Scott-Linked Committee Tops $2.5M This Year

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


Jim Saunders, The News Service of Florida

Buoyed by a few big contributions, a political committee closely linked to Gov. Rick Scott collected $560,000 in May --- bringing its total this year to slightly more than $2.5 million, according to a list of donors on its website.

The Let's Get to Work Committee has been stockpiling cash, indicating on the website that it spent only about $13,000 in May on relatively routine expenses such as consulting services, accounting and equipment.

Scott has already said he plans to run for re-election in 2014, and the committee, known as an electioneering communications organization, could play an important role. Such organizations are not bound by the same $500 limits on contributions made directly to candidates' campaigns and can pour money into political ads.

The committee in May received $450,000 from a handful of contributors. Fort Lauderdale businessman H. Wayne Huizenga, who has long supported Republican candidates, contributed $250,000, according to the list on the committee website.

Meanwhile, Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Florida, another major player in Republican politics, contributed $100,000, the list shows. Also, workers-compensation insurer Guarantee Insurance Co. and two firms that share the same address and have other ties contributed a total of $100,000.

The committee also received dozens of smaller contributions, such as $5,000 from Sea World Parks & Entertainment, Inc., of Orlando, and $20,000 from people or firms identified as being developers or in real estate.

Only one Democrat, Weston Sen. Nan Rich, has announced plans to run against Scott in 2014, though others mentioned as possibilities include former state Chief Financial Officer Alex Sink, the party's unsuccessful 2010 nominee. Rich has opened a campaign account but will not have to report contributions until next month.

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  • by RICKY BOBBY on Jun 6, 2012 at 07:14 PM
  • by Mike Location: Tally on Jun 6, 2012 at 08:58 AM
    I used to work for Blue Cross Blue Shield of Florida, until my position in IT was "eliminated". Amazing the number of job postings I saw, and was contacted for my exact postition, and others that were released. BCBSFL or Florida Blue as it is not called always has plenty of money to give away, but not for the employees. This company is very top heavy. Would be nice to publicly see the compensation, but they won't as a not for profit company.
  • by FED UP WITH SCUM! on Jun 5, 2012 at 09:31 AM
    Where do we find this list of contributors so we know which contributor's businesses to boycott? If they have money to give away, then they don't need my business.
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      by Alex on Jun 5, 2012 at 02:37 PM in reply to FED UP WITH SCUM!
      Don't be so lazy, its called google search: Many of the contributors are personal, not all businesses. Even so, it's up to the individual and to those running a business whether they want to contribute or not. It's silly to blame Rick Scott's fault for being so good at gaining support.
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      by Anonymous on Jun 5, 2012 at 05:21 PM in reply to FED UP WITH SCUM!
      I follow the way you are thinking and the public should also be informed on the names of these companies and then we will see why they can fund political campaigns with millions but not give employees raises in pay or improve benefits. Most people who works a staffing or nonunion job has a lower payscale so the company can contribute the difference to campaigns that help legislate against workers rights and increase rights for employers. Let`s support fair wages, fair jobs and fair employers and let the rest leave the state.
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      by 62nitro on Jun 5, 2012 at 06:12 PM in reply to FED UP WITH SCUM!
      Thats the way you libs think. If someone doesn't walk in lockstep with you, boycott them. I thought you people were open to ideas? I guess you are as long as it is your idea. NEWS FLASH! Your ideas aren't working in Washington and they won't work here. Why don't you boycott Hollywood? 15 mil raised for Obama at one dinner party? You are just a hypocrite trying to remain relevant.
  • by Neo on Jun 5, 2012 at 07:45 AM
    These are very interesting times. The end of corruption in human activity is near. The dark entities' time is short.
  • by Tom Location: Tallahassee on Jun 5, 2012 at 07:09 AM
    While Scott piles up boxes of money, the common working people (if they still have jobs) continue their struggle to make ends meet. There is something VERY wrong with our political system. I wouldn't give any of them a dime.
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