Gaetz: Senate likely to end CCEs

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The Senate will likely pass legislation that would put an end to committees of continuous existence, the shadowy fundraising organs that can raise unlimited amounts of money for political candidates, the Senate president predicted.

Initially, House Speaker Will Weatherford had pushed for an end to the CCEs, calling them “slush funds.” But the Senate had pursued legislation that would merely make changes to the laws on CCEs – trying to prevent abuses like legislators using them to cover personal expenses. But Senate President Don Gaetz said the Senate is coming around to the House’s way of thinking. “The speaker said ‘Look, You can’t mend it you have to end it,'”

Gaetz said in an interview on the Florida Cable Television Association’s Capitaldatelineonline.com with Steve Wilkerson. “I think the Senate is going to come to the House position on that issue.”

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