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Bush fundraising machine preparing for campaign's launch

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WASHINGTON (AP) -- Republican Jeb Bush's political fundraising machine is quietly rolling out an ambitious plan to generate campaign cash in the days after he steps into the 2016 presidential contest.

After launching his campaign June 15, he'll embark on what his team calls a "27 in Fifteen" challenge asking fundraisers to bank at least $27,000 by the end of the month.

In exchange, they'll get to attend a two-day July retreat at the Bush family compound in Kennebunkport, Maine. The private gathering features an "evening picnic" with Bush and a morning "political and campaign briefing" with senior campaign staff.

That's according to materials distributed to donors and obtained by The Associated Press.

Bush begins an 11-city fundraising tour on June 19 that includes stops in Florida, New York, Chicago, Texas and Atlanta.

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