End Citizens United Puts the Pressure on Ending Shady Campaign Financing

End Citizens United filed a suit against Rick Scott with the FEC (Federal Election Committee) due to his super PAC campaign financing. Rick Scott has raised $78 million in campaign money so far. The staggering amount raises questions of the candidate getting around limits on campaign money donations through the use of the super PAC. A super PAC should be legally used only as much as it is needed for a campaign without working directly with the candidate and the campaign. ECU believes that Rick Scott is directly working and violating the anti-coordination law with the New Republican PAC. The New Republican PAC has vowed to get Rick Scott elected to the senate, but coordination between the two is prohibited by the anti-coordination law.

The communications director at ECU Adam Bozzi stated that the Super PAC appears to have clearly been made by Rick Scott to channel “soft money” into the PAC with the premise of the money being for the president. Bozzi also provided proof that Rick Scott had been listed as chairman of the Super PAC during January. Rick Scott and his campaign have denied these accusations presented by End Citizens United.

End Citizens United is an organization that was set up to combat the issues presented by the Citizens United supreme court decision. This decision resulted in dark special interest money being funneled into the campaign finance system that has led to controlled candidates and votes that are not ruling in favor of every American. End Citizens United proposes to make a change regarding this by raising grassroots donations for candidates who want to vote in favor of campaign finance reform and have vowed to not take special interest money for their campaign. Rick Scott does not have interest in campaign finance system reform, which makes him someone that the End Citizens United organization hopes to keep out of office. For that reason though, Rick Scott attempted to state that ECU only filed a complaint against him because of their opposition to him finding campaign finance reform as a non-issue. ECU stated that they filed the complaint because Rick Scott broke the anti-coordination law by being directly connected the New Republican PAC that has resulted in an over the top amount of campaign money being channeled to his campaign.

ECU knows that what they are taking are small steps toward pushing for clarity in the campaign finance system in the United States. They hope that through the small steps of electing candidates who are interest in changing the finance system and by filing complaints against campaign finance law breakers like Rick Scott, they will start to make bigger steps in the future toward change.

End Citizens United’s Facebook Page: www.facebook.com/EndCitizensUnitedPAC

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