Jeb Bush and Allies Raise $114m for 2016 Bid

WASHINGTON (AP) -

Fulfilling ambitions to raise a historic amount of money in pursuit of the White House, Republican presidential candidate Jeb Bush and his allies took full advantage of the nation’s evolving campaign finance laws to collect more than $114 million in the first six months of the year.

No candidate for president has benefited from so much money so early in a campaign.

While the total is sure to widely eclipse the fundraising hauls of Bush’s 16 major competitors for the GOP nomination, the ambitious $100 million goal — and Bush’s success at reaching it on schedule — has yet to scare any challenger from the race.

The total announced Thursday includes $103 million raised by Right to Rise, a super PAC that will support Bush in the crowded GOP contest. The rest came into Bush’s formal campaign.

The former governor of Florida is taking a unique approach to a presidential bid by delegating many operations to Right to Rise, which as a super PAC is free of the limits placed on how much money a traditional campaign can raise from individual donors.