Celano Pledges No Political Action Committee If Elected

Released on: May 9, 2008, 6:12 am

Press Release Author: Strategic Vision/David E. Johnson

Industry: Government

Press Release Summary: State House Candidate Pledges That He Will Adhere To The
Highest Ethics In State Legislature

Press Release Body: Vero Beach, FL/May 7, 2008 - Dr. Charles Celano, Republican
candidate for State House District 80, announces that if elected he will not
establish a political action committee to skirt state ethics laws. Dr. Celano says
that while such committees are legal they are designed to circumvent the meaning of
Florida laws that prohibit political contributions to state legislators during
legislative session. During a time when the public is skeptical of its political
leaders, Dr. Celano believes that Florida's political leaders must adhere to the
highest professional standards. The political action committees or 527s as they are
commonly referred to, are not subject to the state's $500 contribution limit.

"Floridians are skeptical of their elected leaders and many believe that they are
bought and paid for by special interests," said Dr. Celano. "While I know our
legislators vote for the best interests of their constituents, I believe that they
must set the highest ethical standard in their behavior. While political action
committees are legal, they give the public the wrong impression, particularly when
the public sees donations from lobbyists and corporations of $20,000 or $50,000.
That is why I will not set up a political action committee and I challenge my
opponent to take the same step in the right direction for ethics reform."

"I am concerned that when politicians accept over $200,000 in campaign contributions
from lobbyists that they regulate and then have a political action committee with
over half a million dollars in contributions from these same lobbyists, the public
has a hard time in believing that votes are not affected by contributions,"
continued Celano. "Recently we had the miniseries 'John Adams' on television that
showed the sacrifices that our founding fathers made in establishing America and
their fear of special interests, I think their example is proof for the need of
citizen politicians in Tallahassee versus career politicians."

The Florida State Senate has rules that political action committees run by members
have to shut down during legislative session. The Florida State House used to adhere
to that rule but changed direction in 2006, removing a ban on indirect solicitations
for political committees. As a result, state representatives can still take in money
during session by the various interests they regulate.

A graduate of State University of New York at Stony Brook, Dr. Celano earned his
medical degree at the University of Noreste. He completed his cardiology training
at University of Maryland Hospital in Baltimore. Like many, he was attracted to the
natural beauties of the Treasure Coast. He has served as Chief of Staff at Indian
River Memorial Hospital, Chairman of the Cardiology Department at Indian River
Memorial Hospital and serves as Medical Director of the Cardiac Rehabilitation
Program at IRMC-Duke Heart Center. He is a proud member of the Florida Medical
Association, Indian River County Medical Society, American College of Healthcare
Executives, and Fellow of the American College of Cardiology.
Dr. Celano is a proud member of Republicans for Life. With his dedication for life
and the sanctity of the unborn, he serves as a member of the Advisory Board for the
Carenet Pregnancy Centers of Indian River County.
Dr. Celano is a longtime member of the National Rifle Association and strong
champion of the Second Amendment. He is the proud parent of Charles and Catherine
who both reside in Vero Beach. He is a member of the Central Assembly of God Church.
Additional information on the Celano Campaign and Dr. Celano may be obtained at

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Contact Details: David E. Johnson
Strategic Vision

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