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Fine, Jeb, I won’t donate that other $998,000

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The check is definitely not in the mail.

That’s right, that check for $998,000 to Jeb Bush’s Right to Rise political committee has been ripped up. The money is staying in my bank account.

Is this because I was disappointed with Bush’s performance at CPAC? Nope.

Do I think someone else, like, say, Scott Walker, is a better choice for president? No, not at all.

I canceled that six-figure check a) because I am six figures short of being able to write it and b) that’s what Jeb wants.

As Matea Gold of The Washington Post reported on Wednesday, Bush’s operation is so awash in cash that it is asking donors to not give more than $1 million right away.

The move reflects concerns among Bush advisers that accepting massive sums from a handful of uber-rich supporters could fuel a perception that the former governor is in their debt.

So even as Bush is headlining a series of high-dollar events for a super PAC backing his bid, fundraisers have been instructed not to ask donors to give more than $1 million per person this quarter.

And here I was ready to cut a check for $1,000,001! But if Jeb World thinks the best thing to do is build as broad a pool of donors, who am I to second guess that strategy?

So, fine, Jeb, I’ll do whatever you ask. I’ll put my wallet back in my pocket.

Sure, I had only contributed to date $2,000, so why would anyone expect me to pony up $998,000 more? Well, after Wednesday, I guess no one will ever know.

Meanwhile, it looks like the bazillionaires in this country accustomed to writing checks for however much they want will have to look for another candidate.

Where’s Newt Gingrich when you need him.

Peter Schorsch is the President of Extensive Enterprises and is the publisher of some of Florida’s most influential new media websites, including,,, and Sunburn, the morning read of what’s hot in Florida politics. SaintPetersBlog has for three years running been ranked by the Washington Post as the best state-based blog in Florida. In addition to his publishing efforts, Peter is a political consultant to several of the state’s largest governmental affairs and public relations firms. Peter lives in St. Petersburg with his wife, Michelle, and their daughter, Ella.

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