Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush's 2016 race for the White House is turning into a family affair, with his son, Jeb Bush, Jr., set to try his hand at fundraising.
The younger Bush, Politico notes
, is the featured guest at a fundraiser on Feb. 11 at Mission restaurant in Washington, D.C.'s DuPont Circle to gather money to help his dad finance his potential campaign.
Given Bush Sr.'s Mexican-born wife Columba's heritage, the former governor's stance on immigration reform and Jeb Jr.'s involvement in immigration and Hispanic affairs, the south-of-the-border theme of Mission is particularly suitable.
Bush Jr., Politico notes, is co-founder of Sunpac in Florida, a Hispanic outreach program, and serves on the board of the National Immigration Forum.
The fundraiser is to be hosted by 70 Washington young Republicans, including Olga Arguello of Ellos Global Consulting, Mission's owner Fritz Brogan, Ryan Bradel of Greenberg Traurig, MacKay Jimeson of Pfizer, Brian McCormack of Edison Electric Institute, and others including Wendy Grant, Clare Murchison, David Powers, Evan Bergwall, Clint Fuhrman, Carlos Guiterrez Jr., Peter Marroco and Carl Meachum.
It will cost just $50 to hear Bush Jr. speak, but if you're in Washington and want to listen to his dad, you'll have to fork over between $1,000-$10,000, depending on whether you want to be a mere attendee or a co-host, for the former governor's appearance at BGR Group on Feb. 17.
A second fundraiser that night will be held at the home of Laura and Jamie Wareham in McLean, Virginia, co-hosted by top Republicans Christine Ciccone, Ty Cobb, Julie Finley, Kimberley Fritts, C. Boyden Gray, Ann and Tom Korologos, Jack Oliver and Ashley Davis, Veronica Angula, John Estes, David Aufhauser, Jane Tucker and Iggy Sanchez. This fundraiser costs attendees $5,000, but a photo reception goes for $10,000 and a co-host kicks in $25,000, Politico reports
Bush's fundraising efforts are ramping up since he kicked the 2016 presidential season into high gear by getting off to an early start with his superPAC "Right to Rise" and leadership PAC, the Miami Herald reports.
"Bush's decision to start up a PAC put pressure on Romney and other candidates to move up their time table," the Herald stated
Since one-time candidate Mitt Romney dropped out, Bush already has been picking up his former supporters, such as Charlie Spies, who ran a PAC that raised $156 million for Romney in 2012 and signed on with Bush before Romney quit the race, the Herald notes, and David Kochel, former Romney Iowa advisor, Fox News reports
"Obama's bumbling presidency has made it clear we need a president with executive leadership experience," Spies told the Herald. "The world would be much different and safer if Gov. Romney won and was president today, but politics is about timing. Gov. Bush is now rising to the moment and I hope he decides to run."
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