put his auctioneering talents to use last week, raising money for the National Republican Congressional Committee.
Speaker of the House John Boehner contributed $1.5 million to the NRCC to get things started:
Boehner’s Ohio delegation pledged $3 million in addition to his donation, including $500,000 from Rep. Pat Tiberi and $250,000 each from Reps. Steve Stivers and Jim Jordan.
After the announcements were made inside a monthly fund-raising meeting at the Republican National Committee, Rep. Billy Long (R-Mo.), a former auctioneer, stood up to reprise his former profession and secured several more pledges from rank-and-file members, according to two people in the room.