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Kelly said he had hoped Okaloosa County, which saw millions stolen by Tourist Development Council head Mark Bellinger, would have made it through this election season without the type of "cronyism" on display in the District 4 race.
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"Nobody is buying me by contributing to my campaign," he said. "I make that clear. I'm asking them to buy into my vision."
Gaetz has establishedtwo political committees of his own, and he's working with similar committees and groups across the state to accumulate large amounts of money.
When contacted Friday, Gaetz told the Daily News he feels obligated to do what he can to remove the incumbent Amunds.
"There are different rules for the candidates and the political committees and parties," he said. "Our legislators have put in loopholes that allow political committees and parties to raise and spend unlimited dollars."
Gaetz said he is willing to throw a lot of money, either directly or indirectly, at local races and candidates he's taken an interest in.
"It's a shame that in a local election local voters will have very little say as vast amounts of money pour into this race," he said.
"Our system works best when candidates raise and spend their own money and are accountable. 'I approve this message' is more reliable than the alternative," Krassner said. "Committees and parties are less transparent and accountable than candidates themselves."
realizes he can't compete head on with both Gaetz and Goodwin.
He said he is personally offended by corruption that he has seen in Okaloosa County. He added that the scandals of the past have tarnished the reputation of county government.
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District 4 County Commission prospect Trey Goodwin is one of the local candidates on the receiving end of Gaetz's fund raising efforts. He makes no apologies for that.
Kelley predicted it would not be long before PAC money is put toward negative advertising in the District 4 race.
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Incumbent commissioner Don Amunds and businessman Henry Kelley are running against Goodwin for the District 4 seat.
That donation arrived from Brooksville three months after a $10,000 contribution moved through both of Gaetz's PACs and into the account of Florida Future Alliance.
"I can't stop them from doing whatever, from putting out whatever negative information " he said. "I just hope people will take the time to call and ask 'is this true?' "
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Dan Krassner, executive director of the non partisan group Integrity Florida, said more and more across the state, Florida's "broken and corrupt" campaign finance rules are being used, by both Democrats and Republicans, to influence local political races.
Krassner said PACs and the shadowy organizations that use committee generated dollars to build negative ad campaigns and mailers tend to separate the electorate from the candidates they're being asked to vote for.
The Florida Division of Elections lists Gaetz as the chairman of both.
Amunds said he's heard the same rumblings Kelley has, that thousands of dollars will be spent as election day draws nearer "to fill mailboxes with negative."
Goodwin also collected a $1,000 donation from the Florida Future Alliance, a committee headed by Republican state Rep. Rob Schenck.
Goodwin not only got a direct $500 donation from Gaetz, but he also has been the beneficiary of two $500 donations from the Economic Freedom Foundation and two $500 donations from the Free Enterprise Fund.
"I cannot overstate the difficulty of persuading legislators to send money to the Okaloosa County Commission," he said.
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