As the first big fundraising deadline of the 2016 White House contest approaches, the major Republican contenders are scrambling to secure the money needed to keep their political ambitions alive in a crowded and still growing field.
No one is likely to top former Florida governor Jeb Bush’s fundraising even if he were to fall short of the $100 million target that his allies have predicted he will hit.
Aided by billionaire supporters, however, some of Bush’s Republican rivals have begun to tout their big hauls ahead of Tuesday’s deadline, which marks the end of the April-to-June fundraising quarter.
Texas Sen. Ted Cruz may be best positioned to claim the No. 2 spot among Republicans. Cruz, a conservative firebrand who became the first major candidate to enter the race, said he has raised more than $40 million through his campaign and the super PACs supporting his candidacy.
“The Washington money isn’t with us,” the first-term senator told USA TODAY’s Capital Download. “It comes from courageous conservatives all over the country.”
If our glorious republic is to continue and be free, conservatives are going to have to defeat both Hillary Clinton and the Republican establishment in 2016. If Jeb and Hillary are our two choices, the country is well and truly screwed. It will only be a matter of how quick the demise is. The death rattle will show up a bit later on Jeb’s watch, but not much.
One of the great things about the digital media era is that political fundraising is no longer restricted to party drones manning phone banks and bothering nice people during dinner. Candidates who don’t have the blessing of the octogenarian power players in Washington can hit up normal Americans for donations. Cruz is ahead of the non-Jeb pack because he tends to work social media better than the others, although Rand Paul and Marco Rubio are pretty good too.
It may be nauseating to many that we are even talking about Jeb at this precarious time in American history, but there is still reason to hope. The GOP really does have a wealth of candidates superior to Mrs. Bill.
None of them are named Bush, however.