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Beer giant becomes one of Gov. Scott's top donors



The former CEO of one of the nation's best known beer brewing companies has become one of Gov. Rick Scott's top financial supporters.

New campaign finance reports released this month August Busch III donated another $25,000 to Scott's Let's Get to Work Committee in December. That donation brought the total amount Busch gave Scott in 2015 to $100,000. With the donation, Busch joins an elite group of 13 donors who have given Scott at least $100,000 since the start of 2015.

Busch, the 78-year-old great grandson of Anheuser-Busch founder Adolphus Busch, was CEO of the brewing giant for 27 years.

Scott is in his final term as governor but has raised about $4.8 million for his Let's Get to Work Committee. While there has been speculation that Scott intends to run for another office in 2018, he has refused to say what his plans are.

Here’s a list of Scott’s donors who have given at least $100,000 in 2015:

Florida Chamber of Commerce - $540,000

Walt Disney World Parks and Resorts - $252,500

Jeffrey Vinik, Tampa Bay Lightning owner - $200,000

Associated Industries of Florida - $150,000

Floridians for a Stronger Democracy, a political committee with ties to AIF - $150,000

Voice of Florida Business, a PAC with ties to AIF – $130,000

Florida Jobs PAC, a PAC with ties to the Florida Chamber - $110,000

Consulate Health Care, Florida’s largest nursing home provider - $100,000

Lawrence DeGeorge, runs a charitible trust in Jupiter, FL - $100,000

Daniel Doyle Jr., Tampa Bay resident and CEO of DEX Imaging Inc - $100,000

Intervest Construction, homebuilder based in Daytona Beach - $100,000

August Busch III, former Anheuser-Busch CEO from St. Peters, Missouri - $100,000

U.S. Sugar Corporation - $100,000


[Last modified: Monday, January 18, 2016 11:36am]


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