From the Richmond Times Dispatch:
Former Fla. Gov. Jeb Bush, a leading GOP presidential hopeful, has contributed $10,000 to the financially troubled Republican Party of Virginia.
Pete Snyder, finance chairman of the state GOP, announced the contribution in a release Tuesday afternoon.
“The (former) governor knows that all paths to the White House run through Virginia and he believes that we need a strong and united RPV to get the job done,” Snyder said. “We do too, and we are incredibly grateful for his support.”
Snyder, founder of Disruptor Capital, an angel investment company, last week issued a “grassroots challenge” to help rebuild the party’s coffers. If the party can raise $50,000 in small contributions by June 1, Snyder will match them dollar for dollar.
Snyder also announced Tuesday that 2nd District Republican Chairman Curtis Colgate has agreed to double the match, so that $50,000 in grassroots contributions could lead to $200,000.
In January, when John Whitbeck was elected the party’s new chairman, the state GOP was $217,499 in debt and had $252 in cash on hand.
Colgate, a Virginia Beach businessman, is a mineral mining and resort heir. He has made $349,631 in campaign donations in Virginia since 2008, including $313,578 to Republican candidates and causes, according to the Virginia Public Access Project, a nonpartisan tracker of money in state politics.
Colgate is a big donor in more ways than one. He is 7 feet 3 inches tall.
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