Florida’s governor, Rick Scott may be in violation of the laws dictated by the Federal Election Commission. Apparently, a Super PAC he once the chairman of the group, but now that he is running for a Senate seat, the PAC is pouring money into his campaign. End Citizens United is alleging Rick Scott is going around campaign finance laws by getting the Super PAC, which was created to fund the president’s campaigns to pay his senatorial campaign bills and allowed Scott to bypass disclosure laws.
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— Steve Bullock (@GovernorBullock) May 23, 2018
End Citizens United made note of the fact that Rick Scott has a history of unsavory business practices. In 1997, when Rick Scott was CEO of Columbia/HCA, he was charged with Medicare fraud. After an extensive FBI probe, the company was found guilty of fraudulent billing and they were fined $1.7 billion. Rick Scott resigned then in disgrace. After leaving, he went into venture capitalism for a short time and reappeared in the healthcare industry after starting a 24-hour cable health care channel and co-founding Solantic, a healthcare company focusing on urgent care. In 2010, he ran for governor in Florida. After serving two terms as Florida’s governor, he is not eligible to run for a third term. His next stint will be an attempt at a seat in the United States Senate.
It’s Rick Scott’s choice to use the Super PAC to fund his campaign. It was also his choice to the be chairman for the PAC and it’s also been his choice to exploit that very close relationship with the PAC to funnel soft money into his campaign. All his donors have together raised $78 million for his senatorial race. It’s clear that Rick Scott’s finances are uniquely entwined with more than one of his donors making it difficult to separate proper campaign donations from abuses. Another good example of these abuses is his relationship with The New Republican. They share the same address; he raises money for them and the paper takes polls for him and campaigns for him. All these efforts cost money and represent financial support.
End Citizens United has been fighting campaign finance abuses since its inception after the Citizens United decision in 2010 giving corporations the same right to free speech as individuals. Ever since that decision, Republican politicians have been able to raise huge sums of money on the backs of wealthy donors and corporations. Rick Scott, like so many Republican candidates is not interested in campaign finance reform because he embraces the dictates of the 2010 decision. End Citizens United will continue to fight the abusers of campaign finance like Rick Scott and it will continue to support those who fight the kinds of abuses Rick Scott and so many from his party support.
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