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Governor Scott scares up big money on Halloween



Gov. Rick Scott had a pretty sweet Halloween, new campaign finance reports show.

The Republican governor raised more money on that day - $288,350 - for his Let’s Get To Work political committee than on any other day in 2015, Florida Division of Election records show. His biggest donor on Oct. 31 was U.S. Sugar Corporation in Clewiston, which gave Scott $100,000.

The reports show for all of October, Scott’s committee raised $425,000 and has now raised more than $4.1 million for all of 2015.

Scott is in his final term as governor and cannot run for re-election. Still, Scott has continued to raise big money for his Let’s Get to Work Committee, raising speculation that Scott could run for the U.S. Senate in 2018. Scott has refused to discuss the possibility of running the Senate.

Below is a list of the 12 donors who have given Let’s Get to Work at least $100,000 or more in 2015.

Florida Chamber of Commerce - $500,000

Walt Disney World Parks and Resorts - $252,500

Jeffrey Vinik, Tampa Bay Lightning owner - $200,000

Associated Industries of Florida - $150,000

Voice of Florida Business, a PAC with ties to AIF – $130,000

Florida Jobs PAC, a PAC with ties to the Florida Chamber - $110,000

Consulate Health Care, Florida’s largest nursing home provider - $100,000

Lawrence DeGeorge, runs a charitible trust in Jupiter, FL - $100,000

Floridians for a Stronger Democracy, a political committee with ties to AIF - $100,000

Daniel Doyle Jr., Tampa Bay resident and CEO of DEX Imaging Inc - $100,000

Intervest Construction, homebuilder based in Daytona Beach - $100,000

U.S. Sugar Corporation, Clewiston, FL - $100,000.


[Last modified: Tuesday, November 10, 2015 1:32pm]


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