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Janesville Republican Paul Ryan far ahead in fundraising race

WASHINGTON D.C. (WTAQ) - Janesville Republican Paul Ryan has raised three times as much as any other Wisconsin House incumbent for their next campaigns in 2014.

Federal records show that Ryan brought in $1.7 million to his House war chest in the first six months of this year. Individuals make up about three-fourths of Ryan’s donations, many from out of state.

He raised just over $400,000 this year from special interest political action committees.

Campaign finance director Susan Jacobson said millions of people outside of Wisconsin became familiar with Ryan’s message after he ran for vice president in 2012.

Bob Biersack of the Center for Responsive Politics says Ryan’s second term as the House Budget chair doesn’t hurt his fundraising ability, either.

Ryan is often mentioned as a 2016 presidential hopeful. A year ago, he ran for both vice president and congress, with the intent of resigning his House seat had Mitt Romney been elected to the White House.

La Crosse House Democrat Ron Kind raised the second-highest amount among the state’s 10 members of Congress this year, with $585,000.

Menomonee Falls House Republican Jim Sensenbrenner only raised $66,000, leading to speculation that he might step down in 2014. However, the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel says Sensenbrenner has already filed papers to run for 37th and 38th years in the House in next year’s elections.