Nelson files financial disclosure as Scott waits until late July

Democrats are eager to get a look at Republican Scott's holdings.
Sen. Bill Nelson faces a tough challenger in Rick Scott
Sen. Bill Nelson faces a tough challenger in Rick Scott
Published May 15, 2018|Updated May 15, 2018

WASHINGTON – Sen. Bill Nelson bought and sold a number of mutual funds in 2017, while reporting $52,000 in retirement income from the state of Florida and mortgage liabilities.

His financial disclosure on the May 15 deadline comes as opponent Rick Scott had gotten an extension until July 29 to reveal his much more complex financial portrait.

Nelson, who earns $174,000 as a senator, draws a state pension from his time in the Legislature and as a state treasurer, insurance commissioner and fire marshal, a post he was elected to in 1994.

He reported property valued between $1 million and $5 million in Brevard County (where he draws an agriculture exemption) as well as another undeveloped plot worth up to $500,000.

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In 2017, Nelson sold a number of IRA holdings and purchased mutual funds.

According to a 2015 report from, Nelson had a minimum net worth of $1.3 million and a maximum of $6 million.