George W. Bush Lends Fundraising Hand in Indiana Senate Race
Former president to attend 2 events for Republican Todd Young
Former President George W. Bush will raise money for Indiana Rep. Todd Young’s Senate campaign on Monday.
Young’s campaign said it would not disclose the location of the event in Elkhart, which was announced last month, nor would there be media availability. Bush will also raise money with Young in Indianapolis.
Young was a heavy favorite to win but after former Democratic Rep. Baron Hill dropped out of the race and former Sen. Evan Bayh jumped in, the contest got more competitive. The Rothenberg & Gonzales Political Report/Roll Call rates the race as Tilts Democratic.
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Despite his brother Jeb Bush losing the GOP presidential primary and none of the members of the Bush family attending the Republican National Convention, George W. Bush has played an active role in giving to Republican down-ballot candidates.
According to Federal Election Commission reports, Bush gave $2,700 to New Hampshire Sen. Kelly Ayotte and Arizona Sen. John McCain, his former rival for the 2000 GOP presidential nomination. Both face competitive races this election season.
Bush also gave Ohio Sen. Rob Portman, who served as U.S trade representative and budget director in his administration, $2,700 for his primary race and another $2,700 for the general election.