Charges of fraud in Medicare might be what has Rick Scott in hot water. He is Florida’s current governor and is being charged by End Citizens United over allegations of financial improprieties. These allegations are from when Scott was the residing CEO at HCA/Columbia in 1997. Because of an FBI probe into the company, they ended up having to pay a whopping fine of more than $1 billion because of fraudulent billing practices that Rick Scott was in charge of. He ended up having to resign as CEO in disgrace.
Flash forward, Rick Scott is now placing his candidacy for the United States Senate. While working at Columbia/HCA amidst the allegations, he placed the blame for what happened on his subordinates and dismissed any of the violations against himself. Learn more about the group on Crunchbase
Refusal To Accept Responsibility
His refusal to accept responsibility for the fraud back then says a lot about him. He chose to try and invoke the Fifth Amendment when the charges were initially brought about. He is now currently finishing his second term as the governor of Florida. End Citizens United, which are Democrats, are critically keeping an eye on his practices which are supposed to offer many benefits to his campaigning for the United States Senate.
— NARAL (@NARAL) September 4, 2018
End Citizens United – Their Goal
The groups main goal is to start limiting campaign contributions. In 2010, the Supreme Court had made it acceptable for corporations to act as “people” and be able to send limitless amounts of money to candidates in the American elections without being able to trace the money. Because this decision ultimately let donor funds go through untraceable, it was allowing the wealthy and special interest groups the opportunity to put too much influence into the outcome of elections.
New Republic PAC Examination
In April, the American Bridge had reported that the PAC chaired by Scott was receiving donations from executives from “private equities.” These firms had benefited from the decisions he made before regarding investments in state pension funds. In 2010, the SEC had ruled that it was prohibited for any financial firm to give campaign contributions to public officials to try and influence any of their state pension investments. The purpose of this ruling was to protect any investment decisions from having political influence. This was another reason for the charges that End Citizens United has brought against Scott.