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Rick Scott's pro-Trump super PAC rakes in $18 million

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October

Gov. Rick Scott's super PAC supporting Donald Trump pulled in nearly $18 million in the third quarter, including $6 million from Linda McMahon of WWE fame and a former U.S. Senate candidate in Connecticut.

McMahon has been critical of Trump --"He's not helping, certainly, to put women in the best light," she told Yahoo Politics in March -- but joined the team and her donations to Rebuilding America Now came in several installments starting in August, according to an FEC report.

The PAC had $3 million cash on hand, having spent the bulk of the money on a number of TV commercials supporting Trump and attacking Hillary Clinton.

Other big donors:

Marcus Bernard, a founder of Home Depot: $5 million

Ronald Cameron, the poultry billionaire  - $2 million

See all the donors here. Gov. Scott is not among them.

As Scott has taken on a growing role helping raise money for a super PAC supporting Donald Trump, his own political action committee on the state level has dramatically slowed its fundraising.

Since the start of 2015, Scott had raised more than $7 million in his Let’s Get to Work political action committee which he has used to run television ads and support his legislative agenda. But since Aug. 27, Scott has received just one $100 check. It’s the least amount of money Scott has raised during a nearly two month stretch since early 2011 in his first six months in office.

Scott is still spending money out of the account though. Earlier this month Let’s Get to Work sent a $200,0000 contribution to Florida Jobs PAC, a political action committee affiliated with the Florida Chamber of Commerce. It was his largest single donation in more than 6 months.

-- Times staff writer Jeremy Wallace contributed to this report.

[Last modified: Tuesday, October 18, 2016 6:12pm]

    

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