End Citizens United is a Political Action Committee that has been determined to make its presence felt in the current election cycle. Recently, the organization communicated a complaint to the Federal Election Committee accusing Rick Scott of illegally benefitting from super PAC funding in his bid for the Florida Senate. Details of the allegations contend that Scott has committed the infraction to get around established limits that have been placed upon direct campaign donations.
Super PACs are allowed to raise an unlimited amount of money and also support the candidate of their choice but are not allowed to work directly with a candidate. End Citizens United says that the relationship that Rick Scott has with the New Republican Political Action Committee violates this non-coordination rule. Scott was once the Chairman of the super PAC before seeking office and the group has pledged their support to him in his Senate run.
The campaign of Rick Scott has denied the allegations that are being made against it and say that his past affiliation with the New Republican Pac is of no bearing upon the present support received by Scott from the group. ECU counters this argument by pointing out that the New Republican website showed Scott to be the group’s chairman as recently as January.
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End Citizens United was created in response to a decision made by the Supreme Court in 2010 that created Citizens United. The Pac, whose formal existence begin March 1, 2015, has a stated mission of ridding the political process of the influence of ‘big money.’ The Pac supports candidates with a similar view regarding campaign donations and supports the drafting of laws that will remedy the issue.
ECU has identified Rick Scott to be a candidate who is not in favor of reforming the campaign finance process and the organization is intent on defeating him. To do so, ECU continues to investigate the campaign of Scott and has collected more evidence of what is alleged to be wrongdoing. Recently End Citizens United reported that Scott and New Republican have both formed partnerships with Jenny Rucker, a political fundraiser.
More evidence cited by ECU is a report by the Tampa Bay Times in February that Rick Scott was at the time raising money for New Republicans. Another report, this time by the Washington Post in March, stated that Rick Scott hosted a dinner for New Republican donors.
A poll ran by the Post also found that readers did not support Rick Scott’s decision to run for Senate.
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