Jeb Bush was in Richmond Monday even as snow fell on Virginia’s capital city. The former Florida governor was headlining a fundraiser at the Jefferson Hotel for the Republican State Leadership Committee, a group that has raised tens of millions of dollars for down-ballot candidates (see Jeb Bush aids down-ballot Republicans by Tarina Parti with Politico):
With snow coating downtown Richmond, Bush headlined an event here at the historic Jefferson Hotel to raise money for the Republican State Leadership Committee — which focuses on down-ballot races. The event, which was closed to the media, cost donors $25,000 to host and $5,000 to attend the reception, according to an invitation.
“This was an effort to raise money for the RSLC which is the group that raises money for state legislative candidates, which I am big supporter of,” Bush said in a quick interview with POLITICO as he left the Jefferson. He added that the RSLC’s efforts furthered “the conservative cause.”
Bush’s PAC, Right to Rise, announced last week it had transferred more than $120,000, including $10,000 each to the Republican Party in early primary and caucus states — Iowa, New Hampshire, South Carolina, Nevada — and Florida. He also sent money to several senators and House members up for reelection in 2016 in key presidential states.
“I’m proud to support great conservative candidates who are committed to renewing America’s promise by expanding opportunity and igniting upward mobility in our country,” Bush said in a previous statement about his contributions. “In the coming months, our PAC will continue to support conservative candidates and conservative policies that will ensure all Americans have the right to rise.”