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Bill Nelson Puts Campaign Workers on Payroll After Free Beacon Report

Democratic senator Bill Nelson (Fla.) appears to have begun reclassifying consultants working for his campaign as salaried employees after it was revealed his campaign was structured to avoid common costs.

The Nelson campaign's latest filing, a pre-primary report covering expenses from July and the first week of August, was the first of the cycle to include payroll disbursements and associated costs, including payroll taxes and worker benefits. Previously, Nelson's "completely uncommon" campaign structure had allowed the campaign to save big, but led to criticism from his Republican opponent Rick Scott, who labeled the Democrat a "hypocrite."

The new filing discloses that nearly all of the individuals put on the payroll were being paid by the campaign as independent contractors until July 15, two days after the Washington Free Beacon‘s July 13 report showing Nelson to be the only 2018 Senate candidate without any employees.


Has Russia hacked into Florida’s election system? There is no evidence.

Sen. Bill Nelson (D-Fla.): “At the urging, I might say, of the chairman and vice chairman of the Intelligence Committee, we wrote and signed a joint letter to all 67 county supervisors of election to tell them that the Russians are in Florida’s records. And they need help. And they can get that help free of charge from the Department of Homeland Security that will come in and help secure their database, their election records. But it’s got to be at their initiative to do that.”

Steve Bousquet, Tampa Bay Times: “Do you know which records the Russians are accessing?”

Nelson: “That’s classified.”


After promising to withhold judgment, Bill Nelson blasts Supreme Court nominee

When the New York Times chased down Sen. Bill Nelson, D-Fla., in the halls of Congress, he didn’t answer their questions. He couldn’t talk about the nomination of Brett Kavanaugh, the Florida Democrat whispered, because he was losing his voice. His answer might have less to do with his vocal cords and more to do with the fact that he is facing a tough challenge in Gov. Rick Scott.

Nelson says different things at different times about how he will vote on the Supreme Court nominee. One day he said he wouldn’t vote for Kavanaugh. The next, he said he would make his decision after meeting one-on-one with the justice.


Bill Nelson’s Campaign Avoiding Taxes, Health Care Costs on Campaign Staff

Democratic senator Bill Nelson (Fla.) has been avoiding common campaign expenses such as paying payroll tax and providing benefits such as health insurance by staffing his reelection effort solely through contractors, a rarely used and frowned-upon tactic.

Nelson's filings with the Federal Election Commission so far this cycle contain no disbursements for payroll or salary, nor payments for payroll taxes that come along with having salaried workers. Also missing are any payments for health insurance, which campaigns provide to full-time employees.


So Much for the 'Immigrant Children Crisis,' a Bill Nelson Issue that Isn't

The immigration issue has reached an acetylene-level of hot-takes the past couple of weeks (especially heating up after the FBI IG report exposing administrative misbehavior).

The media’s concerted effort to politicize the Department Of Justice's new enforcement policy of existing law at the border has crescendoed to a hysteria pitch. Florida politicians haven't hesitated to maximize their political gains.


Flip-Flop Alert: Story of the Judicial Nominee Bill Nelson Un-Recommended

It's well known political issues can cause candidates to change position in an election year. In a stark advancement of that premise, Bill Nelson is proving he's in as nervous a position with his reelection campaign as he is changing his position on a judicial nominee he recommended for a U.S. District Court post in Florida.

The sudden turnabout has to be regarded as a desperate lurch for the man in a struggle to retain his Senate seat against Gov. Rick Scott.


How Bill Nelson Is Souring the Milk of Human Kindness, or Trolling Grief for Campaign Cash

It's one thing to politicize a tragedy that's left dozens of your constituents grieving. Unsavory as it is, it happens every campaign year on both sides of the aisle.

But when a politician uses a horrific act like the Parkland massacre of 14 high school students and three teachers to fill his campaign chest, he really is down there with the slithering serpents.

I'm talking about you, Bill Nelson.


Bill Nelson: I Always Opposed Offshore Drilling ... Uh, Except When I Didn't

Either Bill Nelson has been standing too close to Charlie Crist, or his memory is beginning to go south. Or, more probably, he just doesn't think you'll notice. The point is, when it comes to offshore drilling, Florida's senior senator has developed a conspicuous case of the flip-flops.

Nelson is out there telling the world he's a "career-long opponent of offshore drilling." He recently put out a 900-word press release with a timeline outlining his supposed opposition.

Except the timeline conveniently omits his 2010 support for an Obama Administration plan to expand offshore drilling off the Florida coast.


Backbench Bill Nelson just doesn’t get it.

Backbench Bill Nelson just doesn’t get it. The new tax reform bill finally gives middle-class families the tax relief they’ve been waiting for - but Florida’s own Bill Nelson voted against it.

The bill, which provides massive tax relief for over 80 percent of Americans and DOUBLED the child tax credit from $1,000 to $2,000 apparently wasn’t worth a “yes” vote from Backbench Bill. Instead, he followed along with the rest of his Democratic colleagues and voted to let the government take more of YOUR hard-earned money.

Backbench Bill has failed Florida - again. It’s time to send someone in the U.S. Senate who supports Florida’s middle-class.

John Morgan: Back Bench Bill "Accomplishes Nothing"

Back bench Bill Nelson just got called out by one of Florida's most prominent (former) Democratic figures!

John Morgan, a major Dem financial backer announced he's leaving the Democratic party and plans to register as an independent.

But he didn't stop there. He blasted back bench Bill Nelson's failed tenure in the U.S. Senate, where according to Morgan, Nelson "accomplishes nothing."