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David Jolly releases digital ad promoting his STOP Act (and takes a shot at Ron DeSantis)

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Shortly after David Jolly formally announced his legislation that would prohibit federal officers from raising money in office, he issued out a statement calling on member of the public to support the effort, called the STOP Act.

He’s also released this new digital ad, which begins with news footage of cable news anchors talking about terrorism, the national debt, the immigration problem, the problems at the VA, all with ominous music playing in the background, before Jolly appears.

“We can’t have a part-time Congress in a full-time world,” Jolly then says in the video. “So, you and I, we’re going to do something about it by passing the STOP Act, and here’s what that means: No member of Congress will be allowed to ask you for money, so they can focus on the job you sent them to do. Fix what’s wrong, make things work. Owned by no one. Committed to everyone. Now, you and I know Washington won’t like this, I’m good with that.”

“Want to finally protect the border?” Jolly asks, before a citizen appears and says, “Pass the STOP Act.” He says the same thing about stopping ISIS, and fixing the VA.

It then ends with footage of Congressman Ron DeSantis asking for campaign contributions. Desantis is one of Jolly’s three major opponents in the GOP race for U.S. Senate, along with defense contractor Todd Wilcox and Lieutenant Governor Carlos Lopez-Cantera.

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

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