Campaign finance laws have been so weakened thanks to the 2010 Supreme Court decision known as Citizens United, it’s difficult to believe that some candidates still feel the need to game the system. But that’s just what Florida Governor Rick Scott has been doing, according to a complaint filed by End Citizens United, a plucky grassroots political action committee.
.@MaxRose4NY is a reformer—and in November, he’s going to win.
— End Citizens United (@StopBigMoney) July 3, 2018
Current law says that a Super PAC can raise as much money as it wants and spend as much as it desires, but it can’t work directly with any campaign. Gov. Scott has raised some $78 million, but he may now also be coordinating with a group known as The New Republican PAC.
Adam Bozzie is Communication Director for End Citizens United. He said Scott has found a way to funnel soft money from New Republican directly into his own campaign for a U.S. Senate seat in Florida.
Not surprisingly, Scott’s team has denied the accusation. ECU says it has proof in the form of documentation, however. Amazingly, the New Republican website listed Rick Scott as its chairman as late as last January.
The shady tactics of multi-millionaire politicians like Rick Scott and the wealthy giant corporations that would like to see him in the Senate are a prime example of why End Citizens United exists in the first place. The goal of the group is to get Big Money out of the U.S. election system. It was formed in direct response to the disastrous 2010 Supreme Court ruling that unleashed unlimited spending on campaigns with fantastically few restrictions.
End Citizens United has published a list of what it considered the worst offenders of campaign finance laws in the U.S. It calls them the “Big Money 20.” The list includes bloated fat cats like Gov. Scott, Sen. Ted Cruz of Texas, Sen. Dean Heller of Nevada and Rep. Erik Paulsen of Minnesota’s 3rd Congressional District. How to Reverse Citizens United.
Defeating these entrenched, money grubbing incumbents and replacing them with Democrats who strongly support campaign finance reform is what End Citizens United is working for every day as the 2018 midterms approach.
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