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David Jolly calls on Congress to support his bill banning fundraising on the job

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Speaking from the well of the House of Representatives, Congressman David Jolly gave what he called of the most “uncomfortable” speeches that he will ever give on Wednesday.

The Pinellas County Republican asked for co-sponsors to his STOP act, a radical proposal that would ban all federally elected officials from fundraising while on the job.

“Members of congress might have a quiet anger, but the American people have a very loud anger, and understand that we are not not accomplishing things here, because we are spending too much time raising money,” he said in a five-and-a-half speech. “Let’s turn that anger into resolve and change this body, and change Washington forever.”

Jolly’s proposal has been ridiculed as a gimmick by some of his opponents in his Senate race this year, but he has now picked up six co-sponsors in the House, including Minnesota Democrat Richard Nolan.

He spoke next to a a blown-up slide that he said came from an orientation meeting for members of Congress that called for lawmakers to spend four hours a day raising money for their re-election bids. Bemoaning the fact that retired or soon-to be-retired D.C. lawmakers will lament the demands to raise money, Jolly called on his colleagues to join him now in supporting the STOP Act.

“I stand here not to judge my colleagues, I stand here trying to change the system,” he said dramatically. “Let’s restore credibility to this House. Let’s honor the greatness of this body with greatness of integrity, greatness of commitment, greatness of resolve.”

Jolly is running for the GOP nomination for U.S. Senate against Carlos Lopez-Cantera, Ron DeSantis and Todd Wilcox. A Florida Atlantic Universal poll shows him leading the race with 28 percent support.

Mitch Perry has been a reporter with Extensive Enterprises since November of 2014. Previously, he served as five years as the political editor of the alternative newsweekly Creative Loafing. He also was the assistant news director with WMNF 88.5 FM in Tampa from 2000-2009, and currently hosts MidPoint, a weekly talk show, on WMNF on Thursday afternoons. He began his reporting career at KPFA radio in Berkeley. He's a San Francisco native who has now lived in Tampa for 15 years and can be reached at mitch.perry@floridapolitics.com.

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