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'16 at 30 THOUSAND
Benjamins. Bones. Bucks. Whatever you call 'em, Jeb Bush can now say that he has a LOT of'em for his 2016 run. As one of us(!) reports, Bush amassed $11.4 million for his campaign in just 16 days, and superPAC Right to Rise collected a whopping -- no, your eyes do not deceive you -- $103 million for the first half of the year. The big haul is more than twice that of his closest GOP competitor so far, Ted Cruz, who is expected to pull in about $51 million between his campaign and multiple super PACs. Say what you will about what sometimes looks like tepid enthusiasm for Bush, or the candidate's occasional penchant for unforced errors (the latest of which, by the way, has been conveniently nudged out of the headlines by stories about his gobs of cash.) No one is going to look at that number and think Jeb Bush is anything but THE guy to beat. AND/BUT: It's also worth remembering, Mitt Romney and Rudy Giuliani won the money race early in 2007 but got beaten out by John McCain, so the cash haul by no means suggests that this thing is close to over, either.
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POPPING ON NBC POLITICS
- Right to Rise, the super PAC supporting Republican presidential candidate Jeb Bush, says it has raised a whopping $103 million in the first half of this year -- and that’s on top of the $11.4 million he raised in 16 days for his official campaign.
- Republicans are racing to address perceptions that the GOP is not sufficiently diverse and racially tolerant, but they’re getting some resistance from within their own party, NBC’s Perry Bacon Jr. writes.
- Republicans are increasingly concerned that Donald Trump’s immigration comments could damage the GOP in 2016 - not just in the presidential race - but in the battle for Senate control, NBC’s Alex Jaffe writes.
- Alex Moe reports that House Republicans have scrapped a planned vote on Confederate flag imagery.
- ICYMI from NBC’s Frank Thorp: Lindsey Graham says he’s keeping Trump’s campaign contribution.
CAMPAIGN QUICK READS
CLINTON: She gets three Pinocchios from the Washington Post for her claim that “everything I did was permitted” when it comes to her email server.
RUBIO: Per CNN: “Marco Rubio's super PAC will pre-buy a series of television ads in the first three nominating states, an early move designed to give Rubio an edge in the heated ad wars, a source familiar with the plan said.”
TRUMP: After reports that RNC chief Reince Priebus called him to tell him to “tone it down,” Trump suggested that the call had been largely congratulatory.
He hired former Apprentice contestant Tana Goertz as an Iowa co-chair.
O’MALLEY: MSNBC’s Alex Seitz-Wald reports on how the former Maryland governor thinks he can win, even as he is being overshadowed by Bernie Sanders as the Clinton alternative.
FOR THE RECORD…
“We’re not dealing with a five-star Army general.”
- Donald Trump, about Reince Priebus, to the New York Times
Carly Fiorina, Lindsey Graham and Lincoln Chafee all have campaign events in New Hampshire.
Marco Rubio and Rick Santorum address the National Right to Life Convention in New Orleans.
Rand Paul campaigns in Michigan.