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Super PACs rise in influence in 2016 campaign

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When Hillary Rodham Clinton takes the stage at fundraisers thrown by a group that wants to elect her president, she’s not presented as a White House candidate. She’s a “special guest.” When Jeb Bush raises money for a group preparing to run major parts of his all-but-certain presidential campaign, he doesn’t ask for the cash himself. And the hundreds of millions these groups will raise? They have to spend it without talking strategy with the candidates and campaigns they support.…

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Jeb Bush to speak at Liberty University on Saturday

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Jeb Bush travels to Lynchburg, Va., early Saturday morning, where the  former Florida governor will give the commencement address at Liberty University, the evangelical Christian university founded by the late Jerry Falwell. In doing so he becomes the second potential Republican presidential candidate to visit Liberty this year, following Ted Cruz, who gave an impressive 30-minute speech without notes or teleprompter assistance in the round and in front of 11,000 students back in March, when he announced his official candidacy for the…

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Mitch Perry Report for 4.28.15 — Jeb Bush. And his money.

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The Democratic National Committee’s oppo research team enjoyed poking fun at Jeb Bush yesterday, sending out an email after he was quoted in one setting over the weekend as saying that “I don’t think you need to spend $1 billion to be elected president of the United States,” while another quote attributed to him Sunday night while addressing hundreds of top donors in Miami that his organization had him saying that he “has raised more money in its first 100…

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Jeb Bush & Marco Rubio hit the road this week to raise more campaign cash

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Fresh off their visits to New Hampshire over the weekend, Marco Rubio and Jeb Bush are hitting the road to raise money this week. Rubio is in the Lone Star State over the next two days, including a fundraiser tomorrow night in Dallas hosted by George Seay, a well-connected grandson of former Texas Gov. William Clements and who served as Rick Perry’s finance chairman in 2012. Rubio will fundraise in Houston today. It’s an aggressive start for the Florida senator, who officially entered…

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Jeb Bush heads to California next week for high dollar fundraisers

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Jeb Bush is taking his fundraising tour to California next week in support of Right to Rise, the super PAC many expect will bankroll a likely presidential bid. The former governor heads to Newport Beach on March 30 for an elite $25,000-per-couple “reception and discussion” at the Pacific Club, reports Matea Gold of The Washington Post. After that, Bush heads to an event at the Bel Air home of Maria and Robert Tuttle, who served as United Kingdom ambassador under President George…

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New email has Barbara Bush changing mind on son’s White House ambition

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Barbara Bush is asserting the right to change her mind. Fox News reports on a new fundraising email where the former first lady is pitching for her son, former Gov. Jeb Bush, as he moves closer to a 2016 White House run. With the subject line “I changed my mind!” the Bush matriarch officially launches the “Run Jeb Run” fund in an announcement on Wednesday to supporters of Jeb’s Right to Rise super PAC. Jeb is “our best chance of taking back…

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Jeb Bush super PAC looks to add top GOP strategists

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Several top GOP strategists are considering joining Right to Rise, the super PAC of likely presidential candidate Jeb Bush. According to The Washington Post, a handful of select Republican Party operatives could be the nucleus of a well-funded group operating outside any official campaign, to promote Bush’s as-of-yet unannounced candidacy and tear down any challenges. At the top of the list are expert Republican pollster Neil Newhouse and advertising pro Larry McCarthy, writes Post reporter Matea Gold. Once Bush officially…

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