Jeb Bush’s political action committee announced Friday that it’s delivered more than $120,000 to Republican candidates and early primary states as the former Florida governor launches an aggressive fund raising bid and potential run for the Republican presidential nomination.
Bush’s Right to Rise gave $10,000 each to the Republican parties in states that play outsize roles in the primaries and early presidential contest including Florida, Iowa, Nevada, New Hampshire and South Carolina.
Bush also gave $5,200 to Sens. Kelly Ayotte, N.H.; Richard Burr, N.C.; Chuck Grassley, Iowa; Rob Portman, Ohio; Tim Scott, S.C. and Reps. Barbara Comstock, Va.; Trey Gowdy, S.C.; Frank Guinta, N.H.; Joe Heck, Nevada; Mia Love, Utah; Martha McSally, Ariz.; Elise Stefanik, N.Y.; David Young, Iowa; and Lee Zeldin, N.Y.
Bush, who serves as honorary chair of his committee, said in a statement he was “proud to support great conservative candidates who are committed to renewing America's promise by expanding opportunity and igniting upward mobility in our country.”
The distributions come as Bush gears up a formidable fund raising operation. Bush was to raise money on Wall Street Wednesday at what Politico called an “eye-popping $100,000 per-ticket Park Avenue event hosted by private equity mogul Henry Kravis and his wife.”
The Sunlight Foundation notes the committee has at least two events next week, including one in Washington, D.C., hosted by BGR Group, a mostly Republican lobbying group founded by former Mississippi Gov. and Republican National Committee chairman Haley Barbour.