Big-Money Special Interests Seed Rubio With $40 Million Right Out Of The Gate

by Reuters
April 18, 2015

It’s as good as in the bank. “Marco Rubio will have the resources necessary to run a first-class campaign, that’s already been determined,” said billionaire Florida auto dealer Norman Braman, a former Jeb Bush supporter who is now one of Rubio’s highest-silhouette donors.

Annandale Capital founder George Seay, who is hosting a Rubio fundraiser with the moneyed Dallas elite at his 7,000-square-foot, seven-bath home on Tuesday, said: “Marco has had zero trouble raising money.”

At least seven other Rubio mega donors say their candidate has already received monetary commitments in excess of the $40 million he will likely need to battle through a presidential primary season that will feature a crowd of seasoned Republican candidates with strong financial backing.

Rubio’s whirlwind money-raising comes after a network of Senator Ted Cruz super PACs raked in $31 million following Cruz’s announcement in March that he was seeking the Republican presidential nomination.


5 Comments - what are your thoughts?

  • Sheileagh says:

    We ALL need to get over digging up old crap & holding it up in public for everyone else to get a whiff of! OK, so Rubio belonged to the “Gang of 8″…! & how long ago was that? Have none of us ever made decisions at an earlier time in our lives that we changed our minds about later? Smart people, do not stubbornly sick to an old determination, without re-examining that determination & readjusting their perspectives to meet the new situations & times. Because we live in an ever evolving world, we must also evolve… i.e. CHANGE, in order to better deal with current situations.

    As far as funding goes. Well, for cripes sakes, how else can ANYONE run for ANY important office ANYWHERE in the world, without financial backing? To deride any person for receiving legal funds from a legitimate source is totally ridiculous & uncalled for.

    We need to be concentrating on what each of the candidates can do FOR America & undo, or at least lessen, the severity of the plethora of problems that this nefariously dysfunctional administration has burdened our country with. We do not need to be wasting our energy on trying to find fault with any candidate for idiotic reasons… that is just asinine!

  • Holice Pender says:

    Elda, I’m in agreement to some degree with you, but you have to remember sad, but true, big money is behind all politicians. I have said for a long time, I would love to see the government set aside a certain amt. of money, say 2 billion dollars, to be used equally between the dems. & repubs., to buy TV time. Out of the fund, would be tv ads, couple tv debates, say three mos. prior to voting day. If they run out of money, tuff, if any monies left over it goes back into the general fund. This way, it would cut down on so much B/S mud-slinging & the public would not have to hear the same stale messages over & over. I say, let them get their message out there, then shut up about it & then LET THE PEOPLE pick the winner. We truly need campaign reform. I am fed up with big money men or corporations electing whom I want for POTUS. A man who drives a garbage truck, should be financially as able to run as someone who might be worth millions, so long as he is the choice of the people.

  • pompey says:

    True conservatives will not support this man because of his involvement in the “gang of eight” amnesty debacle. Perhaps he can win without that support but it would be a first if he did.

  • elda says:

    When I read several days ago that Rubio had $40 million already my first thought was he is already bought and paid for and I am not interested. I am tired of electing people that care only for the big money and what they want. I will vote for the guy that gets all his campaign finds from the common people like me. I would feel much better if our next president were a retired military man and I really don’t think any big money would be interested in funding them.

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