Wait, what? Loranne Ausley says she would accept campaign cash from anyone

Loranne Ausley
Ausley has been under attack over FDP's acceptance of federal PPP loans.

Loranne Ausley doesn’t care who gives her campaign money, according to an answer she gave during a Senate District 3 candidate forum Tuesday.

Forum moderator Jim Rosica, Tallahassee Democrat News Director, posed the question.

“Is there any interest group or org that you will not accept a campaign contribution from?”

Ausley answered simply, “No.”

Given a chance to clarify when Rosica asked, “You’ll take money from anybody,” Ausley affirmed with, “yes.”

Her statements are particularly odd considering Ausley has been under attack from her SD 3 opponent, Republican Marva Preston, over a Paycheck Protection Program loan the Florida Democratic Party initially accepted, but later returned after coming under harsh fire. The loans, forgivable under most circumstances, were meant for small businesses, not political organizations.

Republicans in races across the state, including Preston in SD 3, have been criticizing Democrats for accepting funds by proxy from those federal loans.

Preston campaign launched a TV ad blasting Ausley for accepting PPP funds. Ausley rejected the claim and called on Preston to pull the attack ads.

“Our campaign did not receive any money and this is another page from the Trump playbook of lies and distractions because they don’t want to talk about the issues,” Ausley said. “Now that we know the truth, I hope that maybe Miss Preston will pull these ads and pull these flyers. I get them every day, I get sometimes two or three a day.”

Beyond those allegations, Ausley’s blunt statement that she would accept campaign contributions from anyone is likely to fuel further attacks. Democrats tend to scrutinize campaign contributions to Republican candidates from special interest groups and outside spending organizations. Many go so far as to swear off such contributions.

Not the case for Ausley.

And it’s not as if she necessarily needs the funding.

Ausley has taken in more than $473,000 for her race and another $311,000 in in-kind contributions, almost exclusively from the Florida Democratic Legislative Campaign Committee. Preston, meanwhile, has taken in nearly $115,000 and another $92,000 in in-kind contributions, mostly from the Republican Senatorial Campaign Committee. Further, Ausley retains nearly $280,000 in her campaign coffers compared to Preston’s $85,000.

SD 3 is a Democratic-leaning seat that covers all of Calhoun, Franklin, Gadsden, Gulf, Hamilton, Jefferson, Leon, Liberty, Madison, Taylor and Wakulla counties in North Florida.

Janelle Irwin Taylor

Janelle Irwin Taylor has been a professional journalist covering local news and politics in Tampa Bay since 2003. Most recently, Janelle reported for the Tampa Bay Business Journal. She formerly served as senior reporter for WMNF News. Janelle has a lust for politics and policy. When she’s not bringing you the day’s news, you might find Janelle enjoying nature with her husband, children and two dogs. You can reach Janelle at [email protected]


4 comments

  • Domino

    September 22, 2020 at 8:25 pm

    Ms. Ausley will have plenty of free time to enjoy her $1.6M chalet in the Grand Tetons.

    • Pierce Todd Withers

      September 24, 2020 at 6:50 pm

      I always wonder about people who are willing to attack someone but unwilling to use their real names. Who are you “Domino?” I’m guessing just another Trumpster Troll too much of a coward to come into the light and show your face.

  • Sonja Fitch

    September 23, 2020 at 4:55 pm

    Blah blah. A lot of our hard earned tax dollars were used by the Trump to Buy his election! Sad fact is Trump ain’t got any money for his campaign ! Let’s see what Trump lies about and takes the money!

  • Pierce Todd Withers

    September 24, 2020 at 6:31 pm

    What my sources are telling me is that Marva Preston’s wealthy Right-Wing Republican backers have dumped nearly $1 million into attack ads against Loranne Ausley. This article is a piece of garbage designed to misinform. I hope folks will see this post as the filthy, partisan propaganda it represents.

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