Paul Ryan, Greg Walden to hold joint fundraiser in Portland

PORTLAND, Ore. – House Speaker Paul Ryan will be in Portland on Aug. 23, raising money with fellow Republicans Rep. Greg Walden (R-OR) and Rep. Jaime Herrera Beutler (R-WA).

Two separate invitations shared with KGW show a private reception and dinner will raise money for both Walden’s and Ryan’s campaign committees.

The first invitation says donors to Ryan’s campaign committee can pay $25,000 for a “private VIP meeting,” $10,000 for a “VIP photo opportunity” or $2,500 to attend a private dinner.

The top-tier $25,000 donation will get you two spots in the meeting with Ryan, four seats at dinner and a photo, according to the invitation.

A second invitation says donors to Walden’s campaign can give $2,700 for a photo op or $1,000 to attend a reception.

A spokeswoman for Walden’s office confirmed the invitation was real but declined to answer any other questions about the fundraiser.

It’s not clear where the event is being held. The invitation says donors will be given the address after sending an RSVP.

As chairman of the House Energy and Commerce Committee, Walden worked closely with Ryan on the House bill to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act.

Ryan and Walden held a joint press conference to tout the “American Health Care Act” before it passed and both men stood directly behind President Trump during a Rose Garden ceremony after that bill passed the House.

Herrera Beutler was one of only a few Republicans to vote against the American Health Care Act. She said at the time she worked with House leadership but felt the final bill didn’t do enough to “make health care affordable and accessible to all.” 

According to federal filings, Walden’s campaign committee has raised $310,500 in 2017. A little more than half of that has come from individual donations. The committee had just under $176,000 on hand as of the end of June.

Ryan’s “Team Ryan” campaign committee has reported raising nearly $33 million in 2017. 

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