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Democrat Rob Zerban Q3 Fundraising Outpaces Paul Ryan

Congressman Paul Ryan's challenger in the race for the 1st District raised $200,000 more than Ryan during the third quarter of 2012.

Democrat Rob Zerban announced Thursday that his third quarter fundraising outpaced US Rep. Paul Ryan during the same time period.

According to a written release, Zerban brought in about $770,000 compared to Ryan's $566,000.

“The amount of support coming in from across the country has been absolutely overwhelming,” said Rob Zerban. “We’re seeing an unprecedented grassroots movement against Paul Ryan’s plot to gut Medicare and student loans, in favor of common-sense solutions that work for Wisconsin’s working families. At this rate, Ryan’s headed for a rude wake-up call in November.”

The statement says that 96 percent of Zerban contributors wrote checks for $100 or less. Total contributions come to about $1.97 million.

Despite this success, though, Zerban trails Ryan overall in fundraising by a margin of two-to-one. According to a story in The Journal Times, Ryan's campaign warchest comes to about $4 million.

A press release from the Ryan campaign says the congressman's fundraising balance is impressive because the campaign hasn't been actively seeking contributions since Ryan was chosen as Republican Mitt Romney's running mate.

“The outpouring of support that Congressman Ryan’s campaign has seen in recent months shows that voters are hungry for leaders capable of solving the problems we face as a nation. Congressman Ryan has done precisely that, leading with proposals that reduce our $16 trillion debt, that make our tax code more competitive, and that get our economy back on track,” said Ryan Campaign Manager Kevin Seifert in the release.

Patch and WGTD Radio still anticipate hosting a live candidates forum with both Zerban and Ryan on Oct. 25 at Gateway Technical College in Racine.

Zerban has confirmed his participation, and we have let the Ryan campaign know that the congressman can be part of the debate via Skype or video feed if he can't be there in person. We are still waiting on confirmation from Seifert about whether or not Ryan will utilize this option.

dee50 October 07, 2012 at 02:33 AM
According to politifact.com : • Mitt Romney: Says President Obama has "doubled" the deficit. — False • Mitt Romney: "Pre-existing conditions are covered under my (health care) plan." — Mostly False • Mitt Romney: "Right now, the (Congressional Budget Office) says up to 20 million people will lose their insurance as Obamacare goes into effect next year." — False • Mitt Romney: Says Barack Obama "put in place a board that can tell people ultimately what treatments they're going to receive." — Mostly False • Mitt Romney: "Pre-existing conditions are covered under my (health care) plan." - False • Mitt Romney: Right now, the (Congressional Budget Office) says up to 20 million people will lose their insurance as Obamacare goes into effect next year." - False • Mitt Romney: Says Barack Obama "put in place a board that can tell people Ultimately what treatments they're going to receive." - Mostly False • Barack Obama: Says Romney wants to add $2 trillion to the defense budget that the military hasn’t asked for. - True
dee50 October 07, 2012 at 02:34 AM
• Barack Obama: Romney "would turn Medicare into a voucher program." — Mostly True • Mitt Romney: "On Medicare for current retirees, he's cutting $716 billion from the program." - Half True • Barack Obama: Says Mitt Romney's plan "calls for a $5 trillion tax cut." - Half True "(In 2011, the CBO determined that the federal health care law would reduce Medicare outlays by $507 billion between 2012 and 2021. In a more recent estimate released this year, the CBO looked at the years 2013 to 2022 and determined the health care law affected Medicare outlays by $716 billion. So it’s timing that’s making the cuts bigger, not changes to Medicare. And the cuts are from future spending, not the program’s current budget. Romney said, "on Medicare for current retirees, (Obama) is cutting $716 billion from the program." That amount -- $716 billion -- refers to Obamacare’s reductions in Medicare spending over 10 years, primarily paid to insurers and hospitals. But the statement gives the impression that the law takes money already allocated to Medicare away from current recipients. We rate his statement Half True.)"
dee50 October 07, 2012 at 02:34 AM
According to Treasury analysis based on congressional budget office data, about 90 percent of the shift from surpluses to deficits between 2001 and 2011 is attributable to Bush administration policies and the effects of the recession. Fifty Nine Percent Of The Shift From Surplus To Deficit By 2011 Is Directly Attributable To Bush Administration Policies And Twenty Nine Is Due To Updated Economic And Demographic Shifts, While Only 12 Percent Is Attributable To Obama Administration Policies. The private sector employment has grown for 23 straight months. The economy has grown for 10 straight quarters, overall business investment is growing, corporate profits are up, as are investments in equipment and software. Exports have been a source of strength, TARP's bank programs have generated positive returns, the projected overall cost of TARP has fallen dramatically, and auto industry employment has grown. If Obama is a socialist, he is the worst socialist ever. "Unemployment falls sharply to 7.8%, a 3 1/2-year low" http://www.latimes.com/business/money/la-fi-mo-economy-jobs-20121005,0,3919543.story http://www.treasury.gov/resource-center/data-chart-center/Documents/20120229_EssentialEcon.PDF
dee50 October 07, 2012 at 02:39 AM
@Carolo, You are exactly right, but Romney told many lies... For those that say that Romney won the debate basically they are saying they support a habitual liar...
dee50 October 07, 2012 at 02:41 AM
“I don’t have a $5 trillion tax cut. I don’t have a tax cut of a scale that you’re talking about.” A Tax Policy Center analysis of Romney’s proposal for a 20 percent across-the-board tax cut in all federal income tax rates, eliminating the Alternative Minimum Tax, eliminating the estate tax and other tax reductions, would reduce federal revenue $480 billion in 2015. This amounts to $5 trillion over the decade.

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