December 22, 2014

ON NOT SETTLING FOR CHEAP IMITATIONS:

Jeb Bush's Ties to Donors Put Rivals in a Bind (PATRICK O'CONNOR and  BETH REINHARD, Dec. 21, 2014, WSJ)

Jeb Bush's announcement that he will explore a White House bid threatens years of painstaking spadework by other Republicans who have cultivated many of the wealthy donors loyal to the former Florida governor's family.

Mr. Bush is heir to a vaunted network of Republican contributors built over his family's two presidencies, his own governorship and other campaigns. It is one of the most formidable assets in GOP politics and could hamper the fund-raising of Republican potential rivals, including Florida Sen. Marco Rubio and New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie .

The donors' ties to the Bushes also could undercut possible interest in a third White House campaign by Mitt Romney . If the 2012 GOP presidential nominee runs, he would compete for the same contributors, many of whom helped finance his latest campaign.

Early signs suggest that devotion to the Bush clan may trump newer relationships.

As importantly, they aren't going to be able to woo the religious away.




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