Paul Ryan Courts Major Donors In Jackson Hole

Juliegrace Brufke | Capitol Hill Reporter

House Speaker Paul Ryan discussed the Republican party’s policy agenda and the importance of holding the House during a retreat with more than 100 major donors in Jackson Hole, Wyo., Tuesday and Wednesday.

Politico first reported the event was filled with attendees that remain skeptical of Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump, but talks remained positive, largely focusing on the GOP’s “A Better Way” blueprint to implement a more conservative approach on issues ranging form taxes to national security.

Liz Cheney – daughter of former Vice President Dick Cheney and recent primary race winner for Wyoming’s sole House congressional seat – spoke about the nominee during an appearance at the event, according to the publication.

Several of the donor’s who gave substantial amounts of money to 2012 nominee Mitt Romney – including Hedge fund managers Paul Singer and Julian Robertson – have been vocal about their hesitation to support Trump, but have given to a number of contentious down-ballot races.

Congressional leadership has cautioned holding the legislative branch is far from an absolute, upping fundraising efforts in an attempt to keep control of both chambers. The Washington Post projects the GOP has an 85 percent shot at holding the House, but just a 38 percent chance of keeping the majority in the Senate.

The annual Jackson Hole meeting is a tradition spearheaded by former Speaker of the House John Boehner.

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