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Scott: Special interests invest in Bill McCollum for 'an uneblievable return'

As Attorney General Bill McCollum attacks rival Rick Scott's business record, the political newcomer is firing back, noting the longtime pol has taken at least $4.7 million from special interests in the Capitol.

"What people are seeing is that our state is being run for the benefit of special interests. You can see it with the dollars. You wouldn’t invest those dollars as a company unless you thought you were going to get an unbelievable return," Scott said.

Q: What's an example?

"We know there’s the U.S. Sugar deal. They’ve invested at least $1m in Bill McCollum. They believe Bill McCollum is going to help them get their deal done. That deal is not good for taxpayers. It’s not good for citizens. And you can look at example after example that this state is not run for the benefit of the taxpayer. It’s run for the benefit of special interests. And you can see it just looking at the list. You can also see it in the fact that he won’t disclose the money he’s running through his c4 [that is, a 501c4 political committee called the League of American Voters]."

Q: But McCollum said he has no control over what the league does with the disclosure of his donors.

Scott: "Do you believe that? I don’t. I don’t believe that for one minute."

Q: McCollum has raised questions about a deposition you gave in a 2000 case against Columbia/HCA in which you pled the 5th.

Scott: "This is just Bill McCollum’s dirty trick at the end of a campaign to try to swing some votes. It’s a case that came about after I left the company. I knew nothing about the case. It had nothing to do with the investigation of Columbia. I listened to the advice of counsel and he’s now trying to use it to swing some votes....

"It’s exactly the problem we have in Tallahassee. We have these career politicians who use dirty tricks to try to swing votes and win an election..."

"I’ll never be controlled by a special interest."

Here's a summary of the money given to McCollum's election committees, Florida First and Sunshine State Freedom Fund. Note: The Dean Cannon and Mike Haridopolos money also derives from heavy hitters in the capitol:

Industry

Amount

Dean Cannon

 $975,000.00

Real Estate & Building

 $665,000.00

Business

 $628,000.00

Mike Haridopolos

 $598,100.00

Washington Political Group

 $586,000.00

Health

 $273,500.00

Auto & Transportation

 $187,000.00

Banking & Finance

 $157,500.00

Energy

 $120,000.00

Agriculture

 $  85,000.00

Misc

 $  75,000.00

Telecom

 $  55,000.00

Committee

 $  50,000.00

Alcohol & Cigarettes

 $  42,000.00

Legal

 $  41,000.00

Insurance

 $  27,500.00

Hotel

 $  25,000.00

Manufacturing

 $  15,000.00

Food

 $  10,000.00

Retired

 $  10,000.00

Lobbying & Consulting

 $    7,500.00

Sports & Entertainment

 $    6,500.00

Waste management

 $    5,000.00

Managem

 $    5,000.00

Media

 $    2,300.00

Tourism

 $    1,000.00

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