Florida Legislature Votes to Bring Back ‘Leadership Funds’

St. Petersburg Times columnist Howard Troxler says the Florida Legislature is officially for sale.

Florida Gov. Rick Scott
Florida Gov. Rick Scott

These “leadership funds” are campaign slush funds operated legally and officially by the leaders of the Legislature themselves:

The speaker of the Florida House and his chosen successor, the “speaker designate.”

The president of the Florida Senate and his successor.

The leaders of the minority party in the House and Senate.

So now, just as it was in Florida’s corrupt past, if you are an interest group that wants a law passed, you simply go to the leaders of the House and Senate …

And you pay them off directly.

I feel the need to repeat: This is not a joke.

This is now the law of Florida, as of Thursday — for they tripped over themselves to make it effective immediately.

And so this is our stewardship of the great nation birthed by Washington and Jefferson and preserved by Lincoln.

This is the American legislative process once practiced by Clay and Webster.