End Citizens United recently filed a complaint against Senate candidate Rick Scott for allegedly using “super PAC” money to fund his campaign. The political action committee (PAC) filed the complaint with the Federal Elections Commission after discovering information that shows Scott received more than $78 million for his campaign coffers. The complaint includes details that say Scott has been trying to circumvent the federal limits that are in place to prevent super PACS from providing money directly to a candidate’s campaign.
According to End Citizens United’s Communication Director, Adam Bozzi, the funds have been used to pay for Scott’s campaign bills. Bozzi went as far as accusing the former Florida governor of being more interested in advancing his political career than being concerned about following the election laws. Bozzi says that it is clear that Scott has been trying to bypass the laws and funneled the soft money for political gains. The anti-coordination law was chosen to file the FEC complaint.
The New Republican PAC has made clear of its support for Scott’s candidacy for the Senate seat. However, Scott was still listed on the super PAC’s website as chairman as recently as January. According to the Washington Post, he also planned to attend a dinner for contributors who have supported his campaign. Scott and his campaign have steadfastly denied all the allegations; however, End Citizens United has provided supporting documentation to the FEC. Additionally, the Tampa Bay Times also reported that Scott was actively raising funds for the New Republican just four months ago.
A recent poll, which was taken by the Washington Post to decide if Scott should run for the Senate seat, prompted End Citizens United to file the FEC complaint. The PAC believed that Scott’s agreement to allow the committee to spend money on his campaign for exploratory activities proved intent to evade campaign disclosure laws.
End Citizens United believes that in the short-term there are solutions to campaign finance transparency issues, such as electing candidates who are committed to abiding by and enforcing the current laws. However, the PAC believes that Congress needs to step in and pass new disclosure laws that prevent candidates from being able to hide in secrecy who is contributing to their campaign. The PAC also continues in the direction it is headed to nullify the 2010 U.S. Supreme Court’s decision of Citizens United v. Federal Elections Commission.
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