2. Bush Playing With Words and Accumulating Cash
Everyone in the country knew that Jeb Bush was going to eventually throw his hat into the presidential election for 2016. Bush failed to comment early on whether he was going to run before admitting he was interested, but still continued this charade about indecision regarding whether he was going to run. While many may have thought that this Republican candidate was simply taking his time so that he could weigh in all the possibilities before jumping in the ring, those in the know understand this ploy and how Bush was simply playing a game of words to allow his campaign funds to accumulate. The rules of the game are very simple when it comes to a presidential run: until a candidate says the words “I am running for president,” he can raise all the money he wants. So therein lies the issue that makes all the money raised before the announcement shady. Jeb Bush knew last year he was going to run for president in 2016. Jeb Bush denied that he was certain, but was collecting donations in the event that he decided to run.
He simply waited until he had raised tens upon tens of millions of dollars in contributions, then ended that awkward charade claiming he was in fact running for office. During the time before he made this inevitable announcement, he was piling up millions in contributions, employing a large growing campaign staff, traveling to states instrumental in early primaries, and attended fundraising events across the country. He went on to build a huge war chest, while denying at every chance that he could that he was not in fact a candidate. He used the words “if I decide to run” over and over to keep the charade going. Even though the FEC makes it clear that if you act like you are running for election, you are running for election, apparently the rules do not apply to Bush, and all the shady donations are allowed to be spent to solidify his position.