End Citizens United Calls Out Florida Governor Rick Scott On Super PAC Funding
Two-term Florida Governor Rick Scott has a shady past in both private industry and a reputation for playing fast-and-loose with federal campaign finance laws as a public servant — but he keeps getting re-elected. In many respects, he is the poster child representing everything that is wrong with the current state of the U.S. election system.
The saga of Rick Scott exemplifies how unlimited amounts of “Big Money” and unaccountable “Dark Money” can disenfranchise the average American voter and send ruthless corporate-controlled shills to the highest offices of the land.
Gov. Scott is running for a U.S. Senate seat in Florida. The evidence is strong that he is violating what is left of an already badly broken campaign finance election system. His recent actions have been called out by a grassroots political action committee known as End Citizens United.
The group has charged that Scott is directly involved in a scheme to funnel soft money from a Super PAC directly into his own campaign that he personally controls. This is one of the few remaining illegalities as spelled out by the Federal Election Commission.
End Citizens United officials say the “Rick Scott problem” is precisely why the 2010 Supreme Court decision known as Citizens United needs to be overturned and nullified. It makes it too easy for powerful, wealthy corporate elites to shovel tens of millions of dollars into the campaign of candidates whom they can then control after they win office.
End Citizens United has filed an official complaint against Scott while providing direct evidence that he is brazenly ignoring Federal Election Commission guidelines. For example, it showed that Scott was listed as chairman of the New Republican PAC before he filed as a candidate for U.S. Senate and continues to be involved with the PAC.
Scott is running against long-time Florida incumbent Democrat Sen. Bill Nelson. Republican feel Nelson is vulnerable, even though he handily won re-election by a comfortable margin in 2012. But ECU is backing Nelson because of his powerful pro-campaign finance reform position. Nelson wants big money out of politics.
The long-term goal of End Citizens United is to overturn the 2010 Supreme court ruling that made it possible for money-grubbing politicians like Rick Scott to keep winning while selling out the average American voter.
End Citizens United has raised $35 million (average donation just $14) which it is using to support campaign finance reform candidates across the nation.
— End Citizens United (@StopBigMoney) June 7, 2018