A political action committee headed by former Massachusetts Governor and 2008 presidential candidate Mitt Romney has offered its endorsement to a number of Indiana Republicans, including 9th District hopeful Todd Young. But while Young said he needs to raise money to be competitive in November, he’s taking donations with no strings attached.
Romney’s “Free and Strong America” political action committee is pouring $15,000 into Indiana campaigns — $5,000 to Dan Coats’ run for Senate and $2,500 to GOP candidates for the state’s 2nd, 4th, 8th and 9th District seats. Young said he did not seek the donation or Romney’s endorsement, but will use the money. But Young says if Romney comes calling for his support in the future, it’s not guaranteed just because of the financial support…
“Absolutely not. There is no obligation — certainly not even an inclination — when someone gives money to my campaign for me to even feel slightly more inclined to support a particular agenda or support someone for office in the future,” Young said.
Young said he also will not necessarily offer a vote-for-vote quid pro quo if he’s elected to Congress. He says just because someone votes for his legislation does not mean he’ll reciprocate, despite his acknowledgment that the practice is common in Washington. The money from the Romney camp will be used to ramp up campaign staffing or buy advertising, which Young said is more difficult in his district. The 9th district is the state’s largest geographically, covering 20 of Indiana’s 92 counties.