“Florida Is Not For Sale” committee plans to raise unlimited contributions to tout @KendrickMeek's candidacy

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The Florida political operative who was the finance director of Hillary Clinton’s 2008 presidential campaign in the Sunshine State has created a political committee to tout the Senate candidacy of Kendrick Meek, using unlimited contributions, the Center for Responsive Politics has learned.

Ben Pollara, a partner at the political consulting and fund-raising firm Wolfram Group, filed paperwork with the Federal Election Commission to establish the “Florida Is Not For Sale” committee in late July. The operation is designed to run independent expenditures supporting Meek.

On Friday, Pollara amended that paperwork to include a form letter stating the group plans on raising unlimited sums to get its message to voters.

“This Committee intends to make independent expenditures and, consistent with the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit decision in SpeechNow v. Federal Election Commission, it therefore intends to raise funds in unlimited amounts,” Pollara wrote (pdf file here). “This Committee will not use those funds to make contributions, whether direct, in-kind, or via coordinated communications, to federal candidates or committees.”

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