Gov. Scott gets fund-raising boost from hotel and restaurant lobby
Members of the Florida Legislature are prohibited from soliciting or accepting campaign money during their annual 60-day session, but that ban doesn't apply to Gov. Rick Scott. The governor will attend a campaign fund-raiser Tuesday evening in Havana, near Tallahassee, at the home of hospitality executive Carol Dover, who is the long-time leader of the Florida Restaurant and Lodging Association.
As the News Service of Florida reports, Scott's fund-raising got off to a strong start in January but tailed off in February. After posting more than $1.2 million in contributions in January, the political committee backing Scott’s re-election, Let's Get to Work, posted $11,500 last month with the money all coming in before his Feb. 20 announcement in support of an expansion of Medicaid, according to the re-election group’s website.
The committee reported nine contributions in February, all posted Feb. 19, with four coming from the Tallahassee post office box of the lobbying firm ofJohnson and Blanton, including $500 from the Council of Florida Family Practice and Community Teaching Hospitals, Inc. The Florida Hospital Healthcare System in Orlando also put up $500.