When Jeb Bush's political donors gather Sunday and Monday in Houston for a pow-wow with the struggling candidate and his top campaign staff, there will be a parallel meeting waiting for them in town.
Right to Rise USA, the super PAC backing Bush, has invited key contributors to its own set of meetings in Houston, the Miami Herald has learned. A super PAC spokesman, Paul Lindsay, confirmed that the meetings will take place.
Federal law prohibits campaigns from "coordinating" with super PACs. Prior to declaring his candidacy, Bush fundraised extensively for Right to Rise, so the group knew who Bush's donors were -- and how to reach them -- before the candidate had to publicly disclose them.
Bush's campaign made deep financial cuts Friday ahead of the Houston gathering, as Bush has continued to drop in polls. Super PAC chief Mike Murphy, a longtime Bush adviser, has dismissed early surveys. Yet the super PAC nevertheless paid for a new national ad this week to try to ease donors' concerns.