A complaint filed with the Federal Elections Commission charges Gov. Rick Scott with violating federal election laws. The complaint accuses Scott of using his political committee, New Republican PAC, to raise and spend unlimited amounts of campaign money to prepare for his bid for the U.S. Senate.
The complaint was filed following Scott’s announcement Monday that he is a candidate for the U.S. Senate. It was filed by End Citizens United, an organization that tends to lean toward the Democrats.
It says that the “very same day that Scott declared his federal candidacy, the Committee revamped its website, suddenly transforming itself from a committee dedicated to supporting President Trump to one dedicated to supporting Scott. This timing cannot be mere coincidence..”
The complaint charges that “it appears as if [Scott] has been using the Committee to improperly pay for expenses associated with his exploratory activities and his candidacy for Senate.”
The PAC was established last year with a mission of re-inventing the Republican Party to appeal to younger and hispanic voters and support the agenda of President Donald Trump.
According to the complaint, the New Republican PAC was a way for Scott to avoid federal restrictions on campaign fundraising while he put together his campaign to unseat Democratic incumbent Bill Nelson.