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Rick Scott holds party during government shut down

His 'Sunshine Ball' seeks $100,000 donations to his political committee
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Published Jan. 8, 2019
Updated Jan. 8, 2019

Rick Scott promised to "get something done" if elected Florida Senator. Today he becomes a senator, and one of the first things he will get done is raising money for his political committee.

He hosts a black tie Sunshine Ball tonight in Washington, where donors are asked to contribute up to $100,000.

The gala party at the Andrew Mellon Auditorium comes in the midst of a federal government shut down. Thousands of federal workers are going unpaid, while Scott donors will pay at least $25,000 for a photo opportunity with Florida's new senator.

Scott is scheduled to be sworn in at 4 p.m., and Florida's senior Senator, Marco Rubio, will attend.

"Senator-elect Scott is excited to start his term in the U.S. Senate and fight for Florida families," Scott spokesman Chris Hartline said when asked about the Sunshine Ball. "During his 8 years as governor, Governor Scott didn't accept a salary. In the Senate, he will be donating his full salary."

The 7 p.m. Sunshine Ball conflicts with The Governor's Inaugural Ball for Ron DeSantis at the Donald L. Tucker Civic Center in Tallahassee. Donors and supporters of both will have to choose which bash to attend.

President Donald Trump will cut into Scott's party, holding a prime time , Oval Office TV address about the government shut down and southern border fence at 9 p.m.

The Senate on Tuesday evening is also scheduled to consider its first bill of the new Congress, a Middle East defense and policy package that just so happens to be sponsored by Sen.  Rubio.