End Citizens United, a political action committee (PAC), recently filed a complaint against Florida Governor Rick Scott with the Federal Election Commission. They are charging that he is using a “super PAC” to fund his Senate campaign which is against the law. The complaint alleges that Rick Scott is doing this in order to maneuver around the limits that the federal government has put in place to limit how much direct contributions there can be to any political campaign. To Date Rick Scott has raised about $78 million in his effort to win a Senate seat.
A Super PAC can raise and spend as much money as it wants to support a political campaign but it is against campaign law for them to work directly with that campaign. This is called the anti-coordination law and End Citizens United is calling out Rick Scott for violating it. They say that Rick Scott is working directly with the New Republican PAC which he had previously been the chairman of just before announcing his run for a US Senate seat. New Republican has been aggressively backing Rick Scott’s campaign.
Rick Scott through his spokesperson has denied these allegations that End Citizens United has raised. However, End Citizens United showed documentation that supports position. This documentation shows that Rick Scott continued to work with this Super PAC after starting his political run. The New Republican website even listed Rick Scott as their chairman as of January 2018.
End Citizens United was formed after the Supreme Court ruled that corporations are people and that giving money is free speech. This ended up flooding politics with money and giving the rich and powerful even more of a say in how America operates. The goal of this PAC is to shut that vast inflow of money down and return power to the citizens of this nation. They exclusively support politicians who pledge to pursue campaign finance reform.
Rick Scott has never shown himself to be a politician who supports campaign finance reform. An example of this is that both he and Rick Scott are working with the same exact fundraiser, Jenny Rucker. Additionally, he has been using the same address as New Republican which ties him even closer to this Super PAC. Also, it was New Republican which provided the funds for a poll that Rick Scott had conducted recently.
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