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Latino Super PAC supporting Bush shuts down

By Ann Marie Awad   |   Jan. 13, 2016 at 6:59 PM
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WASHINGTON, Jan. 13 (UPI) -- The Latino-focused super PAC "Vamos for Jeb 2016" is shutting down after raising no money in the 2016 election cycle.

The group was formed by Claire Hardwick, founder of the conservative news site Elephant News. Andrea Wong, the super PAC's treasurer sent a letter to the Federal Elections Commission on Tuesday requesting that the group be terminated.

"When Jeb Bush first announced he was going to run we thought he was really going to be the president to go for it and unite Hispanics with Americans, but then obviously Donald Trump came in the picture and completely changed everything," Hardwick told Politico on Wednesday. "We got a lot of followers. I still do think he will be the candidate to appeal to the Hispanics."

Hardwick said she wanted to devote more time to the presidential election in her capacity as editor of Elephant News.

"I think they are still really excited about him, but they just don't have as much attention," Hardwick said. "That's something Vamos for Jeb did, it kind of showed how excited Hispanic Americans were for Jeb Bush."

According to OpenSecrets, the group had neither raised nor spent a single dollar so far during the 2016 presidential campaign. Much of the PAC's support for Bush was through social media campaigns. As of Monday, all the PAC's social media accounts were deactivated.

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