$103 million in first half of 2015
$15 million in the second half of 2015
How the mightily-funded have fallen.
Back in July, Right to Rise, the super PAC that formed to boost Jeb Bush’s presidential bid, announced it had hauled in a staggering $103 million in the first half of the year. The sum was intended in part to intimidate the rest of a still-forming field and their potential donors into believing that the nomination of the former Florida governor was an inevitability.
Obviously, a lot’s changed since. The account on Sunday night reported that its collections in the second half of the year sagged to $15.1 million, a stark comment on Bush’s diminished standing.
The lion’s share of that total came in a $10 million check from C.V. Starr, an insurance agency operator headed by former AIG CEO Hank Greenberg. Only one other donor forked over a contribution greater than six figures — Morton Bouchard, the CEO of an oil barge company, gave $1 million. That’s a far cry from last spring, when Bush fundraisers advised eager donors to limit their contributions to $1 million so as to avoid a possible public relations headache if the account raise too much money