Jeb Bush walks a line between campaign and super PAC
The following is from Beth Reinhard of the Wall Street Journal:
NANTUCKET, Mass. — Darkness fell as Jeb Bush mingled with campaign donors nibbling on chips and dip, but he still had one more obligation that night. Roughly half a mile away, he was booked to headline a white-tablecloth dinner hosted by the Right to Rise super PAC on the lawn of the Westmoor Club, overlooking the croquet fields.
Private equity investor Glenn Creamer, who hosted the earlier cocktail party at his home, told about 75 donors who made the trip to the private club that they had “transitioned” from the campaign to the super PAC. Mr. Bush would leave before they talked strategy and was there as a “special guest,” he said.
“He doesn’t even have a seat at the table because he doesn’t get to stay for dinner,” Mr. Creamer told the guests.
When Mr. Bush addressed the crowd that night in August, he also delivered a disclaimer.
“I’m not an expert on super PACS,” he said of the groups that can accept unlimited donations but are required to operate independently. “But I know there can be no coordination, and it’s an I’m-not-kidding rule… I will be exiting stage left.”
Some presidential candidates are openly embracing super PACs, even helping them to raise money, giving the campaigns a connection to vast wealth with few restrictions but also risking a loss of control.