Republicans Rand Paul and Jeb Bush are the latest 2016 presidential contenders to schedule political fundraisers in the Seattle area.
Republican presidential candidates Rand Paul and Jeb Bush are the latest 2016 contenders to come a-calling for campaign cash in the Seattle area.
Paul, the Kentucky senator, was set to attend a private fundraiser at a Bellevue restaurant Monday evening, in advance of his previously announced Wednesday rallies in Seattle and Spokane. (He’ll be campaigning in Alaska on Tuesday.)
The Paul event cost donors $1,000, according to an invitation. Hosts donated $5,400 — the maximum election-cycle donation under federal law. The event was closed to the media.
Paul plans a free campaign rally Wednesday morning at Town Hall Seattle. The 8:30 a.m. event was being advertised on Eventbrite, an online ticket service. He’ll then head to Spokane for a 2:30 p.m. event.
Bush, the former Florida governor, plans a fundraiser Sept. 14 in Seattle, according to an invitation. The evening reception will cost donors $1,000 to get in, and $5,400 per couple wanting a photo with the candidate.
Bush has not announced any public events, and his campaign did not immediately respond to requests for more information.
The fundraisers are the latest in a string of mostly stealthy local campaign visits by presidential candidates.
Republican Ted Cruz stopped in Seattle for a fundraiser last week. GOP rivals Bush and Marco Rubio also have held private, donor-only events in recent months, as has Democrat Hillary Rodham Clinton.
Democratic candidate Bernie Sanders took a different approach in a visit this month, drawing huge crowds to two public campaign rallies — though his speech at one event was disrupted by Black Lives Matter protesters.