- 19 октября 2016, 01:21
- POLITICO. Top Stories
North Carolina GOP Rep. Patrick McHenry, the chief deputy majority whip, has raised and given out nearly $5 million for his fellow Republicans this cycle.
McHenry — first elected to Congress in 2004 — has raised nearly $3 million for candidates and incumbents at 135 events, said a source close to the North Carolina Republican. He has donated almost $700,000 to members directly from his leadership PAC, More Conservatives PAC, and transferred over $1.2 million to the National Republican Congressional Committee from his reelection campaign, Federal Election Commission records show.
McHenry serves on the Financial Services Committee as well as being in leadership, and he has built strong ties to the banking industry, which is a major player in North Carolina.
The 41-year-old McHenry, chosen by Majority Whip Steve Scalise (R-La.) as his top lieutenant, gets good grades from his fellow Republicans, and he is seen as having the potential to move up the leadership ladder.
With the GOP majority suddenly in danger as Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump's poll numbers have tanked, Republican incumbents are using their financial muscle to try to head off Democrats' attempt to win back the House.
"In 2014, the American people elected one of the largest and most diverse House Republican majorities in a generation and since then, we've been hard at work on behalf of the American people," McHenry said in a statement. "My efforts - and my team's efforts - over the past year have been focused on protecting this historic majority and ensuring our team has the resources we need to win in November."