Corruption in politics is nothing new.
Political corruption institutionalized in Florida statutes is intolerable and must be rooted out! Millions of dollars in special interest campaign contributions are being “laundered” through political committees and electioneering communications organizations in an effort to hide from the electorate where all this money is coming from. It has to stop!
As currently written, Florida law promotes the proliferation of political committees and electioneering communications organizations. The statute allows these PCs and ECOs to accept unlimited contributions and make unlimited expenditures for the purpose of influencing the outcome of elections in Florida. The statute allows incumbent legislators and legislative leadership to establish PCs and ECOs for their personal political use and allows unlimited contributions between individual PCs, between PCs and ECOS, and between PCs and political parties.
These provisions of the statute have served to make individual and corporate limitations on contributions to political candidate’s campaign accounts meaningless. This has resulted in an unprecedented increase in special interest contributions to PCs controlled by legislative leadership and also to the political parties in Florida.
As a result, legislative leadership, operating in partnership with powerful special interests, and working through these political committees and political parties now exercises an undue level of control and influence over the results of primary election campaigns.
My primary opponent operates a political committee and has raked in millions of dollars in unlimited contributions from the special interests and their lobbyists. He’s slapped a “For Sale to the Highest Bidder” sign on the door to the Governor’s office. Don’t let him get away with this. I will limit my campaign to what I can raise in my campaign account. I will live with the caps on contributions that the law has established. I will accept NO contributions from any political committees operated by any special interests.
The people of Florida are losing their voice in the legislative process and their ability to influence issues vital to their well-being. There’s a political class in Florida. It consists of the politicians, the lobbyists and the rich and powerful corporations and special interests they represent. It’s an exclusive club and you’re not welcome. In Tallahassee it’s their will be done, not yours. I am here to change it!