I don’t care whether you support or oppose the governor, but the $9.8 million that so far has flowed into his campaign should outrage us all. We should be alarmed not only at the amount, which the April 4 article Gov. Rick Scott raising big bucks at rapid rate reports as coming in at the rate of $50,000 a day, but also at the contributions’ sources.
Do we want our public policy bought and paid for from the likes of Blue Cross & Blue Shield, U.S. Sugar, Florida Power & Light and gambling and development interests?
They already drown out the voices of average citizens in the halls of the Capitol.
Well, that’s exactly what’s happening, and it’s all because of a couple of U.S. Supreme Court decisions that equate money with free speech and that give corporations the same rights as individuals.
As a result, Scott and other politicians can accept checks in unlimited amounts from so-called electioneering communications organizations, which are not subject to the $500 contribution limit that applies to candidate accounts.
Meanwhile, the legislative leadership claims that it is working to reform our campaign-finance and ethics laws during the current session. Right. And how stupid do they really think we are?
Peter Butzin, volunteer chair, Common Cause/Florida, Tallahassee