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Sheldon Adelson pumps $250k into Rick Scott's re-election fund




Sheldon Adelson, the gambling magnate who pretty much kept Newt Gingrich's presidential campaign in business, wrote a $250,000 check to Gov. Rick Scott's "Let's Get to Work" political action committee last week, records show.

The donation is dated June 5.

Adelson and his relatives donated more than $16 million to the pro-Gingrich super PAC Winning the Future during the GOP presidential primary. In Scott's case, it's unclear if Adelson like Scott's politics, or if he's hoping to push for increased gambling in the state. Most likely, it's both.

Scott flew to Las Vegas to meet with Adelson during his transition into office.

Florida Power & Light also wrote a $250,000 check dated June 4, and the anti-lawyer group Committee for Florida Justice Reform contributed $100,000. The group was among the strongest advocates for the changes to the state's no-fault car insurance law.

The money pumped into Scott's account -- about $750,000 in the last 8 days -- is an excellent reminder that, despite Scott's low approval ratings, Scott stands to pose a formidable challenge to any Democrat in 2014.

[Last modified: Tuesday, June 12, 2012 2:56pm]


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