Super-PAC Behind Jeb Bush Targets First Digital Ad in Iowa and New Hampshire

A spending report from Right to Rise USA is its first in the 2016 election since it organized in January.

Republican presidential candidate and former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush smiles after speaking at a town hall meeting at the Valley View Recreation Center on June 27, 2015 in Henderson, Nevada.

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One day after an outside group backing John Kasich's presidential bid made eye-popping early ad buys in New Hampshire, the super-PAC supporting rival Jeb Bush is airing its first digital spots in a pair of early states.

In paperwork filed Wednesday with the Federal Election Commission, Right to Rise USA reported spending $47,000 for media production and placement.

The spending was for this digital spot, which takes aim at Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton and will run in Iowa and New Hampshire through July 13, said Paul Lindsay, a spokesman for Right to Rise. The two states are the first to hold the presidential nominating contests early next year. 

 The spending report from Right to Rise USA was its first in the 2016 election since it organized in January. The group raised $103 million during that time, according to a statement issued by Charlie Spies, the treasurer for Right to Rise. The PAC by July 31 will give a full accounting of its donors and spending through June 30.

Super-PACs may raise funds in unlimited amounts to pay for “independent expenditures,” which the FEC defines as spending that directly advocates for the election or defeat of a clearly identified candidate. The spending can’t be coordinated with a campaign.

 

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