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Rick Scott raises $830k in 10 days for inauguration



Most of the money is from maximum $25,000 contributions, according to a contribution report posted online today.

Predictably, the donations largely are from the types of special interests that backed Scott's GOP primary rival and that Scott blamed for pushing the state into it's economic crisis.

The contributions are being made to the Republican Party of Florida. A spokeswoman for the inauguration would not say how much money Scott hoped to raise for the celebration. Any unspent cash will be given to the Wounded Warrior Project.

Here are some thumbnails of the contributors so far.

• Blue Cross Blue Shield: the largest health insurance provider in Florida.

• Health Management Associates (HMA): A Naples-based company that runs 22 hospitals in Florida and dozens of clinics. It's division president for the Southeast region, Alan Levine, is also head of Scott's healthcare transition team.

• Gary Morse: developer of The Villages. He gave another $25k through The Villages corporation.

• Florida Crystals: A West Palm Beach-based sugar giant that also gave $25k through three of its affiliates: Sun Corn, Florida Pioneer Investments and Agro-Industrial Management.

[Last modified: Monday, November 29, 2010 8:46pm]


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