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Rick Scott's next move uncertain, but money flows to political committee


Florida Gov. Rick Scott continues to pile up the donations in a political action committee he controls even though he is term limited and cannot seek re-election.

Next week, Scott is expected to report collecting another $259,150 in April for his Let’s Get to Work political committee, which he has used to run television and internet ads and pay for political consultants. Since the start of 2016, Scott has raised more than $1.3 million in that committee. And since the beginning of 2015, Let’s Get to Work has raised more than $5.8 million.

Scott’s biggest donors in April were real estate development company,The Villages, and FCCI Services Inc, an insurance company based in Lakewood Ranch in Sarasota County. Both gave Scott’s political committee $50,000 each.

Scott has not said if he is running for another office and has refused to comment directly on whether he has interest in running for the U.S. Senate in 2018, potentially taking on U.S. Sen. Bill Nelson, a Democrat who would be seeking his third term in office.

There’s no questioning who Scott’s biggest supporter has been for his political committee. The Florida Chamber of Commerce has donated more than $790,000 to Let’s Get to Work since the start of 2015. And another political committee affiliated with the Chamber, called Florida Jobs PAC, has chipped in another $135,000 during that period.

Another pro-business group, Associated Industries of Florida and political committees it has ties to called the Voice of Florida Business and Floridians for a Stronger Democracy, have combined to give Scott $540,500 since the start of 2015.

Here’s the a list of donors to Let’s Get to Work who have given at least $100,000 since the start of 2015:

Florida Chamber of Commerce - $790,052

Walt Disney World Parks and Resorts - $252,500

Floridians for a Stronger Democracy, a political committee with ties to AIF - $250,000

Jeffrey Vinik, Tampa Bay Lightning owner - $200,000

Associated Industries of Florida - $160,000

Florida Jobs PAC, a PAC with ties to the Florida Chamber - $135,500

Voice of Florida Business, a PAC with ties to AIF – $130,000

August Busch III, former Anheuser-Busch CEO from St. Peters, Missouri - $100,011

Consulate Health Care, Florida’s largest nursing home provider - $100,000

Lawrence DeGeorge, runs a charitable trust in Jupiter, FL - $100,000

Daniel Doyle Jr., Tampa Bay resident and CEO of DEX Imaging Inc - $100,000

Intervest Construction, homebuilder based in Daytona Beach - $100,000

U.S. Sugar Corporation - $100,000

TECO Energy Inc - $100,000

Florida Blue - $100,000 

Realtors Political Advocacy Committee - $100,000