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Howard Troxler: Florida lawmakers given a script to defend 'leadership funds'



Times columnist Howard Troxler on one of his favorite topics of the 2011 session:

As I have mentioned, and plan to keep mentioning with vigor, it is now legal in Florida to pay the state Legislature directly.

As of March 24, the day the Legislature voted for it, it is legal for the leaders of the Democratic and Republican parties in our Legislature to operate "leadership funds."

These "leadership funds" are a group campaign account for each party. Donors can simply throw unlimited sums into the bag — a bag held by the same people writing the laws of Florida.

That is an iron-clad fact.

In recent days quite a few readers have contacted their legislators to complain, and the replies have been, at the least, interesting. Misdirecting, amusing, and apparently based on talking points written in Tallahassee, but interesting.

Read the entire column here.

[Last modified: Monday, April 4, 2011 8:17pm]


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