St. Petersburg Times columnist Howard Troxler is hopping mad that the Florida Legislature has voted to bring back “leadership funds”, which he says are campaign slush funds operated legally and officially by the leaders of the Legislature themselves. He laments that if you are a special interest group, you simply go to the leaders of the House and the Senate and contribute to their “leadership funds.”
Under the leadership of Gov. Rick Scott, Florida does seem to be moving backward at the speed of light — much like this country. How ironic is it that the Florida Legislature wants to cut everything for poor people but create “leadership funds” to help themselves? Check out an excerpt from Troxler’s post “Florida Legislature Proves Once and for All That It Is For Sale,” in which he literally goes off on the measure:
These are harsh words for a Sunday morning, but the occasion screams out for them. I take them from the Bible; please forgive me.
The Florida Legislature proved this past week, once and for all, that it is the utter Whore of Babylon.
It is now legal in our state to pay off the Legislature directly. Who says so? The Legislature.
This is not a joke.
This is not satire.
This is Florida — where the laws of our democracy are now openly, officially For Sale.
On Thursday afternoon, with greedy lip-smacking speed, the Legislature voted to relegalize a bygone and corrupt institution, outlawed in this state for more than two decades, known as “leadership funds.”