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Rick Scott’s big fundraising summer continues

@JeremySWallace

Florida Gov. Rick Scott capped off a big fundraising summer by collecting another $100,000 in checks in just over six days from Aug. 27 to Sept. 1 for his political action committee, new campaign finance reports show.

Scott, a Republican who cannot seek re-election because of term limits, has now raised more than $500,000 in August alone for his Let’s Get To Work Committee and almost $1 million since June 1.

For the year, Scott has raised more than $3.6 million for the political action committee.

It has all provoked growing anticipation that Scott is building up resources to run for another office in 2018 when his term as governor will end. In July, Scott sidestepped questions from the Times/Herald Tallahassee Bureau about whether he was considering running for the Senate in 2018, when Sen. Bill Nelson, a Democrat, would be seeking re-election.

“I’m continuing to work at my job as governor,” Scott said in July. “I just went through an election last year and I’ve got three and a half more years as governor and I’m going to do everything I can to make sure this is a place this a where you want to raise your family.”

Here are Scott’s 5 biggest donors since June 1 as of Sunday:

  1. $400,000 – The Florida Chamber of Commerce PAC
  2. $252,503 - Walt Disney World Parks & Resorts
  3. $100,000 – Jeffrey N. Vinik, Tampa Bay Lightning owner
  4. $50,000 – Florida Cruise PAC
  5. $50,000 – TECO Energy Inc

 

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