Proving once again that Republicans don’t care about the American people, House Speaker Paul Ryan snubbed his Wisconsin constituents during the President’s Day congressional recess, refusing to hold even a single town hall.
Local activists appeared at his office in Racine to demand a meeting. Others placed a missing person ad on Craigslist, asking for the whereabouts of their elected representative. “Ryan fled sometime in and around January 20, 2017, and hasn’t been seen since,” the ad stated.
Thankfully, newly filed campaign filings revealed the whereabouts of the elusive congressman. The documents show that jetting around the country, raking in a whopping $657,400 in contributions in just nine days.
Ryan had scheduled a whirlwind of stops for his Team Ryan PAC — in Miami, Corpus Christi, Fort Worth, Dallas, Houston, and Menlo Park — rather than meet with constituents, according to The Intercept.
In the first three months of the year, Ryan’s joint fundraising committee brought in an astounding $17,272,248 in contributions. Ryan’s affiliated Super PAC, the Congressional Leadership Fund, also raised $4,496,473 during that same period. The CLF account, which can accept unlimited contributions from virtually any source, was buoyed by large checks from major corporations. The Geo Group, the Florida-based private prison company, gave $100,000 and Chevron gave $250,000.
Ryan’s pedigree as a fundraiser often goes overlooked given his carefully crafted image as a “policy wonk.”
During the Kansas special election that was held last Tuesday, nearly all of the independent expenditures came from the Ryan-backed NRCC and CLF, which collectively spent $180,000 to boost Ron Estes, the GOP candidate.
Meanwhile, the Democratic candidate, James Thompson, a local civil rights attorney, did not receive any significant financial support from his party.
Despite an unprecedented surge in voter support for the Democratic nominee in a traditionally Republican district, Thompson was defeated.
We must face this sad reality: Money will continue to buy elections, unless an organized and relentless resistance vote in masses to establish a progressive government by the people and for the people.