BUFFALO, N.Y. (WIVB) – Republican Presidential candidate Jeb Bush was in Buffalo Tuesday for a campaign fundraiser.
A breakfast fundraiser was held at the Atrium at Rich’s on Niagara Street. Tickets cost between $1,000 and $2,700 per plate.
The brother and son to two former Presidents is trying to become the front-runner in the crowded GOP field.
It was clear Jeb Bush’s campaign strategy in Buffalo during this visit was to cater to his loyal supporters, instead of trying to reach a broader audience or gain publicity. In his first trip to Buffalo in recent memory, Jeb Bush did not speak to media except a quick parting comment out the window of his SUV announcing that he had a “great visit.”
That was all he said to our News 4 team covering his visit, driving away after a little more than an hour inside the Atrium with his supporters. The media was not allowed inside.
In fact, members of the media were all kept off property altogether, and at one point, a bus was parked in front of the entrance to obscure the view of the waiting cameras.
We don’t know how many people attended this fundraiser or who they are, but we do know Chris Collins was among the attendees. And, based on the lack of media access, we can probably guess at the real purpose of the presidential candidate’s visit here.
In a decidedly blue state, and at this point in the 2016 race, this place is likely more important for collecting capital than it is for collecting more votes in the next presidential election.
Especially in a GOP field that seems to get more crowded every day, the candidate with the most in the coffers stands a better chance of setting himself apart from the pack and maybe securing the nomination.
Another Republican presidential hopeful, Marco Rubio, is scheduled to attend a fundraiser in Buffalo later this summer.
We have received no word at this point about how much money was raised for Jeb Bush’s campaign here during his visit this week.