Back in the earlier, pre-politician days, there were a couple of Jeb! Bush ventures that attracted attention if not the concern of voters. One of them resurfaced in the Miami Herald today: charges of fraud against a Fort Lauderdale pipeline company that Bush represented in transactions with Nigeria in the mid-1990's.
Since leaving the Governor's Mansion, Jeb! has maintained a role as a top GOP voice but retreated behind the shield of his private consultant business. Not much is known about that.
Jeb! did surface as a consultant to Lehman Brothers. It was reported as his first gig after leaving the Governor's Mansion. While there were many questions about Bush's role in advising Lehman -- the state's largest bond dealer to the state pension fund before the company self-destructed, -- Bush has been silent about his Lehman role as he has about his ties to R. Allen Stanford, one of the biggest Ponzi schemers in the nation's history now languishing in federal prison.
In media accounts, Jeb! "serves on corporate boards", though details are never provided.
Once the "education governor" -- it was Jeb! who pushed standardized testing, the FCAT, on Florida's future generations -- Jeb! is now a leading advocate for the charter school movement and wide scale privatization of public education.
In his excellent blog for Slate, Tampa Bay Times writer Craig Pittman levels his gaze at the FCAT: "Because this is Florida, some people have tried to game the test—for instance, the principal and three assistants at Cocoa High who moved 54 disabled children to a different grade (on paper), so their FCAT scores wouldn’t drag down the whole school. The FCAT itself has had problems. Some of the people hired by a contractor to grade the tests turned out to be “janitors, homemakers, and store clerks” with no experience in education."
While Jeb! is not required to disclose his income as a private citizen, as a public voice of the GOP, there should be no question who and what interests Jeb! Bush represents.