UPDATED: Attorney General Bill McCollum is using his name to solicit
contributions for the Florida
First Initiative, which is airing attack ads against rival Rick
Scott (see below),despite his campaign's suggestion that they are
New documents obtained by the Times/Herald
show that McCollum's name is being used in the political group's
fundraising pitch and his campaign finance director, Carrie O'Rourke,
is involved in the solicitation. "Bill McCollum asked that I forward
this information to you," the email solicitation reads, followed by the
group's M&S Bank in Gainesville account number.
prides himself on his public disclosure record, could not be reached for
comment because he is fundraising in South Florida. His campaign
spokeswoman Kristy Campbell wouldn't answer questions other than
to say Florida First Initiative "is not run by our campaign."
it appears now, the political group -- called a federal 527 under IRS
tax code --
is unregistered in Florida, which flies in the face of the new
campaign finance law, but does not violate it.
When a Cabinet
official who solicits directly (or indirectly) on behalf of a 527, he or
she must file a disclosure with the Department of State. McCollum has
filed no such disclosure.
See the attack ad, "Refused," here.