Boehner: $40 million fundraiser _ and counting

LINCOLN, N.D. (AP) — House Speaker John Boehner's fundraising skills are in a class of their own, helping him raise more than $43 million for accounts under his direct control and helping to raise tens of millions more to help Republican allies.

Boehner accounts for about one-fifth of the cash collected by House Republicans' campaign arm. Boehner has written almost $18 million in checks to the National Republican Congressional Committee.

And he is spending his August recess on a 14-state bus tour to help the GOP, raising millions more at fundraisers for candidates, including one Friday night in North Dakota for first-term Rep. Kevin Cramer.

By the time Boehner returns to Washington, he will have traveled 6,000 miles and appeared at campaign events for 20 Republicans candidates.

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