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THE MONEY BEHIND THE GOVERNOR

Gov. Rick Scott already has raised a whopping $18.5 million in pursuit of a second term.

Scott's political committee, Let's Get to Work, is a magnet for big-money donations from a variety of special interests seeking favors or an audience with the governor's office. Scott's incumbency and reliably pro-business positions make him a safe bet for donors.

With nearly 2,600 donors to date, Scott's re-election fundraising strategy is a stark contrast to his 2010 campaign, when he ran as an outsider, was shunned by the Republican Party network and financed his effort with more than $70 million of his money. This time, Scott is the recipient of money from a deep pool of political insiders, and with the election still more than a year away, he runs a lean operation, having spent about 10 cents of every dollar raised.

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$18,498,277

TOTAL FUNDS RAISED SO FAR

2,593

CONTRIBUTORS

$7,134

AVERAGE CONTRIBUTION

$16,569,640 (90%)

IN-STATE CONTRIBUTIONS

$2,001,471 (11%)

TAMPA BAY CONTRIBUTIONS

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BIGGEST CONTRIBUTORS

Blue Cross Blue Shield of Florida: $637,500

Seminole Tribe of Florida: $505,000

Florida Power & Light: $555,512

Bill Edwards, Treasure Island entrepreneur: $500,000

H. Wayne Huizenga, Fort Lauderdale investor: $270,500

Sheldon Adelson, Las Vegas casino executive: $250,000

Shahid Khan, Jacksonville Jaguars owner:$250,000

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BIGGEST CONTRIBUTOR GROUPS

Health care: $2,558,099

Real estate: $1,212,612

Gaming: $1,100,045

Investors: $1,081,582

Agriculture: $980,150

Insurance: $911,368

Political committees: $865,500

Developer: $760,509

Utilities: $729,290

Retirees: $590,197

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GOLDEN ZIP CODES

33408: NORTH PALM BEACH $573,172

32301: tALLAHASSEE $508,77

33706: ST. PETE BEACH $502,075

33301: FORT LAUDERDALE $467,169

33314: HOLLYWOOD $504,100

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Notes: Period covered: Jan. 19, 2011-Sept. 30, 2013. Tampa Bay includes Pinellas, Hillsborough, Pasco and Hernando.

Source: Letsgettowork.net

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