WASHINGTON (AP) — Jeb Bush's fundraising network is two generations in the making, and it shows.
About half of the roughly $120 million raised to help him win the Republican presidential nomination comes from donors who previously gave to his brother or father, both former presidents, according to a new analysis of Federal Election Commission records by Crowdpac.com, a nonpartisan political research company.
The finding puts a numerical exclamation point on the advantage Bush's presidential family gives him when it comes to fundraising.
In Crowdpac's review of named contributors to three political committees helping Bush, $59.2 million came from first-time Bush donors, while $60.3 million came from returning donors to the earlier campaigns of President George W. Bush, President George H.W. Bush or both.