By Sam Shikora (Political Editor).
Jeb Bush’s presidential campaign has just taken another major blow.
On January 13th, Super PAC Vamos for Jeb 2016 announced that it was ceasing operations. Vamos for Jeb 2016 was one of Bush’s most vital PACs, or political action committees.
Vamos was started with the intention of uniting Hispanics to vote for Bush.
Founder Claire Hardwick cites inability to compete with outspoken Republican Donald Trump as a large factor that led to the shutdown of the PAC.
She said, “When Jeb Bush first announced he was going to run we thought he was really going to be the president to go for it and unite Hispanics with Americans, but then obviously Donald Trump came in the picture and completely changed everything.”
In addition, Bush has been criticized by Trump over his reliance on these super PACs for his campaign funding. In the October Republican Presidential Debate, in reference to Bush, Trump said, “I am self-funding my campaign and therefore I will not be controlled by the donors, special interests and lobbyists who have corrupted our politics and politicians for far too long.”
Bush is currently the candidate with the most funding, with about $128 million in donations to his campaign, according to data from the Center for Responsive Politics. The second most successful fundraiser is Democratic candidate Hillary Clinton, who has received nearly $100 million in campaign donations.
Another of Jeb’s Super PACs, Right to Rise, was responsible for $103 million of Jeb’s funding in the first half of 2015.
While Vamos wasn’t Bush’s most significant PAC in terms of funding, Bush will likely miss the support from America’s vast Hispanic population that the PAC brought. Bush’s campaign has been on a steady decline since he first announced that he was running for president in June of 2015.
Unfortunately for Jeb, the statement “money can’t buy votes” is all too true. According to RealClear Politics’s January 10th polls, Bush stands with 4.7% of Republican votes, putting him in fifth place among Republicans. Clinton has 48.3% of the Democratic Party votes, making her the leading Democratic candidate.