The Virginia-based group called Alliance for America’s Future has bought TV advertisements to be broadcast throughout Florida titled “Fraud,” leaving little doubt they are aimed at Republican gubernatorial hopeful Rick Scott, reported the St. Petersburg Times on Wednesday.
The group has supported Scott’s Republican primary opponent Attorney General Bill McCollum in the past, but McCollum’s campaign declined to comment about the ads that start airing on Thursday and are scheduled to run through at least June 2.
McCollum’s campaign spokeswoman Kristy Campbell told the St. Petersburg Times that “We’re not surprised. Any number of groups and individuals are gravely concerned about Rick Scott and the impact he would have in Florida.”
The article also points out that the same group funding the ads has run into controversy over ads over the governor’s race in Nevada this year, where the Alliance for America’s Future did not register as a political action committee. In Florida, there are no such requirements for groups such as Alliance for America’s Future, unless Gov. Charlie Crist signs into law HB 131, which would reform political advertising guidelines.
Scott’s campaign labeled the ads a “dirty trick” from McCollum and said they had no doubts his campaign was responsible since the group and McCollum use the same media consultant.