Major GOP Donors Want 2016 Presidential Candidate Selected Soon

| by Edward Arnold

Several GOP donors are already seeking to nominate their candidate for President. With the republican base having a wide variety of potential candidates, the fight to win wealthy donors has begun.

According to the Washington Post, in Florida, Gov. Jeb Bush and Sen. Marco Rubio are aiming for the same donors. Similarly, in Texas, donors are considering Bush, Gov. Rick Perry and Sen. Ted Cruz.

“If you are philosophically a center-right donor, I think you have an interest in clearing the field,” said Bobbie Kilberg, a top Republican fundraiser in Virginia with ties to Romney, the party’s 2012 nominee, and the Bush family. “I think that’s important because there is clearly going to be a competition of philosophies for who is going to be the presidential nominee. And I firmly believe that person has to be from the center right.”

But after bullfight of 2012 where the GOP had Romney versus the field, donors don't want to get involved with a candidate just playing the field.

“What the donors are looking at is, how do we find someone we are confident can win and not get involved in 2015 with people just throwing money around?” said Ray Washburne, the finance chairman of the Republican National Committee.

From New Jersey's Gov. Chris Christie to Wisconsin's Gov. Scott Walker, no one has made a formal announcement to run, despite meeting with donors across the nation. Donor Sheldon Adleson has met with both already, along with Cruz and Mike Huckabee. He is meeting with everybody,” says Andy Abboud, his top political adviser. “But any decision about 2016 candidates is a long ways down the pike.”

Other donors included New York Jets owner Woody Johnson and Foster Friess, a multimillionaire and financial investor. Many donors are considering joining their funds together so they do not undercut their impact by competing against one another.

Source: New York Times / Photo Credit: New York Times