Friday, July 19, 2019 2:20 pm
National GOP leader in town to raise money
BRIAN FRANCISCO | The Journal Gazette
U.S. House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy, R-Calif., was in Fort Wayne Thursday night to raise funds for Republican congressional campaigns ahead of the 2020 election.
Rep. Jim Banks, R-3rd, said Friday about two dozen people attended the fundraising dinner at Park Place on Main. He said the event was organized by local party activist and financier Bill Bean, who owns the downtown restaurant.
Banks said the dinner raised $200,000 for a GOP national campaign committee.
"The donor base in northeast Indiana is fired up to win back the House for a Republican majority, and that showed last night in the enormous financial support for those efforts," Banks said in an interview.
Democrats captured a comfortable majority of House seats in the 2018 election after Republicans had controlled the chamber since 2011.
McCarthy, then the House majority leader, was the keynote speaker at the Allen County Republican Party's yearly Reagan Bean Dinner in 2017.