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Florida spent more than $2.46 million on security

Published Aug. 19, 2014

TALLAHASSEE

FDLE cost to protect Scott keeps growing

The cost of guarding Gov. Rick Scott continues to grow.

A new Florida Department of Law Enforcement report released Friday showed that the state spent more than $2.46 million on security between July 2013 and June 2014.

Most of that total was to provide around-the-clock protection for the governor and his wife. The amount spent on Scott's security has steadily grown during his time in office, and spending on security has been higher for Scott than it was while Charlie Crist was governor or during the final part of Gov. Jeb Bush's time in office.

This past fiscal year, taxpayers paid for 58 protective details of other elected officials, including three trips by New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie. One of the trips coincided with Christie coming to Florida to host fundraisers for Scott's re-election bid.

Taxpayers also paid for security for Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal, South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley and Attorney General Pam Bondi.

Associated Press

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