While many lawmakers are unwinding on vacation this August, or using downtime to visit family, Kevin McCarthy is on a mission: Keeping the House firmly under Republican control.
The House Majority Leader is hitting the road this recess to help protect the chamber’s historically large majority, flying around the country to raise money for and stump with his colleagues. The California Republican headlined events for six Michigan members and candidates last week and is headed to Montana and Illinois this week with a list of events that runs clear through September.
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The timing is fortuitous — and likely deliberate. Republicans are expected to lose seats this cycle — particularly with their controversial nominee Donald Trump at the top of the ticket. The question is: how many?
Few, if McCarthy has anything to say about it.
“The leader is not taking our majority in the House for granted,” said McCarthy spokesman Mike Long. “He’s always made our members his top priority, and he’ll be hitting the road and fundraising circuit from now until November for our team.”
While the House Republican Conference denied McCarthy’s bid to wield the speaker’s gavel last year (they turned instead to now-Speaker Paul Ryan), McCarthy has maintained his work as a prolific fundraiser. Kevin McCarthy for Congress and Majority Committee PAC have transferred $2,406,000 to House, Senate and new candidates this cycle — more than any other member.
And he’s raised $10 million for lawmakers and candidates — plus another $16 million through three fundraising committees totaling $26 million, his office says.
Since the beginning of this Congress, McCarthy has headlined more than 225 fundraisers in Washington D.C. and in districts around that country, including 100 on the road for more than 110 lawmakers or Republicans …