...But Rick Scott’s defenders ponying up cash for his “Let’s Get to
Work” committee say the governor has lived up to promises made in defeating
Sink in Florida’s closest governor’s race in 134 years.
“I really like Rick Scott,” said Rick McAllister, president and CEO of
the Florida Retail Federation, whose political unit’s $50,000 contribution was
deposited in Scott’s committee on Election Day.
“Look, he’s not a politician. But he really believes what he says and
he’s intent on helping Florida’s economy and creating jobs. That’s
important to us,” McAllister said.
The Retail Federation contributed almost $250,000 this election season,
with 90 percent of the money flowing to the Florida Republican Party and its
candidates, records show.
Similarly, donors to Scott represent a who’s who of industries with
issues before state government and the Florida Legislature. Many also are deep
and steady sources of cash for Florida Republicans.
Insurance giant Blue Cross/Blue Shield has contributed $350,000; South Florida investor Wayne Huizenga, casino magnate Sheldon
Adelson and Florida Power & Light, $250,000 each; Realtors, $150,000; and
optometrists, private prison operators, insurers, developers and U.S. Sugar
Corp. have given at least $100,000 each.
Scott’s lineup also has some celebrity flash, including donations from
Donald Trump, Yahoo! Inc., and Washington lobbyists Susan Molinari and Bill Paxon, both former New York members of Congress.
Scott spent $73 million of his own money in the 2010 race, ultimately
outspending his Democratic opponent almost five-to-one.