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The Journal Gazette

Wednesday, March 16, 2016 2:20 am

Stutzman, Holcomb campaigns announce endorsements

Brian Francisco | The Journal Gazette

The political action committee for Citizens United announced Tuesday that it has endorsed the U.S. Senate candidacy of Rep. Marlin Stutzman, R-Ind., and contributed $5,000 to his primary-election campaign.

The Washington-based Citizens United is a conservative advocacy organization best known for filing a lawsuit that led to the 2010 Supreme Court decision allowing corporations and unions to spend unlimited amounts on money on political activities that are independent of political parties and candidates.

?"No matter who else may enter this primary contest, Congressman Marlin Stutzman is the proven principled conservative in the race and I urge all conservative Hoosier voters to rally around Marlin Stutzman for U.S. Senate,"? Citizens United President David Bossie said in a statement.

Stutzman and former Indiana Republican Party chairman Eric Holcomb are the announced candidates for the Republican nomination for the Senate seat occupied by Republican Sen. Dan Coats, who does not seek re-election in 2016. Rep. Todd Young, R-9th, is expected to declare his candidacy this summer.

Former U.S. Rep. Baron Hill is the only announced candidate for the Democratic nomination.

Bossie said in his statement that Stutzman "has refused to give into a Washington establishment that is all too eager to manage the failed status quo and ignore our nation?'s most pressing problems."

Later Tuesday, Holcomb's campaign announced he has received endorsements from 24 elected officials and nine Republican Party leaders in central Indiana. Among them are seven state legislators and eight mayors, including the mayors of Marion, Noblesville and Zionsville.

Holcomb also received endorsements from nine current or past Republican Party leaders in central Indiana, including former state Treasurer Marge O'Laughlin, former state GOP vice chairman Jean Ann Harcourt and Kyle Hupfer, the GOP chairman of the 5th Congressional District and a former director of the Indiana Department of Natural Resources.

Holcomb's campaign announced it raised more than $200,000 in contributions during the second quarter of the year. Young's congressional campaign said Tuesday it collected more than $1 million in donations in the same period and has more than $2 million in cash on hand.

Stutzman's campaign has not disclosed how much money in contributions it attracted in the second quarter.