Remember when we first told you that Rick Scott and Republicans are ready to spend "as much or more" than $100 million on his election? Consider this:
TALLAHASSEE -- Gov. Rick Scott’s poll numbers remain stubbornly low, but by another measure he looks much stronger: raising money for his re-election campaign.
Scott’s political machine Let’s Get to Work raised a whopping $4.6 million in the first three months of 2013, raking in cash at the rate of $50,000 every day while chasing a goal of up to $100 million to fund his 2014 re-election campaign.
It’s an unheard of sum even in Florida politics, where money has always been critical.
Individual checks of $10,000 or more flood Scott’s campaign daily, many from businesses and individuals with a heavy stake in legislation, from Blue Cross Blue Shield to U.S. Sugar to an array of law firms with rosters of lobbying clients at the Capitol.
Pinellas County moneyman Bill Edwards stroked Scott a $500,000 check last week.
And while lawmakers are not allowed to accept donations during session because of the appearance of a crass quid pro quo, no such rule limits a governor’s ability to raise money, even though Scott’s veto pen makes him the final gatekeeper on all legislative decisions.