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End Citizens United Targets Florida Senate Candidate Rick Scott

July 13, 2018 - Author: steph

A new complaint filed with the Federal Elections Committee claims Florida GOP Senate candidate Rick Scott is using an illegal “Super PAC” to get around federal laws that limit how much money can be contributed directly to his campaign.Political action committee End Citizens United says in the complaint Scott is also violating a federal law which doesn’t allow candidates or their campaigns to coordinate advertising or other spending with outside political action committees. According to End Citizens United, Scott and his campaign have been working together with the New Republican PAC.

Scott led that PAC before he resigned to kick off his Senate campaign. Communications Director for End Citizens United Adam Bozzi said in an interview that so-called “soft” money donated to the New Republicans PAC was supposed to be earmarked for the national Republican Party, as well as the Republican Presidential Committee. Bozzi said that End Citizens United has paperwork that shows some of the money was instead being funneled into events and activities designed to help Rick Scott’s Senate campaign. End Citizens United was formed on March 1, 2015, for the purpose of encouraging campaign finance reform. It was established out of the frustration resulting from the Supreme Court’s 2010 Citizens United decision.

The organization works to encourage a more transparent election funding process and targets candidates it believes are abusing current campaign laws. Scott’s campaign has vigorously denied the charges, but the Tampa Bay Tribune recently reported Scott has headed several fundraisers for the New Republican PAC and he has also attended several other events organized under the PAC’s banner. The newspaper also noted a number of instances in which it appeared that Scott’s campaign was coordinating spending or events with the New Republican PAC. That campaign coordination would be illegal under current election funding laws.

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