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David Jolly to discuss Stop Act at National Press Club next week

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Pinellas County Congressman David Jolly will get another national platform to discuss his legislation that would ban federally elected officials from asking for campaign contributions when he speaks at the National Press Club next Monday.

Jolly’s STOP Act faces long odds of passage through Congress, however, as he has yet to be able to gain only eight co-sponsors in the House, and none in the Senate. Nonetheless, it’s certainly brought him a lot of national attention, including a featured appearance on CBS’ 60 Minutes last month. The coverage coincides with his attempt to win the Republican nomination for U.S. Senate in Florida later this summer.

“Let’s call the status quo of Members of Congress dialing for dollars what it really is — cheating the taxpayer. It’s a first-rate bipartisan shakedown of the American people, and it’s time to put an end to it,” Jolly said in a statement announcing his Press Club speech, which will take place Monday, May 16, at 10 a.m. “In any other profession, if you spent half your week doing something other than what you were hired to do, you’d be fired.”

Joining Jolly at the event will be Minnesota Democratic Representative Rick Nolan, one of the eight co-sponsors of the bill.  The Minnesota Congressman served three terms in the House in the 1970s and later was elected to Congress in 2013.  Nolan says that when he returned to D.C., he hardly recognized the institution because of the time members spend dialing for dollars.

Jolly’s proposal has put him on the wrong side of the National Republican Campaign Committee. A representative of the NRCC accused Jolly of lying when he said on “60 Minutes” that he attended a meeting where he was informed he would have to raise $18,000 a day making phone calls to ask for campaign funds. A member of Jolly’s congressional staff vehemently denied that, providing an exact date and time when Jolly says he was given that information.

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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