The most recent federal campaign finance numbers are in for the 1st Congressional District, and they include the first look at Janesville Democrat Cathy Myers’ fundraising.
While things could change in the 10 months before the primary election, Myers’ contributions so far are the lowest of any candidate: $53,987 from Jan. 1 through Sept. 30.
Myers is running against Randy Bryce of Caledonia for the Democrats’ nomination to take on Rep. Paul Ryan.
Myers lists total income of $82,512, which includes a $28,525 loan and an ending cash on hand, as of Sept. 30, of $20,076.
Bryce, who has received extensive national news coverage, reports receiving $1.46 million in contributions with ending cash on hand of $1.03 million.
Bryce’s contributors include two unions and an organization called VoteVets, all of Washington, D.C. Those groups gave $5,000 each.
Bryce’s cash on hand is 18 times more than Myers’ total, but both candidates have an epic journey ahead if they are to come close to the incumbent.
Ryan shows $1.14 million in contributions for the reporting period and an ending cash on hand of $10.42 million.
Ryan faces a challenge in the Republican primary from Paul Nehlen, town of Delavan.
Nehlen shows contributions of $123,817 and cash on hand of $65,189.
Nehlen would have to raise 160 times that amount to equal Ryan’s cash on hand.
Most of Ryan’s contributions come through “other committees,” most of which are his joint fundraising committee, Team Ryan.
Joint fundraising committees allow candidates to raise money for themselves or other candidates. Rules for joint committees also allow donors to write bigger checks than if they only contributed directly to their candidates’ campaigns.
Team Ryan raised $65.5 million in the 2015-16 election cycle, more than any previous speaker of the House.