Rick Scott Has Raised $18 Million Even Though Most Floridians Can't Stand Him

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Since the day he was elected, Rick Scott has been one of the most unpopular governors in America, often hovering below 30 percent in polls. He's tried everything from casual Fridays to flipping hamburgers in local restaurants to boost his numbers. But the most recent Q poll still shows nearly 60 percent of Floridians simply don't like the guy.

So how the hell has Scott has already racked up nearly $20 million for his re-election campaign? Oh right, from the corporate giants who do love him.

The Tampa Bay Times tallied up Scott's fundraising this weekend for his political action committee, Let's Get to Work, and found that 2,600 donors have already pumped about $18.5 million into the effort.

Polls aside, that kind of cash gives Scott a major head start over any Democratic challenger who will have to spend a considerable chunk of change to navigate a testy primary to get to the gubernatorial race.

(Keep in mind, $18 million is already more money than Alex Sink spent on her entire losing campaign to Scott in the last race.)

And Scott can thank some huge businesses for his campaign wealth. His biggest donor is Blue Cross Blue Shield of Florida, which surely appreciates Scott's refusal to set up the Obamacare exchanges that could lower premiums for ordinary residents; the company has donated $637,500 to the governor.

Next is the Seminole Tribe of Florida -- a big fan of Scott's willingness to listen to new gambling proposals -- with just over $500,000. Also on the list are Florida Power & Light and right-leaning magnates such as Wayne Huizenga and Las Vegas powerbroker Sheldon Adelson.

We're a long way from the 2014 governor's race, but what exactly would it say about Florida democracy if Scott spends his way to re-election on the financial back of his corporate followers while ordinary Sunshine State residents can't stand his face?

It's the will of the people*!

(*"People," meaning "corporations," per the U.S. Supreme Court.)

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kenneth.martin
kenneth.martin

So Floridians can choose between Rick Scott who supports common core, growing the budget, and removed a duly elected Florida Sheriff on witch hunt begun by a corrupt Democrat state's attorney OR a smarmy lifelong politician with no moral bearings that floats from part to party?  Either way you choose, it will be business as usual in Florida.  However you could vote for Adrian Wylie, the Libertarian, and stop the madness in Florida.  If you haven't heard of him check out his web page

Anthonyvop1
Anthonyvop1 topcommenter

Funny how the Left is quick to demonize the Right for corporate campaign $$$ and yet are mute when it comes to George Soros, GE or a myriad of other Wall Street donors who pretty much own Obama.


Yep.....Funny.

Anthonyvop1
Anthonyvop1 topcommenter

I don't agree with him on every issue but he is the best Governor Florida has had in the last 30+ years.

Now if he would just cut the bloated budget and bureaucracy, Deregulate and CUT TAXES then I would be happy

drakemallard
drakemallard topcommenter

the gop=It's mostly bullchit and garbage, and none of the stuff I tell you is true.”


"Sure, we lie to start wars, hoot people in the face and wipe our wealthy butts with the Constitution. We ignore hurricane victims, war vets, the american people and terrorist threats and blame the results on the last Administration. Yeah, we take bribes and go on golfing trips paid for by lobbyists. Yes, we can't wait to get our grubby hands on your Social Security, shipped your  jobs to China and run up another trillion dollar debt.  make you  take reduced benefits, no overtime and the vanishing pension that disappears the the minute you go to collect it. The true is we don't care about you and your families. We vote for   own raises, healthcare, and pension plans, and you are left to pay the bill. Yes we profited off of disaster, destabilized our currencies, and raised our cost of living.monopolized your freedom, stripped away  education and liquidated your savings, Send your kids to wars base on lies and corp greed destroyed the middle class, and used your tax dollars to bailout are unending greed.  the gop/tea KOCH party


If these elected officials want to keep their jobs, we must petition our government to make them actually do their jobs, or else vote them out of office immediately. Remember: they work for us. It's time they remember that.

People should not be afraid of their governments. Governments should be afraid of their people.  Vote all of the the tea KOCH party Congress Out in Nov 2014

Palangana
Palangana topcommenter

Who's Sheldon Adelstein?

mrobe70644
mrobe70644

@Palangana Las Vegas Gambling magnet destine to break labor unions and keep folks working for $5.00 an hours.

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