Just how vast a financial advantage Jeb Bush has so far over his 2016 presidential rivals started to become clear Thursday, when Bush’s team reported its fund-raising totals as of the end of June.
Bush’s campaign, which wasn’t official until last month, collected $11.4 million, a significant number in and of itself. But it was a pro-Bush political action committee that made the big headlines: The Right to Rise USA Super PAC amassed $103 million since January, bringing the total dollars raised on Bush’s behalf to more than $114 million.
“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,” Charlie Spies, Right to Rise’s treasurer and general counsel, said in a statement.
Bush is in a far stronger financial position than any other Republican or Democratic contender. Democratic front-runner Hillary Clinton, who kicked off her candidacy two months before Bush, and her allies have raised about $69 million. Republican Sen. Ted Cruz of Texas and four Super PACs have raised more than $51 million since March.
The only two other Republicans to have disclosed their campaign hauls are retired neurosurgeon Ben Carson ($10.5 million) and former Hewlett-Packard chief executive Carly Fiorina ($4.8 million between herself and a Super PAC). Florida Sen. Marco Rubio’s total is pending, though a pro-Rubio Super PAC and political nonprofit have raised $31.8 million total.
This post has been updated.