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Revving Up, Jeb Bush Rolls Through Washington

EXCLUSIVE: What Jeb Bush is telling lobbyists and potential donors as he tries to build momentum for a presidential run.
Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush speaks to the media after being named Chairman of the National Constitution Center's Board of Trustees December 6, 2012 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush speaks to the media after being named Chairman of the National Constitution Center's Board of Trustees December 6, 2012 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

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Former Florida Governor Jeb Bush tore through Washington this week, impressing the lobbyists and potential donors he met for the first time and leaning on old family friends to help raise huge sums of money as he considers a run for the White House.

According to multiple Republicans in attendance at events Tuesday and Wednesday, Bush simultaneously bemoaned the cost of modern presidential campaigns—more than $2.35 billion in 2012—and pledged to not be left behind in the fundraising race. Bloomberg Politics reported this month that Bush's allies are citing a first-quarter fundraising goal of $100 million as they approach donors around the country.