Jeb Bush, Ben Carson and Carly Fiorina are following the money trail to California’s Bay Area, all vying to fill their campaign war chests as they compete with a crowded field of Republican 2016 presidential candidates.
Of the three, Bush’s events have the highest ticket prices averaging around $2,700 per ticket for a Wednesday evening reception in San Francisco.
Bush will then head to Silicon Valley on Thursday for a midday luncheon at the Village Pub with tickets reportedly running at the same as the San Francisco event. Bloomberg News has detailed Bush’s very aggressive fundraising schedule for July.
Former Hewlett-Packard CEO Carly Fiorina will reportedly attend a fundraising reception on Monday, Aug. 10 at the Piedmont home of a real estate brokerage founder with tickets starting at $250 and a photo op and private reception offer for $1,000. According to Bay Area political tracking blog ibabuzz.com, a $2,700 contribution gains individuals access to a host-committee roundtable.
Retired neurosurgeon Dr. Ben Carson’s Thursday, July 23 event will take place at a home in Alameda County and will be hosted by the Frederick Douglass Foundation of California for $250 per person. No mention of additional pricing for a photo opportunity is made on the non-profit organization’s website.
Bush reportedly announced last week that he has raised over $114 million in the first six months of the year, dwarfing most other candidates’ fundraising hauls.