Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush announced Tuesday he is exploring a bid for president in 2016 with help from a new leadership PAC.
"In January, I also plan to establish a Leadership PAC that will help me facilitate conversations with citizens across America to discuss the most critical challenges facing our exceptional nation," Bush wrote in a Facebook post . "The PAC’s purpose will be to support leaders, ideas and policies that will expand opportunity and prosperity for all Americans."
For Bush, the PAC will mark a continuation of his efforts for GOP candidates. The Republican traversed the country in 2014, helping raise money for more than a dozen GOP governors and gubernatorial candidates, as well as 13 Senate hopefuls.
The GOP nearly swept the Senate map to pick up nine seats and win control of the chamber for the first time since 2006.
According to a Bush spokeswoman, the former governor held events for:
- Incoming Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, who faced a GOP primary and later a general election fight against Kentucky Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes.
- Sen. Pat Roberts, R-Kan., who faced a competitive re-election against a wealthy businessman Greg Orman, an independent candidate.
- Sen. Lamar Alexander, R-Tenn., who successfully warded off a primary from a tea party-aligned state legislator.
- Sen.-elect Thom Tillis, R-N.C., who defeated Democratic Sen. Kay Hagan in one of the most expensive Senate contests in history.
- Sen.-elect Bill Cassidy, who defeated Democratic Sen. Mary L. Landrieu in a runoff in Louisiana earlier this month.
- Sen.-elect Tom Cotton, who defeated Democratic Sen. Mark Pryor in Arkansas.
- Sen.-elect Joni Ernst, who defeated Democratic Rep. Bruce Braley in an open-seat contest in Iowa.
- Sen.-elect Cory Gardner, who ousted Democratic Sen. Mark Udall in Colorado.
- Sen.-elect Dan Sullivan, who beat Democratic Sen. Mark Begich in Alaska.
- Former Sen. Scott Brown, R-Mass., who lost a competitive race against Sen. Jeanne Shaheen, D-N.H.
- Former Republican National Committee Chairman Ed Gillespie, who lost a surprisingly close contest to Sen. Mark Warner, D-Va.
- Former Michigan Secretary of State Terri Lynn Land, who lost to Democratic Sen.-elect Gary Peters in the Wolverine State
- Surgeon Monica Wehby, who lost to Sen. Jeff Merkley, D-Ore.
He also raised cash for the GOP campaign committees. Those include two fundraisers for the RNC, four for the National Republican Senatorial Committee and one for the National Republican Congressional Committee, as well as for the GOP state parties in Colorado, Connecticut and Ohio.
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