Jeb Bush will spend Sunday and Monday on South Beach mingling with more than 350 financial backers, who will get a chance to get to know each other -- and the presidential candidate-in-waiting and his team -- before a formal campaign begins.
The two-day donor conference at the posh new 1Hotel, where rooms can go for more than $700 a night, will include briefings with top Bush advisers Sally Bradshaw, David Kochel and Mike Murphy, who head his political action committee, Right to Rise.
Also on the program are panel discussions, including on the PAC's efforts to reach communities outside of the Republican Party's usual comfort zone. In addition to visiting early GOP primary states, Bush , the bilingual former Florida governor, has traveled to less-visited liberal-leaning or purple states, such as Colorado, Massachusetts, New York and, next week, Puerto Rico.
On Sunday, Bush will have lunch with the winner of a contest that, according to the PAC, drew 12,331 entries. Contestants had to enter their name to vie for an expenses-paid trip to the Beach (and "Lunch with Jeb").