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Despite $25,000 limit, inaugural donors were urged to write two checks: one for governor, one for party

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January

Fundraisers for Rick Scott's inaugural committee did double duty last month, raising money for the new governor's three-day inaugural bash but also asking donors to write a second check to replenish the state Republican party's depleted coffers after the November elections.

The result from those double donors: $3 million to the inaugural committee and another $3.4 million to the Republican Party of Florida. The money given to the RPOF included 61 checks of $25,000 or more from some of the state's largest corporations.

Scott limited contributions to his inaugural celebration to $25,000, but donors were given a second chance to exceed their contribution -- by donating to the party -- and dozens of them did, according to a review by the Miami Herald/St. Petersburg Times.

"Any folks that could re-establish a balance to the coffers of the party were encouraged to give,'' said Brian Ballard, chairman of the finance committee for Scott's inauguration. "There was no coordinated attempt to raise money for the party, but there was no effort to not do it.'' More here.

Here's a partial list of double donors:

Donors to Gov. Rick Scott's inaugural committee gave nearly $3 million in cash to his
three-day celebration and another $3.4 million to the Republican Party of Florida. Below, a list of some of the contributors to the inauguration and what they gave to the RPOF:  

   $25,000 inaugural contributors and their gift to RPOF:

   21st Century Oncology - $25,000

   Agro-Industrial Management, subsidiary of Florida Crystals, sugar and energy - $25,000

   Altria, tobacco - $25,000

   AT&T - $25,000

   Bernard Klepach, head of Duty Free Air & Ship - $25,000

   Duty Free Air & Ship - $25,000

   Blue Cross/Blue Shield, largest health insurer in Florida - $525,000

   Council for Senior Floridians, nursing homes - $20,000

   CSMB Condominiums, real estate - $25,000

   Disney Worldwide, tourism - $25,000

   Dosal Tobacco, tobacco - $20,000

   Florida Concrete Products, development - $25,000

   Florida Crystals, sugar, energy - $200,000

   Florida Credit Union PAC - $25,000

   Florida East Coast Industries, rail - $25,000

   Florida Jobs PAC, Chamber of Commerce, undisclosed business, health care, energy groups
- $30,000

   Florida Pioneer Investments, subsidiary of Florida Crystals, sugar, energy - $25,000

   Florida Transportation Builders, roads - $25,000

   Florida Medical Assn. - $25,000

   Foley & Lardner, lobbying and law firm - $25,000

   John French, tobacco lobbyist - $25,000

   Green Solar Transportation, health care, energy - $25,000

   GTECH, gambling - $25,000

   Holland & Knight, lobbying and law firm - $45,000

   Houghton Mifflin, textbook publishers - $25,000

   Huizenga Holdings, waste management - $25,000

   Wayne Huizenga, waste management - $75,000

   Impact, insurance - $30,000

   Intervest Construction, developer - $25,000

   Gary Kompothecras, chiropractor - $25,000

   Las Vegas Sands Corp., gambling - $25,000

   Ned Lautenbach, Naples equity investor - $25,000

   Liberty Partners, investment - $25,000

   Morgan & Morgan, law firm - $30,000

   Gary Morse, developer of the Villages - $25,000

   The Villages, development - $25,000

   Neal Communities, developer - $25,000

   Office Depot, office products - $30,000

   Thomas Petway, insurance - $25,000

   Pitney Bowes, mailing systems - $25,000

   Preferred Care Medical, health care - $35,000

   Principal Investment, investments - $25,000

   Progress Energy, energy, utilities - $25,000

   Realtors PAC, real estate - $45,000

   Risk Management associates, insurance - $25,000

   Francis Rooney & Rooney Holdings, Naples real estate and development - $50,000

   Wayne Rosen, health care - $20,000

   Seminole Tribe of Florida, gambling - $25,000

   James Seneff, developer - $25,000

   Settlement Funding, insurance - $25,000

   Robert Stork, engineer - $25,000

   Sun Corn Inc., agriculture, subsidiary of Florida Crystals - $25,000

   TECO Energy, energy - $30,000

   The Geo Group, private prisons - $82,000

   St. Joe Co., developer - $25,000

   Tripp Scott, lobbying and law firm - $25,000

   U.S. Sugar, sugar, development - $175,000

   Richard Ullman, health care - $25,000

   United Automobile Insurance, insurance - $25,000

   Universal City Development, Universal Studios - $25,000

   Ronald Wanek, furniture - $25,000

   $15,000 inaugural contributors and their gift to RPOF:  

   Carlton Fields, lobbying and law firm - $15,000

   Miles & Parker Collier, Naples developers - $25,000

   Diego North America, alcohol - $40,000

   Global Tel Link, telecommunications - $15,000

   JM Family Enterprises, auto dealer - $30,000
 
   $10,000 inaugural contributors and their gift to RPOF:

   A. Duda & Sons, agribusiness - $10,000

   Aetna, health care insurance - $10,000

   Alerman Senterfitt, lobbying and law firm - $35,000

   Associated Industries of Florida, undisclosed business groups - $50,000

   AvMed, health care - $10,000

   Caspers Co., restaurants - $10,000

   Cenetene Management, health care - $10,000

   FCCI Services, insurance - $10,000

   Florida Bankers Association, banking - $10,000

   Fla. Emergency Physicians, health care - $10,000

   Florida RV trade assoc., recreational vehicles - $10,000

   Fort Knox storage center, storage - $10,000

   Fowler, White & Boggs, lobbying and law firm - $10,000

   GL Homes, developer - $10,000

   GMRI restaurants - $10,000

   Gulfstream Park racetrack & Mardis Gras Casino, gambling - $35,000

   Heffley & Assoc., lobbyist -  $10,000

   Keiser University, for-profit education - $10,000

   Mabry Carlton Ranch, ranching - $10,000

   Maloof Enterprises, consulting - $10,000

   MCNA Dental Plans, health care - $10,000

   Peace River Citrus Products, agriculture - $10,000

   Pfizer, pharmaceuticals - $10,000

   Radiology Imaging, health care - $10,000

   Verizon, telecommunications - $12,500

   Walmart, retail - $15,000

   Wellcare, health care - $10,000

   Sources: Republican Party of Florida quarterly filings, Rick Scott Inaugural Committee

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   Compiled by Mary Ellen Klas

[Last modified: Tuesday, January 18, 2011 3:15pm]

    

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