A new super PAC, Millennials for Jeb
, has been organized to build support among young voters for the 2016 candidacy of the former Florida governor.
According to The Washington Post
, 21-year-old Lucas Agnew from Claremont McKenna College in Southern California launched the initiative after a visit by the Ready for Hillary bus to his campus.
Clinton supporters "have a huge presence already, especially on college campuses," Agnew told the Post, admitting that there is not yet a groundswell of support for Bush on campus.
"I think a lot of my friends are like the average millennial and not too politically involved," he said, according to the Post. "Obviously, people know the last name. The goal is to get people to see past the last name and look at who Jeb Bush is as a candidate."
He filed the paperwork with the Federal Election Commission last month.
"I hope this is the start of a counteraction by millennial Republicans," he told the Post. "We're just focusing on Jeb, not trying to say anything about Hillary."
Agnew said he admired Bush for his positions on education reform and immigration, and for his refusal to modify his stances at the behest of the conservative base, which takes a different view.
"I really respect that," he said.
Agnew said that he does not know Bush or anyone in his political operation. He said the group intends to use 15 percent of its funds for voter registration and the remainder of its resources to run an aggressive social media campaign.
"Our goal is to create pro-Jeb content with the intent that it goes viral," he said.
The group already has a website with the strapline, "Jeb is Ready. Are you?" and an online store selling "Jeb the Thinker" T-shirts and flasks. And the PAC has already received its first donation of $250, according to the Post.
"I don't really have a budget," Agnew told the Post. "We're just hoping to raise as much as we can."
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