April 9 (Bloomberg) — Dirk Van Dongen has raised money for Republican presidential candidates for three decades and will be a financial force for Florida Senator Marco Rubio's 2016 presidential campaign –- if Jeb Bush doesn't run.

He's not the only fundraiser parked in neutral. Bush's indecision is keeping Republican money and operatives on the sidelines much the way former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton's possible bid is blocking her would-be Democratic opponents from making inroads with the party's donor class.

"Both of them effectively freeze in place your fundraising cadre on both sides," said Van Dongen, president of the National Association of Wholesaler-Distributors. "They are both the 800-pound gorilla in their respective field."

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