Big corporations can contribute to political candidates with impunity, and even the U.S. Supreme Court has ruled against provisions that would limit the amount of money these gigantic corporations are able to contribute to those running for President, Congress, etc.
But god forbid if an adult nightclub owner contributes to a political campaign. When that happens—and that information becomes public—all hell seems to breaks loose.
The most recent example of this strip-club-contribution shaming happened in ED Publications' home state of Florida, where gubernatorial candidate Charlie Crist was called out by representatives of incumbent Governor Rick Scott for taking $40,000 in campaign contributions from a handful of adult club owners, including Brandon Samuels, John Blanke and William Beasley. What's most interesting is, this money was given over a year ago to Crist's former party chairman Jim Greer. And it's only now that this information is becoming public? Oh, that's right, Scott is down in the polls ...
Greer pled guilty to theft charges while leading the Republican Party of Florida, and had his name tied to allegations from former staffer Delmar Johnson that the Republican Party brought in hookers to a GOP event in the Bahamas.
None of this, of course,has anything to do with these adult club owners giving money now to Crist. But that doesn't mean Rick Scott spokesman Greg Blair can't attempt to draw a connection.
“It looks like Charlie Crist is in bed with some unsavory characters once again," Blair said in a statement. "On a desperate hunt for campaign cash, he’s calling up Jim Greer’s old friends, who – big surprise – have legal troubles of their own. [This comment is in reference to dancer class-action lawsuits.] When everyone around him seems to end up in prison, we don’t expect anything else from a corrupt politician like Charlie Crist."
The audacity of Blair's comments to the Orlando Sentinel is laughable, considering that Scott's old company, Columbia/HCA, was hit with a $1.7 billion Medicare fraud fine.
"It's ironic that Rick Scott would complain about where anyone else's money comes from—he funded his political career with money earned as CEO of a company that overcharged seniors and defrauded taxpayers, ultimately paying one of the largest fines for Medicare fraud in history," Crist spokesman Brendan Gilfillan said to the Sentinel.
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