You know how campaign ads usually end with the candidate saying “I approved this message.” When it comes to Dean Young, not only did he approve the message he probably paid for it out of his own pocket too.
As of the end of the year, Dean Young loaned $110,000 of his own money to his campaign. That makes up virtually all of his funding.
“I’ll put everything I’ve got in this race because it’s that important for our nation,” said Young. Incumbent Bradley Byrne is still out fundraising young with more than five times the campaign cash. More than a third of it comes from individual donations.
“When people give you a donation it’s a sign they’re confident in you,” said Byrne. Young argues Byrne’s donations are a liability.
“Somebody’s got to start doing what’s right in this country spend their own money don’t take special interest money,” said Young. For the second campaign in a row young hasn’t received a dollar in PAC money. 62% of Byrne’s funding this year comes from committees and PACs.
“The establishment comes in and they fund Bradley Byrne,” said Young. “Bradley Byrne as far as I know hasn’t put one red cent into the campaign from his own money.” Byrne hasn’t loaned his campaign money. Most incumbents don’t have to.
“People have seen what I have done and am doing and I think this level of contributor support is indicative of the fact that people have such strong support for me in general,” said Byrne.