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Rick Scott writes himself another million dollar check



How many people would like to have this kind of problem? You write a $1.1 million check and it's not a memorable moment. That appears to be the situation with Republican candidate for governor Rick Scott, who, when asked last week if he'd written another check to cover a new ad buy, told St. Petersburg Times reporter Steve Bousquet: "I don't know."

His report tonight shows he wrote a $1.1 million check to his campaign Sept. 14, four days before he was asked, bringing his total personal loan to $40 million -- not including the help from his wife's political committee. The Republican Party of Florida also appears to making good on its promises to work with Scott. It steered $274,825 in soft money to Scott's campaign last week while Scott raised $184, 714 in hard cash.

By contrast, Democrat Alex Sink raised $386,222 for the period between Sept. 11 and Sept. 17, including $381, 713 in cash. This brings her total raised to $8.6 million with about $5.5 million left in cash on hand.

Both campaigns spent drained large chucks of cash from their campaigns accounts this week as they each launched three television ads, turning up the heat with a barrage of new ads.

[Last modified: Thursday, October 7, 2010 5:31pm]


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