Memo on the Progress of the Paul Ryan Too Fancy Campaign

October 17, 2017

From: Charlie Kelly, Executive Director for the House Majority PAC

To: Interested Parties

Date: October 17, 2017

Subject: Memo on the Progress of the Paul Ryan Too Fancy Campaign

Paul Ryan’s a career D.C. politician who puts the rich first, and the American people know it. In fact, in a nationwide poll, 51 percent of Americans disapprove of Ryan’s job performance.

For too long, Ryan’s been given a free pass for pushing an agenda that benefits millionaires and billionaires at the expense of the middle-class. That’s why HMP recently launched a campaign exposing Paul Ryan’s agenda for what it really is, a handout to the wealthy and special interests. As part of the campaign, HMP released a digital ad highlighting the healthcare plan that Ryan pushed through the U.S. House of Representatives, the American Health Care Act (AHCA). In tandem with the digital ad, HMP launched  a “Fancy Paul Ryan” website, which highlights his horrendous agenda, from taking away healthcare to gutting consumer protections, all to give tax cuts to the ultra-rich.

Ryan’s Agenda:

Ryan owns this agenda, from trying to increase healthcare costs, to gutting consumer protections, to slashing funding for critical programs for millions of families, Ryan puts the rich first every step of the way.


Public polling is showing just how unpopular Paul Ryan is across the country. According to public polls, nationwide Paul Ryan has a job disapproval of 51 percent, and an unfavorable rating of 54 percent.

Also, in districts across the country, polling from our ally Patriot Majority USA shows just how unpopular Paul Ryan is, and how he and his out-of-touch agenda is a drag on incumbents and open seat Republican candidates. Thepolls surveyed voters in 9 critical districts, AZ-02, CA-49, CO-06, IA-01, IA-03, ME-02, MN-02, PA-06 and VA-10, and found that Paul Ryan had an average approval rating of 24 percent and a disapproval rating of 64 percent – a net negative of 40%. In the three open seats polled, PA-15, MI-11 and WA-08, Paul Ryan had an average approval rating of just 22 percent and a disapproval rating of 64 percent.

The numbers don’t lie; Paul Ryan is unpopular, and GOP House incumbents and candidates alike will pay the price at the polls next November.


HMP and other democratic and progressive groups will continue to expose Paul Ryan and his agenda for what it really is, a plan that puts the rich first while leaving the middle-class in the rearview-mirror. The American people will not stand for this, because they want their elected officials to focus on creating policies that lift up hardworking middle-class families.