Presidential candidate Jeb Bush made a quick stop in Raleigh Friday afternoon to attend a $1,000-per-ticket fundraising lunch.
The fundraiser was hosted by Jim Cain, a Raleigh attorney and a former ambassador to Denmark under President George W. Bush. The event had price tiers from $1,000 per person to $2,700 per person –depending on whether the donor wanted a photo with Bush – with bundlers receiving perks for raising $10,000 to $25,000.
Reporters were not allowed inside the event, and a representative from the Bush campaign said the Republican candidate would not be speaking with the media while he’s in town.
In addition to Cain, hosts of the fundraiser included Jim Goodnight, CEO of SAS, venture capitalist Bob Ingram and lobbyist Theresa Kostrzewa.
In an Elon University Poll this week, Bush was the top choice of only 5 percent of likely Republican voters – coming in fifth behind Ben Carson, Donald Trump, Marco Rubio and Ted Cruz. As the Bush campaign struggles in the polls, it has cut costs, making fundraising events like the one in Raleigh more crucial.
While in Raleigh, Bush also taped a video on behalf of Parents for Educational Freedom in North Carolina, a group that advocates for charter schools and private school vouchers. Krash Creative tweeted photos of the taping Friday.