Rep. Scott Plakon wants his supporters to know he’s been working overtime.
Campaign staffers for the Longwood Republican sent out a fundraising note Wednesday, lauding the Legislature for its hard work during an elongated session, and asking for donations to make up for lost time.
By law, state lawmakers are not allowed to raise funds while the Legislature is in session, and 15 extra days of duty has hurt the coffers of some who are facing elections in a few months.
Reads the missive: “Representative Plakon just returned from Tallahassee late last night. Their work in producing a balanced budget and fair legislative districts as our constitution requires has required him and other legislators to be in session far more than normal this year. In fact, they have been in session for all but 3 business days since January 9th.”
But the overtime work (if you can call 90 minutes in the Chamber overtime) was basically self-inflicted.
Florida lawmakers were forced to return to Tallahassee for a special session, after the Supreme Court ruled that they failed their constitutional duty to produce fair and politically legal legislative maps for the Senate (the House map was approved). Lawmakers return trips to Tallahassee—which cost taxpayers tens of thousands of dollars—would have been unnecessary had they abided by Constitutional principles while drafting the original maps.
Lawmakers in the House and Senate had to vote for both maps, and Plakon supported the legally-deficient Senate map, as well as the legal House map.
With a legal map, the House had little to do during the the three-week extraordinary session. The full Chamber met only twice, and one meeting lasted only 11 minutes. In an hour-long meeting on Tuesday, House members passed the map drafted by the Senate with no changes.
Still, now that the overtime work is done and the fundraising ban has been lifted, Plakon and other lawmakers could use some extra campaign cash. With new districts drawn, a number of House members will have to square up against another incumbent. Plakon is planning to move in with his son to avoid a head-to-head matchup with Rep. Chris Dorworth, R-Lake Mary.
Here’s the email sent by Plakon’s campaign:
SUBJECT: Time Sensitive: Representative Scott Plakon Needs Your Help...
Representative Plakon just returned from Tallahassee late last night. Their work in producing a balanced budget and fair legislative districts as our constitution requires has required him and other legislators to be in session far more than normal this year. In fact, they have been in session for all but 3 business days since January 9th. He’s had a great year so far which we will be updating you about very soon.
However, as you may or may not be aware, members of the Florida House of Representatives are precluded from fundraising while they are in session...so he has had very little opportunity to raise funds this year. Therefore, we have only a few days left to achieve our goal for this quarter which ends THIS SATURDAY, March 31st.
To date, the Campaign to Re-Elect Scott Plakon has raised $95,841 so we only need $4,159 by midnight March 31st to hit our goal of $100,000… CAN YOU HELP?
Over the last few years, Representative Plakon has established himself as a conservative champion in Tallahassee who has earned the respect from colleagues of both parties for the passion in which he represents his district and some of the policies he has passed which have helped move Florida even farther forward as America’s best place to live, work and play. However, as a result, there are some that would love to see Representative Plakon take an early exit from the legislature. We can’t let that happen…there is too much at stake!
Please consider helping in any way you can. Contributions of any amount from $5 to $500 would be very much welcomed and very much appreciated.