Bush Super PAC Has Spent More Than $50M

There's little to show for Right to Rise's spending blitz
By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff
Posted Dec 10, 2015 12:22 AM CST

(Newser) – The Jeb Bush backers who poured more than $100 million into pro-Bush super PAC Right to Rise haven't exactly been getting a lot of bang for their buck. The group has already spent more than $49 million, not including salaries and other operating expenses, only to have its candidate's poll numbers drop to the low single figures, the Washington Post reports. The spending blitz included $18.5 million on Bush ads in New Hampshire, where Politico reports he's still stuck in sixth place. The super PAC still has more than $67 million, according to finance filings, but that may not be enough to save the Bush campaign. "You'd always rather be the one with the money," a GOP strategist tells the Post. "But clearly, this cycle we're learning that money doesn't buy you love."

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Right to Rise rolled out its first attack ad this week, which shows the Oval Office desk and warns that "the person behind this desk will have to protect your family" when "the attacks come here," CNN reports. "Will he be impulsive and reckless, like Donald Trump?" the narrator asks. "Will he have voted to dramatically weaken counterterrorism surveillance, like Ted Cruz? Will he have skipped crucial national security hearings and votes just to campaign, like Marco Rubio?" Bush, meanwhile, spent Wednesday campaigning in New Hampshire, where he told guests at a campaign event that Trump is "Barack Obama—the other version of it" because of the way both men have divided the country, NBC News reports. (Bush and other candidates have revealed their favorite TV shows.)

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