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Gov. Rick Scott chips in to help GOP hold Florida Senate

Florida Gov. Rick Scott greets state legislators as he prepared to deliver his State of the State address at the start of the 2016 legislative session.

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Florida Gov. Rick Scott greets state legislators as he prepared to deliver his State of the State address at the start of the 2016 legislative session.

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Florida Gov. Rick Scott, who has largely been absent on the campaign trail this fall, is finally chipping in financially to help Republicans maintain control of the Florida Senate.

Scott’s Let’s Get to Work political committee sent $50,000 to the Florida Republican Senatorial Committee as the GOP battles to maintain its 26-14 edge in the Senate. It’s the only donation Let’s Get to Work has made this year to the Florida Republican Senatorial Committee.

"The Senate has several competitive races and we wanted to help them close strong," said Melissa Stone, an advisor to Let's Get to Work who is also with Cavalry Strategies LLC. 

Scott has mostly stayed away from the campaign trail this year. He has said that is because he’s been focused on his job as governor, particularly as the state recovers from two hurricanes and deals with the Zika virus.

It’s hardly the biggest donation to the committee, which has raised $6.4 million since Oct. 1. Other political committees run by state Senators have been the biggest supporters of the committee. The Florida Leadership Committee, run by Sen. Jack Latvala, R-Clearwater, has poured $400,000 into the committee since Oct. 1. And State Sen. Bill Galvano, R-Bradenton, has put $925,000 into the fund through his political committee, Innovate Florida, since the start of October.

The biggest donations have come from Friends of Dana Young, which has put $1 million into the fund. Young is running for the Senate in Tampa against Democrat Bob Buesing and independent Joe Redner. Candidates like Young send money to the committee even though they need it because the committee can usually leverage that money for better rates for television ads and other campaign expenses.

[Last modified: Monday, November 7, 2016 1:27pm]

    

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