential nominee from Janesville, took in $1.6 million in the second quarter of this year.

That's a new record for Ryan's 16 years in Congress. He set his old record in the first quarter of this year, when he took in $1.4 million.

Ryan had $3.8 million in his war chest as of July 1st, down slightly from the $4 million he had on April 1st.

Ryan will face one of two Democrats squaring off in the August 12th primary -- Rob Zerban or Amar Kaleka. Zerban had only raised $124,000 in the previous quarter, and Kaleka $37,000.

Zerban's camp says Ryan will have a lot more money to tell his story -- but it's a story that's getting "less and less support."

Ryan's campaign said his large donations show that they support what he's doing, and how he's holding the Obama administration accountable.

(Story courtesy of Wheeler News Service)

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