WASHINGTON — Jeb Bush, getting ready to announce a 2016 presidential bid, hits Chicago and suburban Barrington on Wednesday for fundraising events expected to haul in at least $1 million for his Right to Rise political action committee.
Bush’s day includes:
* Cocktails in Barrington hosted by Sue and Terry Graunke, with the tab for the roundtable from $1,000 to $10,000.
* Bush will also be meeting with one of the richest men in Illinois, mega donor Ken Griffin and other key GOP money players.
* An event at the law firm of Kirkland and Ellis, 300 N. La Salle, from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. “If you have any questions or are undecided about whom to support and would like to hear Governor Bush, we are happy to discuss and arrange,” the invitation, obtained by the Sun-Times, said.
The lunch has contribution tiers:
Tickets: $5,000 per Individual for 1 Ticket to Luncheon
$50,000 State Committee Give or Raise
$100,000 State Executive Committee Give or Raise
$250,000 National Committee Give or Raise
Corporate money is welcome because the Right to Rise PAC — unlike a federal presidential campaign fund — has no donor caps or rules on who cannot give.
The host committee is a who’s who of the Illinois GOP establishment:
Ambassador Jim Kenny
The core group of elite mega Bush fundraisers in Illinois are many of the same folks who backed Mitt Romney in 2012.