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FILE - In this June 19, 2015, file photo, Republican presidential candidate former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush speaks in Washington. Big-time donors to a nonprofit educational group founded by Jeb Bush, disclosed publicly by The Associated Press for the first time, highlight the intersection between Bush’s roles in the worlds of business, policy and politics years before he considered running for president. After leaving the Florida governor’s office in 2007, Bush formed the Foundation for Excellence in Education, whose mission is “to build an American education system that equips every child to achieve their God-given potential.” With Bush serving as president, the group attracted $46 million from donors through 2014.  (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais, File)

“If you wanted access to Jeb Bush, one of the ways to do it is to make a large donation to one of those foundations,” said Bill Allison, who until recently was a senior fellow with the Sunlight Foundation, a nonprofit that advocates for open government.

Republican presidential candidate Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky., speaks during a political event Monday, June 29, 2015, in Mesquite, Nev. (AP Photo/John Locher)

“It really speaks to how important this issue is and how far it’s come,” said Mason Tvert, a spokesman for the Marijuana Policy Project, a major sponsor of legalization campaigns in Colorado, Washington and other states.

New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie and New Jersey first lady Mary Pat Christie greet supporters during an event announcing he will seek the Republican nomination for president, Tuesday, June 30, 2015, at Livingston High School in Livingston, N.J. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez)

“You’re going to get what I think whether you like it or not, or whether it makes you cringe every once in a while or not,” Christie declared. He added: “I am now ready to fight for the people of the United States of America.”

Rick Santorum kicks off the Western Conservative Summit Friday. He’ll speak to several hundred gathered to hear speeches from candidates and talk about the presidential race next year.

Democratic presidential candidate, Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt. speaks at the National Association of Latino Elected and Appointed Officials, Friday, June 19, 2015, in Las Vegas. (AP Photo/David Becker)

DENVER | Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders ignited Colorado supporters with a blistering condemnation of billionaires and corporations, drawing a crowd of nearly 5,000 to Denver on Saturday to support his presidential campaign. The 73-year-old Independent spoke for an hour and hit a nerve on economic issues as he advocated for an end to income inequality, as […]

A technician does a sound check at Miami Dade College where former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush is expected to announce his bid for the Republican presidential nomination, Monday, June 15, 2015, in Miami. (AP Photo/Lynne Sladky)

“I will campaign as I would serve, going everywhere, speaking to everyone, keeping my word, facing the issues without flinching,” Bush said in excerpts of a speech released by his campaign before his afternoon announcement. Bush was opening his campaign at a rally near his south Florida home at Miami Dade College, where the institution’s large and diverse student body symbolizes the nation he seeks to lead.

Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush joins others for dinner prior to delivering the keynote address at the Republican National Committee spring meeting Thursday, May 14, 2015, in Scottsdale, Ariz.  While speaking earlier in the day, after days of refusing to say whether, with the benefit of hindsight, he would have ordered the invasion of Iraq in 2003, Bush relented and said he would not have invaded. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin)

PARK CITY, Utah | When Jeb Bush finally says on Monday that he’s running for president, he’ll begin the campaign with much to prove. Back in December, the former Florida governor said he was exploring a 2016 run, an announcement that by itself had the power to kick off the campaign. In the six months since, […]

Anita Wendt, of Sioux City, Iowa poses for a photo with Democratic presidential hopeful, former Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton, during a campaign house party Saturday, June 13, 2015, in Sioux City, Iowa. (Justin Wan/The Sioux City Journal via AP)

SIOUX CITY, Iowa | Seeking an army of volunteers, Hillary Rodham Clinton is trying to build an organizational edge in Iowa as some of her lesser-known Democratic rivals clamor for attention in the state that tripped up her first presidential campaign. Clinton flew to Iowa on Saturday night after her high-profile New York kickoff, telling supporters […]

FILE - In this June 4, 2015 file photo, Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Rodham Clinton speaks in Houston. There’s little question Clinton is moving to the left in her early campaign for the Democratic presidential nomination. But she’s picking her causes carefully. She’s taken strong stances on issues like immigration, where there's broad national support for the Democratic position. (AP Photo/Pat Sullivan, File)

WASHINGTON | Union members broke into cheers when Hillary Rodham Clinton said she supported their efforts to create a $15-an-hour national minimum wage. “Thank you for giving me this chance to tell you all how much I support your movement,” she told a conference organized by the Service Employees International Union. “I want to fight with […]