The goal: $100 million. Final tally: $103 million. Final tally of PAC and campaign: $114 million in six months.
That’s the report Thursday from Right to Rise USA, the PAC lined up with former Florida Governor Jeb Bush (see Eli Stokol’s Jeb’s haul: $114 million in Politico). It’s an historic goal in presidential campaigns — an aggressive, optimistic goal that was exceeded. That’s good news for Jeb Bush and his supporters.
An email from Right to Rise USA’s Finance Director Mason Fink announced the news:
Right to Rise USA is happy to announce we have raised a historic $103,000,000. This success would not have been possible without you and we thank you for your generous support. You can read more about Right to Rise USA’s strong financial support on our website. Thank you again for everything you’ve done to help our team. We look forward to continuing to work with you to support Governor Jeb Bush.
News outlets picked up on the haul Thursday afternoon (see Jeb Bush’s Money Juggenaut: $114 million and counting):
It appears Bush raised even more than what was disclosed on Thursday. That mammoth figure still doesn’t include a third political committee in Bush’s orbit, the Right to Rise PAC Inc. When Bush first announced last December that he was “actively” exploring a presidential run, he said he was forming a PAC to help promote “leaders, ideas and policies.” Neither the super PAC nor campaign responded to an inquiry about the other PAC’s fundraising figures in 2015.
The former Florida governor, as the son and brother of the last two Republican presidents, has long been expected to be the top fundraiser in the GOP field. His campaign team had downplayed talk of raising $100 million since the figure was first floated months ago, but in the end they blew past that figure by 14 percent.
And the race continues.