It’s conventional wisdom that money can buy an election, and that be true to an extent. However, for the Jeb Bush campaign, it couldn’t be further from the truth. Bush came into the campaign with a plan to raise huge amounts of money and then deliver a “shock and awe” effect on competitors fearing they can’t compete with such a massive war chest. The war chest itself materialized, but the results from spending $50 million so far has had no effect in changing Bush’s poll numbers.

Report from the Washington Post:

The super PAC supporting Jeb Bush is racing through its massive war chest much faster than money is coming in, spending close to $50 ­million in a record blitz that has so far failed to lift the former Florida governor’s sputtering presidential candidacy.

The group, Right to Rise, has already gone through nearly half of the $103 million it brought in during the first half of the year, records show. It raised only about $13 million in the five months that followed, according to a person familiar with the figure.

That leaves the super PAC with about $67 million heading into the first 2016 GOP nominating contests. The sum still surpasses the resources of rival groups, but it is not clear whether Right to Rise’s financial might — viewed earlier this year as Bush’s distinct advantage — will be enough to help separate him from the pack.

The group’s muted impact so far represents a confounding reality of this year’s unconventional campaign: Money is no longer a clear barometer of success.

In a traditional campaign, the candidate with the money tends to rise to the top. In 2016, the traditional rules need not apply as we witness Bush with a massive war chest, more than any of his rivals, fail to secure any movement in the polls. He has spent the most in New Hampshire, but is still fighting with Chris Christie for sixth place, a terrible position to be in after spending so much.

For some reason, many of the big donors are planning to unleash ads on Donald Trump with the goal of knocking him out of the top spot. Jeb Bush was unable to do so in New Hampshire, or anywhere else, so I’m not sure why they think it will be successful a second, third, or fourth time.

Coupled with the right candidate, money can be a powerful force in politics, just ask President Barack Obama. He as able to overcome the Clinton machine with massive fundraising hauls which eventually put him in the White House.

16 COMMENTS

  1. What a bunch of morons – and his ads we are saturated with here in Mass/New Hampshire are not only pathetic, but looks so constipated!!

  2. Dynastic wannabe Jeb Bush is ruled by his Mexicana wife — Columba — who wants more of her illegal Mexican compadres to pollute our nation….and Jebby acquiesces, so his Merxicana wife won’t put him again in the doghouse, and withhold her favors…LOL!

    Can you imagine such a travesty — to have a Mexicana as First Lady in America — after we had an African Kenyan-born foreigner as President?!

    How sick has our nation become — to even entertain such travesties!

    On par with a Hillary having Bill Clinton as First Lady — TIME to put an END to such anti-American Sickness for good!

    At least Jebby Bush is done, finished, kaput (he and his Mexicana wife can go to hell) — NOW, Hitlery Clinton must be STOPPED, and put in Jail for Life where she belongs!

    • YOU ARE ONE OF THE MOST DISGUSTING HUMANS EVER. WHO SAIDS WHAT YOU POSTED…UNLESS YOU 1) MENTALLY ILL. 2)HOMELESS 3)bIGOT 4) ALONE AND FULL OF ANGER…YOU ARE THE SICK ONE AND MAYBE NEIGHBORS SHOULD REPORT YOU FOR DOMESTIC TERRORISM. YOU SOUND WAY MORE SCARRY THEN ANY OTHER GROUP..EXCEPT THE TEA PARTY AND kkk

        • Both comments are extreme and obnoxious.

          And neither offered anything new or interesting.

          But since they cancel each other out, my opinion would be to leave them–to illustrate how emotional (irrational) the “discussion” can get.

          • Nate, I ask that Goethe be removed as moderator — see his post above.

            Your opinion is not the forum’s policy — ad-hominem attack posts are deleted.

            Your willingness to let this vile personal attack on me stand is further proof that you are unfit to be moderator.

            • After careful consideration and a painful reading of both comments, I agree with Goethe.

              You launch vile personal attacks on politicians, then complain when people launch vile personal attacks on you.

              Remember the golden rule? Treat others the way you want to be treated. You’re getting what you give.

            • You write things which are intentionally inflammatory. I am not your caretaker. This is not the principal’s office. You tick people off, they’re gonna respond to you in kind.

              I deleted both posts as that is the fate they both deserved.

            • Nate, I do write some things which are intentionally inflammatory towards vile politicians and their destructiveness of America. Would you rather have all posting here be Politically Correct (when PC is killing our nation)?!

            • First you agree with your lackey, Goethe, who was pleased to allow vile personal attacks against me to stand. Then, you remove ALUAP’s ad-hominem attack post (plus my original post that

              Does this mean that you are finally applying logic, and removing biased liberal Goethe as “moderator”…?

              If keeping Goethe as “moderator” — thus agreeing with his bias, then, you should reinstate both posts. I don’t mind for people to see my attack on a filthy politician — while in return I was personally attacked for exercising the right of free speech, and your “moderator” Goethe agreed with the ad-hominem attacker.

              Nate, you can’t have it both ways — either you have principles, or you subscribe to “some are more equal than others”.

            • Hillary. . .

              Dude. . .

              a more perceptive fellow would have realized that I have been intervening on your behalf.

  3. WHILE SPENDING ANY MONEY IS GOOD FOR THE ECONOMY..JUST THINK OF HOW MANY PEOPLE COULD BE HOUSED (LIKE VETERANS) YET THE PUBS ARE THE ONES WHO COMPLAIN ABOUT WASTE

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