In 1997 Florida governor Rick Scott was the CEO of a healthcare group called Columbia/HVA. He presided over a massive fraud conviction against the company and a record-setting fine of $1.7 billion dollars. He blamed his subordinates, resigned in disgrace and entered politics.
History may be repeating itself for the now-Senate candidate. End Citizens United, a PAC dedicated to campaign finance reform, and the newspaper “the Tampa Bay Times” have both produced charges that Scott is committing fraud and violating campaign finance law in 2018.
Before announcing his candidacy for the Senate, governor Scott was the chair for the New Republican PAC. New Republican is Scott’s primary donor for his Senate bid. End Citizens United took a closer look at the relationship between the PAC and the Scott Campaign and found a few troubling things.
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Scott was listed as chair of New Republican after his campaign began. A PAC and a campaign cannot communicate directly. If Scott really had severed all ties with the group when he began campaigning then he should not have been listed as working there. This means he could have been in control of New Republican in violation of the law.
Both the PAC and the Scott Campaign had the same mailing address for several months. How would two organizations that cannot communicate operate in the same space? It seems unlikely that they would keep their activities secret from each other as the law requires.
The Scott campaign primarily uses Jenny Drucker as a fundraiser, as does the PAC. This says that the two groups have lines of communication about where money is needed.
End Citizens United also alleges that the New Republican funded a poll for the Scott Campaign. There can be no direct funding between them.
End Citizens United has brought all these charges and more against the Scott campaign, which claims innocence when they aren’t blaming subordinates. The Tampa Bay Times has made other accusations about funding and finance violations. It seems unlikely that Scott would be so deeply involved and connected to an organization that he no longer has contact with.
Check more about End Citizens United: http://www.politifact.com/personalities/end-citizens-united