Jeb Bush's campaign looks to cut costs

Jeb Bush’s presidential campaign is trying to trim back its spending as the Republican primary race heats up, according to The New York Times.

“We have continued to look at how to make every department more efficient with the goal of being resourced well enough to win primaries and caucuses,” communications director Tim Miller said.

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Miller said the campaign has tried to run “as lean and efficient an effort as possible with one goal: winning the Republican nomination."

Two people briefed on the matter also said some staff members took pay cuts as a part of the belt-tightening.

Right to Rise, a super-PAC supporting Bush, has raised more than $103 million but is barred by law from directly coordinating with the campaign.

Bush’s campaign account, by contrast, has only raised $11 million so far, according to the Center for Responsive Politics, partly because he didn’t launch his candidacy until mid-summer.

Other candidates in the Republican primary field have also seen their super-PACs outpace their campaigns in fundraising.

Former Texas Governor Rick Perry, for example, has had to stop paying campaign staff amid fundraising difficulties, while super-PACs backing his bid have raised more than $13 million.