Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush is scheduled to hold meetings in Washington, D.C., next week with several dozen lobbyists, trade association executives, and campaign money bundlers, Politico
He intends to use coverage of the visit to assert his position in the face of the probable entry of Mitt Romney into the race. The 2012 Republican nominee has moved forcefully to lock down financial and professional support.
Analysts see the two men, along with New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, as competing for same support base.
Bush, who has recently been fundraising in the New York metro area and California
, will likely use the G Street offices of the National Association of Wholesaler-Distributors as the venue for Washington meetings, according to an invitation emailed to invitees, Politico reported.
The purpose of the these sessions is to outline why he wants to be president and seek commitments from bundlers and political operatives.
Politico also reported that Bush staffers have begun planning a $5,000 per person gathering as part of a $1 million fundraising effort.
Bush wants to gather together enough financial and other support to "scare other candidates out of the race," according to The New York Times
. He has taken part in 14 events over three days partly to set the stage for follow-up fundraising.
At a California fundraiser for his Right to Rise super PAC, Bush captured the support of several contributors and operatives who had been Romney backers in 2012, CNN
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