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George P. Bush's Visibility Rises With PAC Donations

George P. Bush's Visibility Rises With PAC Donations

By Erin McPike - July 18, 2012


George P. Bush's political action committee, MavPAC, is ponying up a second round of donations to various Republican campaigns.

The latest contributions follow a rise in visibility for the son of former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush. He recently appeared on CNN's "The Situation Room" and told host Wolf Blitzer that his father was not being vetted to be Mitt Romney's vice president.

But even though that means Jeb Bush probably won’t get the VP nominee’s Wednesday night speaking slot at the GOP convention next month, he’s sure to get plenty of attention when the political world descends on his state for the four-day event. And that is certain to boost his son, whose political aspirations include trying to bring a younger generation of voters into the party.

Not surprisingly, Mitt Romney -- who has been outpacing President Obama’s fundraising over the past two months -- got the biggest check ($5,000) from MavPAC.

Getting half that amount are Steve Southerland, Adam Hasner, Tom Cotton, Mia Love, Abel Maldonado, Richard Tisei and Dean Heller -- many of whom have some connection to Romney and the presidential election.

Ann Romney recently endorsed Love, a black Republican who is challenging Democratic Rep. Jim Matheson in Utah. Tisei is a Massachusetts Republican and has connections to the Romney campaign as a result. Hasner, who was initially seeking a Senate seat, is running in a new House district in Florida against Democrat Lois Frankel; winning there could help Romney in the Sunshine State, which he needs to win. Heller is running in a competitive Senate race in Nevada, another important presidential battleground.

Southerland, Maldonado and Cotton are seeking House seats in Florida, California and Arkansas, respectively.

Another Florida congressman, Daniel Webster, is getting $1,500 from MavPAC, as is David Rouzer, who is running in a battleground district in the important swing state of North Carolina. George Allen, who is locked in a competitive Senate race with Democrat Tim Kaine in the equally critical state of Virginia, also is receiving $1,500.

Sean Duffy, a Wisconsin Republican congressman, will get $1,000, as will Rick Snuffer, who is challenging Democratic Rep. Nick Rahall in West Virginia.

That brings the total amount of MavPAC’s donations to date to $58,500. 

Erin McPike is a national political reporter for RealClearPolitics. She can be reached at emcpike@realclearpolitics.com. Follow her on Twitter @ErinMcPike.

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