“We are grateful for the overwhelming response from the thousands of donors who have been drawn to Jeb’s optimistic message of conservative renewal and reform”, said Charlie Spies, the election lawyer who is advising Bush and helped Mitt Romney raise more than $150 million for Romney’s super PAC in 2012. President Obama’s super PAC, Priorities USA Action, didn’t crack $4 million in either half of 2011.
Jeb Bush has shattered political fundraising records with a $114-million haul in the first six months of the year, an extraordinary total created to instill a sense of shock and awe into his many Republican competitors.
No candidate for president has benefited from so much money so early in a campaign.
Democratic frontrunner Hillary Clinton’s campaign this month reported raising an eye-popping $45 million since she announced her candidacy on April 12.
“People have been willing to take a look, and he’s overcome the people who have said, ‘Not another Bush, ‘” Kunkler said Thursday. Once an official announcement is made, however, the candidate can no longer fundraise with a super PAC.
“I know Jeb and I am confident that Secretary Hillary will elevate the discourse,” Bush told the audience at his presidential center in Dallas.
Bush’s fundraising news also mark a defining moment in a new campaign finance landscape that has grown up in the wake of the Supreme Court’s 2010 decision in Citizens United to allow Super PACs, or outside spending groups, to raise unlimited sums for political purposes so long as they did not coordinate directly with candidates’ individual campaigns.
That exceeds the Bush operation’s unofficial goal of a decisive $100 million-plus showing in the early race for deep-pocket donors. Bush had roughly 500 donors contribute more than $25,000, according to figures released by his super PAC Thursday. Contributions to the formal campaign are limited to checks of no more than $2,700 for the primary and general election.
Right to Rise will develop Internet, mobile and television advertising by following closely what Bush says in public, according to aides who spoke on the condition of anonymity to discuss private strategy.
In three of the eight years Bush was governor, Florida did gain more net jobs than any other state, regardless of size, FactCheck.org reports. While in Maine, Bush was also expected to “huddle with top donors and bundlers” and further add to his campaign’s account, CNN predicted.
Matt Yglesias points out that the 1990s were the last time we saw regular GDP growth at or above 4%, and the Clinton years did include an increase in average annual hours.
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