Rick Scott is the latest politician to find himself in the crosshairs of End Citizens United. The political action committee will filed a complaint against Scott with the Federal Election Commission alleging illegal campaign support. According to ECU Scott is using a super PAC to circumnavigate federal limitations on campaign contributions. The complaint against Scott is another step in End Citizens United’s quest to end Citizens United. Headquartered in D.C., ECU was founded in 2015 as a direct response to the outcome of the 2010 Citizens United vs. Federal Election Commissions case. The Supreme Court case garnered lots of controversy when the decision for Citizens United passed narrowly by a 5-4 vote.
The decision stretched the definition of free speech to incorporate corporations, stripping any regulation on their contributions to political campaigns. Many cried foul believing that the ruling forever changed elections in America, allowing big business to sway the outcome, and purchase candidate support. End Citizens United was created to support election reform, and that is exactly what they do. The goal of ECU is to push Big Money out of politics. To do this they are attempting to stack the deck with candidates that are against Citizens United. Most of these candidates fall on the democratic side of the equation, although many republicans are also against the decision.
Using grassroots funding ECU supports its candidates and tries to get them into office. The goal is to pass legislation that redefines the first amendment, shortening it to only concern the individual. Scott is a candidate who opposes campaign reform, and therefore is the kind of candidate ECU needs to out. Luckily for them they have evidence of wrongdoing from Scott, who holds firm that it is just a smear campaign. ECU has documentation however, that shows Scott working with the PAC and even getting newspapers like the New Republican to print polls in his favor. Whether this will ruin Scott or not remains to be seen, but is just one more move on the chessboard for End Citizens United.
Born on 11 March 1963, Ricardo Tosto is among the best Brazilian lawyers who started off from a humble background. The 55 years old has a law firm called Leite, Tosto e Barros Advogados. The law firm is adored as one of the few offices first to offer the mass action model. Tosto is also a noted writer who has had his legal and political articles published in various leading newspapers and magazines. One of his great works includes the Brazilian book titled O Processo de Tiradentes in which he is a co-author.
Ricardo Tosto went to Mackenzie University and graduated with a Law degree. He has specialized in the areas such as credit recovery, banking contracts, business restructuring, and civil law among others. He previously worked in Judicial Modernization Committee as the president and in the Reform Committee at OAB/SP. Ricardo is a focused, diligent, determined and with undoubted credibility.
As a dedicated worker, Ricardo Tosto actively contributes to the International Bar Association (IBA) as a member and a retired adviser of the HR and Legal Management of Brazilian Company Grupo Rede. In a past press release, Ricardo Tosto talked about law 13.254, a project for repatriation of assets abroad. He agreed to project saying it was a positive partnership. The project of repatriation was to serve as a door opener for complex exchanges between Brazilian lawyers and foreign lawyers.
However, Ricardo Tosto noted that the project had to pass through a series of trajectory before its approval by the Congress. One of the things that had to be adjusted was the income tax rate and a fine that was initially put at 17.5%. The rate was then slashed to 15%, a value presented by Mr. Manoel Junior. The exchange rate that had been set for December 2014 had around 20% and not 30% as thought earlier. The founding partner of Leite Tosto e Barros also stressed on the partnership between national and international lawyers saying it is paramount for them to have laws that govern individuals who would not wish to have their resources open.
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