Let's Get to Work Committee Raises $1M in April

By: Jim Saunders, The News Service of Florida
By: Jim Saunders, The News Service of Florida

THE CAPITAL, TALLAHASSEE, May 4, 2012

Jim Saunders, The News Service of Florida

With Gov. Rick Scott making plans to run for re-election in 2014, a closely linked political committee raised more than $1 million in April --- and has already collected nearly $2 million this year, according to the committee's website.

The Let's Get To Work Committee received $1.06 million last month, after collecting $918,703 earlier in the year, a list of contributors on the website shows. As a point of comparison, the Florida Democratic Party raised about $1.2 million between Jan. 1 and March 31.

Scott, whose upstart 2010 campaign enjoyed heavy backing from the committee, made clear recently that he will seek a second term.

"I'm running for re-election,'' the Republican said. "I like this job. This is the best job you can imagine."

Committees such as Let's Get To Work are not bound by the campaign-finance limits placed on candidates, who cannot accept individual contributions of more than $500. Let's Get To Work reported on the website that it received three contributions of $100,000 each in April.

Those contributions came from The Geo Group, Progress Energy and a political committee linked to the Florida Optometric Association --- all of which have major legislative or regulatory issues in state government.

Geo, which operates private prisons, has been involved during the past year in a legislative controversy about privatizing correctional facilities across the southern part of the state. Progress, meanwhile, has interests in numerous energy-related issues in the Legislature and at the Public Service Commission, while optometrists have long lobbied for expanded drug-prescribing powers.

Other major donors in April included New York developer Donald Trump and Jacksonville developer David Hutson, who each gave $50,000, according to the committee website.

The committee also received numerous smaller contributions from people or companies that have interests in state government. As examples, the Seminole Tribe of Florida, which has a major stake in gambling issues, and the school operator Charter Schools USA each gave $5,000.

Longtime lobbyist John French, who is listed on the website as the committee's coordinator, could not immediately be reached for comment Thursday. The information also shows the committee spent less than $21,000 during April, with the money appearing to go to relatively routine consulting and accounting costs.

Scott has not opened a campaign account for the 2014 race, but he is almost sure to have a huge funding advantage over any potential opponent. Senate Minority Leader Nan Rich, D-Weston, opened a campaign account last month to seek the Democratic nomination, but she has not been required to report contributions yet.


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  • by Bolillo Location: Wakulla on May 6, 2012 at 06:06 AM
    Hang in there, King Scott, the other 66 counties are behind you. With the 8 registered voters in Liberty county, 12 in Dixie, 36 in Franklin, 44 in Gulf, and 4 in Jefferson, keep focused on Dade & Orange county and the greater sea port areas of Tampa & Jax where they think before they vote. Oh, we'll hand you Wakulla - again. Leon? Fuhget about it. They're still job scared.
  • by Neo on May 5, 2012 at 08:17 PM
    I've seen him in the Matrix. He's of the Draco lineage.
  • by State Employee on May 5, 2012 at 08:05 AM
    I support four more years. He has done a great job considering how dire our state government and localized economy has been.
    • reply
      by Tax Payer on May 5, 2012 at 01:51 PM in reply to State Employee
      State employee, you must be one of the little campaign workers Ricky hired after elections. You are just a token and not someone who has worked his way up to a meager salary. Keep your lame comments to yourself.
  • by Judd on May 5, 2012 at 06:32 AM
    Just 912 days until we vote on the unconvicted felon's reign of tyranny and put a to his mein kampf to destroy the lives 0f Florida Citizens and pay-off his corporate fluffers.
  • by Anonymous on May 4, 2012 at 07:16 PM
    Ok voters, this will be a fantastic opportunity to show that individual votes elect those we want to lead us - not megamillions from millionaires and companies that want favorable legislation to benefit their profits. Scott just wants 4 more years to show that Florida is for sale. Just imagine how many jobs could be supported and how many problems that lack funding would be solved if all of the super pac money from ALL groups were spent on issues and not candidates.
  • by ed Location: fl on May 4, 2012 at 02:44 PM
    I just want to know where are all those 7000 jobs are that ol' Gov. Voldemort promised Florida taxpayers when he ran the first time? Let's Get to Work my fanny! The only thing he wants to work on is lining his pockets and eliminating state jobs. What a waste.
    • reply
      by the emperor has no clothes on May 4, 2012 at 08:24 PM in reply to ed
      We're only paying him $1 a year. But we're getting what we paid for.
  • by dt on May 4, 2012 at 12:40 PM
    Every politician that receives money from an individual or corporation, does so because he has either helped them or plans to help them financially. Why do you think so many minorities ran to the aide of Obama and placed a vote for him. Just because he was black? Ok, well probably, but it was also because they believed he could better their lives. And he has, he's paid them alot of money to sit on their porches.
  • by Tony Location: Tallahassee on May 4, 2012 at 12:27 PM
    All the money in the world wont get this devil re-elected. The lets get to work governor has laid off half the state so far. Its gonna take VOTES Rick, not cash. Ask Meg Whitman in California how many of her own millions she threw away trying to take her state governorship. Thanks for the education you have given us. Now we can elect a real human for the job.
    • reply
      by Anonymous on May 4, 2012 at 05:42 PM in reply to Tony
      Why don't you jump in the race? Maybe you could "steel" Scott's job.
      • reply
        by State Employee on May 5, 2012 at 08:06 AM in reply to
        Tony never showed up for work on time. I had no choice, but to fire him. Funny thing, I didnt' need to hire anyone to pick up his slack.
        • reply
          by Anonymous on May 5, 2012 at 01:09 PM in reply to State Employee
          Zinnnnnnggggggg!
  • by Tax Payer on May 4, 2012 at 12:03 PM
    Why don't they use this to pay for Scott's high price out of state attorneys he highers to defend his illegal mandates? (drug testing TANF recipients and state employees) I'm tired of having to pay for this man's ego while our roads and bridges are crumbling away.
  • by Miss Swan on May 4, 2012 at 11:28 AM
    He's no different, but he look-a like-a man.
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