What is it about rules that Connie Mack IV doesn't like? Simple answer? Apparently following them.
Not too long ago, Mack got caught sending official U.S. House taxpayer funded mail to residents in Florida who weren't even in his own district. Because this is a violation of the House rules, he had to pay the House back. Mack blamed others for the "error."
Then yesterday it was revealed that Mack got caught "pulling a Palin" by running up a $470 bill for clothing from Brooks Brothers and charging it to his campaign, a violation of federal law that bars the use of campaign funds for personal items including "clothing, other than items of de minimis value that are used in the campaign, such as campaign ‘'T-shirts' or caps with campaign slogans." Again, his spokesman said this was a "mistake," blamed it on others, and said this too will be paid back.
Perhaps Mack is feeling a bit like a high roller since casino magnate Sheldon Adelson has backed his campaign with a $1 million donation to Freedom PAC, a super PAC that supports his run for U.S. Senate against Democratic Sen. Bill Nelson. Adelson, who poured money into support for the failed run for President of Newt Gingrich, has been throwing a lot of money into the coffers of Republicans lately, including Florida Governor Rick Scott, who scored a $250,000 check for his 2014 re-election fund from Adelson back in June.
Some have speculated that Adelson may be pouring cash into Florida races to push for gambling in the state, which wouldn't require a stretch of imagination. Florida is certainly "up for sale" to the highest bidder, thanks to a governor who gives away tax breaks to large corporations and benefits from corporate donors, and unlimited and secret campaign donations thanks to Citizens United. Just in the last two days, Democrats in the U.S. Senate tried to pass legislation that would require disclosure of the names of contributors of more than $10,000. The DISCLOSE Act was blocked both times by Republicans, who clearly demonstrated they have big donors backs covered rather than their constituents.
But there could be other interests when it comes to Adelson, according to an investigation by Frontline and Pro Publica, involving the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act. Rachel Maddow explained the details in this segment of her show recently, and it's an eye opener if you haven't heard of him before.
Take a look at Rick Scott and Connie Mack's brand new "Sugar Daddy," Sheldon Adelson: