Campaign finance reform PAC End Citizens United has filed a complaint against Florida governor Rick Scott for violating campaign finance law during his 2018 Senate bid.
Rick Scott is no stranger to accusations of corruption: In the 1990’s he was CEO of a healthcare group that faced similar financial fraud allegations as the End Citizens United complaint. Scott’s company was found guilty and forced to pay a record fine. Scott resigned in disgrace and never worked in healthcare again, though he was successful at becoming governor of Florida.
At the time of his case for healthcare fraud Scott claimed he was personally innocent and blamed numerous subordinates for the illegal activity. He is doing the same thing in response to the End Citizens United complaint: Claiming innocence while blaming those who work for him.
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Scott, as governor, was the chair of the right-wing PAC New Republican. This was legal as he was not running for any office at the time. But the day he announced his bid for the Senate he was required to quit and have no contact with the PAC. He claims this is the case even though the PAC listed him as CEO for a month after he supposedly left, his campaign address and the PAC’s address were the same for months and both organizations used the same fundraiser for their events and strategy.
If, as seems likely, these accusations have any merit then New Republican donated millions to the Scott campaign illegally. End Citizens United has a fairly solid case, supported by independent reporting from the Tampa Bay Times, which has reported on Scott in the past.
End Citizens United was formed in 2015 in response to the 2010 Supreme Court decision in favor of the right-leaning group Citizens United. ECU endorses and works for Democrats who support putting and end to that decision. ECU is trying to get as many local, state and federal elected officials into office to pass legislation overturning Citizen’s United, or even push for a constitutional amendment. They have raised tens of million of dollars for the past two election cycles.
Find more about End Citizens United: http://docquery.fec.gov/cgi-bin/fecimg/?C00573261
.@GovernorBullock just filed a lawsuit against the Trump administration’s new dark money rule which would allow special interests to no longer have to disclose their bankrollers. https://t.co/PCnMLetH3T
— End Citizens United (@StopBigMoney) July 24, 2018