Big donors have been named "co-chairmen" of an upcoming Coral Gables fundraiser for Jeb Bush's political action committee.
The March 9 soiree, organized by healthcare magnate Mike Fernandez, on Monday listed more than a dozen people contributing and raising money for Bush's Right to Rise PAC. A $100,000 contribution gets a donor on what the PAC calls the "Florida Executive Committee."
Fernandez wrote in an email that he intends for the reception to raise $5 million, Politico reported. About $1 million would come from him.
In addition to Fernandez and his wife, Constance, they are: businessman and longtime Bush friend Jorge Arrizurieta; Goldman Sachs VP Robert Barlick; businessman Rodney Barreto and his wife, Sheila; Tallahassee attorney and lobbyist Paul Bradshaw; healthcare executive Joe Caruncho; Ambassadors Sue and Chuck Cobb; developer (and Bush golf buddy) Ed Easton; auto executive Manny Kadre; auto executive Mario Murgado; Ambassador John Rood and former House Speaker Will Weatherford and his wife, Courtney.
More donors are expected to join the group as they make financial commitments closer to the event.
Asked about his participation, Arrizurieta, who recently swapped offices with Bush at the Biltmore Hotel to give Bush the more private third-floor space, said the excitement surrounding his friend's all-but-announced candidacy has been "pretty special."
"He's got a fleet of people who would go through walls for him," Arrizurieta said.
This post has been updated.