Democratic U.S. Sen. Bill Nelson criticized the billionaires funding television ad attacks against him in his re-election campaign, while other top Florida Democrats bashed Republican Gov. Rick Scott as they all gathered Saturday night for their annual Jefferson Jackson dinner in Hollywood.
“This is a time of extraordinary outside money coming into Florida to try to buy certain elections,” Nelson said at a press conference before the dinner “When this kind of money comes in to influence, and comes in from billionaires, it is obvious they are not interested in Florida — they are interested in their own particular agenda.”
Nelson, Florida’s only Democratic statewide office holder, is seeking a third term and faces what will be an expensive and contentious battle with the likely GOP nominee, U.S. Rep. Connie Mack IV (R-Fort Myers). Although he is far behind in fundraising, Mack is getting a big boost from Super PACS.
American Crossroads, a political action committee overseen by conservative strategist Karl Rove, has reserved $6.2 million in air time to link Nelson to President Barack Obama’s agenda. Freedom PAC, a new super PAC supporting Mack and funded by casino billionaire Sheldon Adelson, has $1 million.