Working without a budget and hoping to self-fund through donations, Claremont McKenna College student, Lucas Agnew, 21, Googled how to start a PAC. According to the Washington Post, he’s “filed paperwork with the Federal Election Commission to start Millennials for Jeb, a new super PAC that aims to excite young voters about expected presidential candidacy of the former Florida governor.”
His was inspired after seeing a Ready for Hillary bus visit his campus last year. His hope is to organize “Republicans of his generation.” The PAC’s name is Millennials for Jeb.
“I hope this is the start of a counteraction by millennial Republicans. We’re just focusing on Jeb, not trying to saying anything about Hillary,” added Agnew, reports the Washington Post.
The 21-year-old said he does not know Bush or anyone in his political operation, but he admires Bush’s approach to education reform and to immigration, particularly his refusal to bend his stances to make them more palatable to conservative GOP primary voters. “I really respect that,” Agnew said.
He admits there is not yet a groundswell of energy about Bush among his peers.
“I think a lot of my friends are like the average millennial and not too politically involved,” said Agnew, a dual major in government and legal studies who is minoring in leadership. “Obviously, people know the last name. The goal is to get people to see past the last name and look at who Jeb Bush is as a candidate.”
Agnew hopes to put 15 percent of raised funds toward registering voters “and the rest of its resources to an aggressive social media campaign”.
“Our goal is to create pro-Jeb content with the intent that it goes viral,” he said.