Rep. Paul Ryan, R-Wis., knows he's at the top of target lists in 2012. The House Budget Committee Chairman is continuing to pad his coffers for his anticipated showdown with Democrat Rob Zerban.
Ryan raised nearly $900,000 in the second quarter of 2011, according to his filing with the Federal Election Commission on Friday. The cash infusion leaves him with an imposing $3.8 million in his war chest.
The majority of his fundraising --$744,000 -- appears to have come from individual donors within the Badger State. He took in $149,000 from political action committees and spent just $220,000 in the past three months.
Seeing a rare opportunity in this swing district to knock off Ryan thanks to his controversial budget proposal that would revamp Medicare, Zerban has emerged as one of Democrats' most highly touted recruits. The Kenosha County supervisor boasted last month he'll have "a big number" when his first FEC report is filed.
The total is expected to be larger than any of Ryan's previous opponents has ever raised total - but with Ryan not facing a tough challenger since he was first elected in 1998, that benchmark isn't hard to surpass.
For more on Zerban's challenge to Ryan, check out my feature from last month.