Jeb Bush’s new political action committee has sent more than $122,000 to candidates and political parties in early voting states, the group announced Friday, as the former Florida governor works to establish early dominance over a crowded field of likely Republican contenders for the White House.
“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 statement about the Right to Rise PAC’s first round of contributions.
The brother of former President George W. Bush and son of former President George H.W. Bush has emerged as an early frontrunner in what could be a crowded Republican field in the 2016 presidential election.
Bush’s political committee, Right to Rise, announced it was handing out $10,000 to Republican state parties in Iowa, New Hampshire, South Carolina, Nevada and Florida – states that will be among the first to hold nominating contests in the 2016 primaries that decide the party candidates for the election.
His committee also gave out $5,200, the legal maximum, to 14 Republican lawmakers. Among the recipients: Senator Chuck Grassley and Representative David Young of Iowa; Senator Kelly Ayotte and Representative Frank Guinta of New Hampshire; and Senator Tim Scott and Representative Trey Gowdy of South Carolina.
Bush has not yet formally declared his candidacy, but he has been aggressively raising money through his political action committee in a bid to secure the support of wealthy donors and party insiders.
“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,” he said in a statement.