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Scott targets 'millionaire's amendment' McCollum in lawsuit

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. (story here)

[Last modified: Thursday, September 9, 2010 10:46am]


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