George W. Bush had Rangers and Pioneers in 1999-2000.
Now, Jeb Bush will use NASA-related nomenclature like Apollo, Endeavor and Voyager to signify high-level financial bundlers bringing large contributions to his campaign.
The programs are being announced less than a week after it was reported that through his super PAC or through contributions to his direct campaign, Bush has raised nearly $119 million, by far blowing away the rest of the Republican presidential field when it comes to financial contributions. All but 10 percent of that were funds that went directly to either his leadership pac, or Right to Rise, the super PAC that began collecting unlimited donations back in December, when Bush first announced he would be exploring a candidacy.
As a candidate, Bush himself can only fundraise and spend money that goes directly to his own presidential campaign, which is why there will now be at least 23 planned fundraisers taking place through mid-September, including one this Friday night in Las Vegas hosted by Jeb Bush Jr.
When George W. Bush ran for president in 1999-2000, he created (or pioneered, if you will) the system of encouraging donors to bundle campaign contributions by giving them titles like Rangers, Pioneers and Super Rangers. He also created a Mavericks program in 2004 to reward young financial donors.