Scott Targets 'Millionaire's Amendment' McCollum In Lawsuit

scott-mccollumEditor’s Note – Things are quickly going from bad to worse in the Florida Governor’s race. 

This no longer little war between Scott and McCollum is beginning to give every Republican in the state cause for shame.  Particularly now that RPOF Chairman John Thrasher has decided to enter the fray.

Not sure if it’s sheer desperation on the part of the establishment, and, naturally, each side is pointing the finger at the other for ratcheting up the rhetoric, but this battle is creating a real civil war amongst Republicans at the worst possible time. 

One thing is certain, though, for Floridians who have grown tired of the destructive politics of old and are looking for a true statesman to lead in these very troubling times, you are free to continue that search.

Beginning to wonder if ‘None of the Above’ will be on the ballot on August 24…

 

Scott Targets ‘Millionaire’s Amendment’ McCollum In Lawsuit

By Marc Caputo
TampaBay.com

Rick Scott, the deep-pocketed Republican front-runner for governor, sued the state Wednesday in an effort to prevent his personal wealth from helping his primary rival, Attorney General Bill McCollum.

Scott filed suit in U.S. District Court in Tallahassee challenging part of Florida’s public campaign financing system known as the “millionaire’s amendment.” The provision allows traditional candidates such as McCollum to obtain tax dollars to subsidize their campaigns when they are being vastly outspent by independently wealthy candidates like Scott.

Scott must agree to limit his campaign expenditures to $24.9-million in the primary or else the state will give McCollum $1 for every dollar Scott spends over the cap. As Scott inches ever closer to that total, his lawsuit argues that the cap is a violation of his First Amendment rights because it restricts his speech by benefiting his opponents’ speech.

Read More – http://www.tampabay.com/news/rick-scott-sues-to-block-public-funds-from-going-to-rival-campaigns/1107591

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