My campaign for Florida’s District Four Congressional Seat will be completely funded by my income and my wife’s income. Completely.
I am not taking any donations or contributions from anyone; not from any individual, company, corporation, political action committee, bigwig, good ol’ boy, or friend.
One of the main reasons I am running for office is to expose the corruption, the waste and the hypocrisy that exists in our political system at the federal level. I am not accepting donations because to do so would betray the very principles that have driven me to go to DC to bring about change.
It is a sad testament to the principles and morality of elected officials today, and to the apathy and complacency of the American taxpayer, that when we turn on the nightly news, one of the first things we hear is how much money Hillary, or Donald, or whoever has raised for their campaign. Some politicians will have $5,000.00-a-plate dinners at swanky resorts for the purpose of fundraising. In the old days, people giving money to politicians was frowned upon, and it was called bribery. Today, it is a badge of honor to have a huge “war chest” of political contributions. This sickens me.
Representatives have an obligation, even before they get elected, to put aside their own self-interest for the interest of the people they work for. Can there be anyone foolish enough to believe that a representative who accepts contributions from some bigwig will give the same deference to that bigwig as he does a non-contributor? It is ridiculous to think so.
Now, I have no problem with people giving away their own money. In fact, I don’t think there should be any limits to political contributions. Giving away money is not the problem, accepting the money is where the problem lies and where the problems begin. When a politician or a would-be politician (a person who will be creating the laws for our society) accepts money from donors, they will give special treatment to those donors. Politicians today have created laws that will not allow a doctor to accept a fancy meal from a pharmaceutical company, yet that same pharmaceutical company can buy ten $5,000.00 per plate dinners at a fundraiser for the politician. This is hypocrisy, this is corruption and every taxpayer should know about it.
Once elected, I will work with like-minded Congressmen to bring to light to the American taxpayer, the waste and corruption that exists at the federal level.