Several high-profile Florida Republicans, including all three members of the Florida Cabinet, are lending their support this week to raise money for the presidential campaign of former Gov. Jeb Bush.
Chief Financial Officer Jeff Atwater, Attorney General Pam Bondi and Agriculture Commissioner Adam Putnam have been named honorary co-chairs of a $2,700 per person fundraiser scheduled for Thursday evening. The location of the event, which is set to begin at 7:30 p.m., will be provided upon RSVP.
According to the invite, hosting the event are Florida House Speaker Steve Crisafulli, Speaker designate Richard Corcoran and state Rep. Jose Oliva. Also on the guest list are Slater Bayliss, Bush’s leading Florida bundler, top adviser Sally Bradshaw and her politico husband Paul, and lobbyist David Browning of Southern Strategy Group among others.
USA TODAY reports that Bush has taken the lead in the state money race against fellow Floridian Marco Rubio, collecting over $4.7 million in-state through Sept. 30. That’s more than twice that of the freshman senator from Miami, who has amassed nearly $2.3 million from Sunshine State donors. According to the most recent Federal Election Commission reports, Floridians have given $14.8 million to presidential campaigns so far. Bush is currently sitting on a $10 million chest for the Republican primary, compared to $9.7 million for Rubio.
RSVP for the event is with Ann Herberger at [email protected] or (305) 772-4311.