House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-WI) took advantage of the August recess to raise some cash for his own political future and other Republicans on Tuesday. Ryan traveled to Idaho following his town hall meeting in his home state of Wisconsin on Monday.
“House Speaker Paul Ryan has made his first official visit to Idaho as sitting speaker to host a GOP joint fundraiser,” the Associated Press reported.
“Ryan’s brief appearance in downtown Boise on Tuesday included a $10,000-per-person VIP roundtable discussion, a $5,000-per-person photo opportunity and a $2,500-per-person or $1,000-per-person luncheon,” AP reported.
Idaho’s top Republicans officials attended, including Gov. C.L. “Butch” Otter and Idaho Republican Party Chairman Jonathan Parker.
Ryan was raising funds for his re-election campaign, his political-action-committee Prosperity for Action, and the National Republican Congressional Committee, according to AP.
A handful of protesters were on hand near the building where the fundraisers were held, with some chanting “out of touch, out of office.”
Some carried random signs, including one that said, “Seas are rising, so are we,” and another that said, “Take our health care away, try to bury us, we are seeds.”