Charlie Crist and Rick Scott both grow richer
Gov. Rick Scott's personal wealth sprang to more than $130 million last year on the strength of his vast investments, and his chief rival, Charlie Crist, is now a millionaire, according to financial documents released Monday.
Scott's net worth rose from $83.8 million in 2012 to $132.7 million last year, an increase of more than a third, according to his financial disclosures.
Crist's financial statement, filed with his candidacy papers, listed a net worth of $1.25 million and $713,000 in income last year, with nearly half of it coming from his employer, the Morgan & Morgan personal injury law firm.
Crist has cited Scott's wealth as proof that the governor is out of touch with Floridians, and he recently said he's lived "paycheck to paycheck my entire life."
Scott, who has refused his salary as governor, released income tax returns for 2010, 2011 and 2012 "in order to provide even more transparency to the public" than the law requires, he said. He challenged Crist, who provided the financial disclosures required under state law, to do the same.