FAMiLY LEADER president Bob Vander Plaats has been accused of engaging in “pay for play” schemes and selling his support to the highest GOP bidder (video below).
Earlier this week, candidiate Rick Santorum admitted that Vander Plaats approached the campaign with an indirect solicitation of money to help promote his support, but now sources are calling the tactics “corrupt.”
“Clearly the endorsement was for sale, without a doubt,” one source told ABC News, stressing that Vander Plaats had tried to receive money for his support in past election cycles.
Santorum did not specify the dollar amount he and Vander Plaats discussed, multiple sources said he was soliciting as much as $1 million from Santorum and other candidates.
ABC News reported that Vander Plaats tried to solicit money for his endorsement during the last presidential cycle too. A former staffer for Mitt Romney’s 2008 presidential bid who is currently unaffiliated with a campaign said Vander Plaats came to them seeking money for his backing if he supported the former Massachusetts governor.
Rick Santorum revealed yesterday that Michele Bachmann, Rick Perry and Santorum himself were called by Vander Plaats and told to drop out.