One of the top names in national Republican politics – Rep. Paul D. Ryan of Wisconsin – will highlight a June 2 fundraiser for Rep. Chris Collins and other GOP congressional efforts in East Aurora.
Collins said the House Budget Committee chairman and 2012 vice presidential nominee will appear at the estate of Jeremy M. Jacobs Jr. to raise money for the Collins campaign, his new leadership political action committee, and the National Republican Congressional Committee.
“He told me just the other day, he has not been to Buffalo since he was a kid,” Collins said of Ryan, “and as a protégé of Jack Kemp, he really wants to come to Jack Kemp’s town.”
Sources close to the event say organizers hope to raise as much as $350,000 for the Collins campaign and the other GOP entities that all aim to elect more Republicans to the House. Collins has proven adept during his short time in Congress at attracting top names to the area to raise money for the GOP, including House Speaker John A. Boehner, of Ohio, last year and Majority Leader Erie Cantor, of Virginia, earlier this year.
“It speaks well for the 27th Congressional District and where I stand with the leadership in helping the GOP grow our majority,” Collins said. “I want to be part of the team.”
Collins established a PAC in February called CHRISPAC, or Congressional House Republicans In Service, which he launched in conjunction with Cantor’s appearance at a local fund raising event. Since then the leadership PAC – a concept normally associated with top House members – gave $20,000 to GOP congressional candidates, including $2,000 to David W. Jolly, the Florida Republican who recently won a special election for a vacant House seat.
Others involved in the June event include businessmen Paul J. Harder, Anthony H. Gioia and William T. Gacioch, all of whom have backed Collins in the past.