By GARY FINEOUT
|TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — The head of the Florida Democratic Party is contending that Republican Gov. Rick Scott’s campaign broke the state’s campaign finance laws by shifting money between accounts.
Election law complaints can be routine during an election year, but this one could be significant: If confirmed, it could result in a fine of as much as $82 million.
Allison Tant, who is the chairwoman of the state party, filed the complaint with the Florida Elections Commission late last week, naming both Scott and his political committee Let’s Get to Work.
The complaint maintains that the campaign broke the law when the Scott campaign transferred nearly $27.4 million from one type of campaign account to another earlier this month.
“They have violated the law and the governor is supposed to uphold the law,” Tant told The Associated Press.
John French, the chairman of Let’s Get to Work, said last week the movement of the money was legal.
Scott first set up Let’s Get to Work back in 2010 as a way to help out his