Jeb Bush hits the D.C. money trail this month

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Jeb Bush has set off for the Beltway money trail.

The former Florida governor will be in the Washington, D.C., area Feb. 17 hosting a pair of fundraising events for the Right to Rise PAC, his newly formed leadership committee.

Bush starts with a $1,000-a-plate late morning/lunch reception at Washington offices of BGR Group, the government relations firm founded by former Mississippi Gov. Haley Barbour. Open your checkbooks for this one, the event offers donors three levels of participation: $10,000 to co-host, $5,000 to host and $1,000 for lunch.

That same evening, Bush holds another reception, this one costing supporters a minimum of $5,000, at the McLean, Va., home of Laura and Jamie Wareham. He’s senior partner in the Washington, D.C., office of international law firm DLA Piper.

Virginia fundraiser co-hosts include several Republican heavyweights, writes Anna Palmer of POLITICO: Christine Ciccone of Sphere Consulting, Ty Cobb, Julie Finley, Kimberley Fritts, C. Boyden Gray, Ann and Tom Korologos, Jack Oliver and Ashley Davis.

Also on the invite are GOP heavy hitters Veronica Angula, John Estes, David Aufhauser, Jane Tucker and Iggy Sanchez.

To be a co-host requires either giving (or bundling) $25,000; a photo opportunity for the reception is $10,000.

On Feb. 11, more than 70 Republicans are on the host committee for a young professional event to support the former governor, featuring his son Jeb Jr., at the restaurant Mission in Dupont Circle. Tickets to get in are $50.

Bush Jr. has also been politically inclined. As a co-founder of the Florida-based Sunpac Hispanic outreach program, Jeb Jr. also sits on the board of the National Immigration Forum.

Co-hosts of the young Republican event reads like a who’s-who of up-and-coming talent: Olga Arguello of Ellos Global Consulting; Fritz Brogan, owner of Mission; Ryan Bradel of the Greenberg Traurig law firm, MacKay Jimeson of Pfizer, a former Jeb Bush staffer; and Edison Electric Institute’s Brian McCormack.

Others on the invite: Evan Bergwall, Clint Fuhrman, Wendy Grant, Clare Murchison, David Powers, Carlos Gutierrez Jr., Peter Marroco and Carl Meachum.

With at least 60 fundraisers on the schedule for the next several weeks, Bush expects to return to the Beltway later in February, Palmer writes.

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