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Two Republican-linked organizations set a new in-house off-year fundraising record in 2017.

The American Action Network, an advocacy group, and Congressional Leadership Fund, a super PAC, announced Tuesday that they raised $66 million last year. The Congressional Leadership Fund has more than $15 million in the bank, according to a news release. 

By comparison, the Congressional Leadership Fund raised $497,000 in 2015 — the last off-year. 

Corry Bliss, executive director of the American Action Network and Congressional Leadership Fund, attributed the fundraising haul to the leadership of House Speaker Paul Ryan and the Republicans' conservative agenda. 

"AAN is well-prepared to continue to promote the conservative policies of House leadership, and CLF is ready to ensure Republicans maintain the majority in 2018," he said. 

The American Action Network was active during tax negotiations in Congress. The group invested more than $24 million to support the passage of the GOP tax plan. The expenditures included digital and television ad campaigns targeting voters in Republican districts across the country, including New York. 

Bliss also noted that the Congressional Leadership Fund has established 27 field offices in House districts across the U.S. The super PAC has an office in the 24th Congressional District, which includes all of Cayuga, Onondaga and Wayne counties, plus the western portion of Oswego County. 

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