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Gov. Rick Scott's political committee starts year with spending binge



Florida Gov. Rick Scott started 2016 on a bit of a spending spree with his political action committee.


Scott’s Let’s Get To Work committee spent nearly $1.4 million in January, about double the amount he spent in the previous eight months combined, according to Florida Division of Elections campaign finance reports.


The bulk of Scott’s spending (almost $1.2 million) in January was on “media production” according to campaign records. Let’s Get to Work released a new television commercial early in January to tout his job creation efforts and promote his top legislative priorities.


For January, Scott has raised $579,832 and spent almost $1.4 million. Almost half of the money Scott raised in January came on Jan. 29, when he collected $255,000 from just five groups and business. The Florida Chamber of Commerce PAC gave Let’s Get to Work $100,000 on that day and $50,000 each came from the Florida Insurance Council Political Committee, Realtors Political Advocacy Committee and Florida Blue. The final $5,000 came from Delaware North Companies of Buffalo, N.Y.


The political fundraising and spending comes even though Scott faces term limits and cannot seek re-election. He has not said if he intends to run for another office, but speculation is that Scott is looking at running for the U.S. Senate in 2018 when Sen. Bill Nelson, a Democrat, would be up for re-election.



[Last modified: Wednesday, February 3, 2016 10:52am]


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