By JAKE SHERMAN –
Speaker John Boehner is the $80 million man.
That’s roughly how much the Ohio Republican has brought in for House Republicans and GOP candidates since taking the speaker’s gavel, according to his political team.
The announcement comes as Boehner’s campaign committee announced that it raised roughly $1.6 million in the second quarter of 2012. Boehner’s political team says all of its fundraising arms — the speaker has several — raised a total of $8.3 million between April and July.
Boehner donated $4.1 million that he raised to the National Republican Congressional Committee — he’s transferred $20 million so far this cycle, according to his staff.
It’s difficult to accurately capture how much a big fundraiser like Boehner brings in for the party. Boehner’s political team says the $79,220,330 he has raised this election cycle includes the money collected by his three fundraising arms, dollars brought in by the NRCC at events where Boehner appeared and contributions solicited from mailers with the speaker’s name on it.