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US Sugar tops $200K in donations to Rick Scott since October


With another $100,000 donation earlier this month, the US Sugar Corporation has become one of Gov. Rick Scott top financial supporters.

Since October, US Sugar has now given Scott $200,000 in donations for a political committee Scott runs called Let’s Get to Work. In hitting the $200,000 threshold, US Sugar became one of Scott’s five biggest donors since the start of 2015.

By far the biggest donor to Scott since the start of 2015 remains the Florida Chamber of Commerce, which has donated $790,000 to Scott’s committee. Walt Disney World Parks and Resorts; Floridians for a Stronger Democracy (a political committee with ties to Associated Industries of Florida); and Tampa Bay Lightning owner Jeffrey Vinik have also given $200,000 or more to Let’s Get to Work.

Since the start of 2015, Scott has raised $6.5 million for Let’s Get to Work, including about $1.7 million in 2016. Let’s Get to Work has spent $4.9 million since the start of 2015, and about $1.8 million in 2016.

The financial activity comes despite Scott being term limited and unable to run for re-election. While some have suggested Scott is aiming to run for the U.S. Senate in 2018, Scott has refused to say publicly whether he is considering taking on U.S. Sen. Bill Nelson, a Democrat.