Small-dollar donors fill Rick Scott’s campaign coffers

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The political committee in support of Gov. Rick Scott’s re-election drew more than $180,000 last month, with the majority of the contributions coming through one- and two-digit offerings, reports the News Service of Florida.

More than 120 of the 155 contributions to the “Let’s Get to Work” political committee in May came in chunks less than $100.

Among the contributions were Ponte Vedra Beach stock broker Arvin Hanigan and Tallahassee librarian Carol Kimball, who each chipped in $10; Pembroke Pines retiree Jose Ricardo, who ponied up $5; and Ocala retiree Carolyn Packard, who dropped $3 on the governor. While the monthly total is down from $652,814 in April and $3.26 million in March, the campaign didn’t lack when it came to deep-pocketed contributors in May.

Bayfront 2011 Development in Miami gave $50,000; Sarasota homebuilder Neal Communities of Southwest Florida added $8,828.75; and Fort Myers developer Shawn McIntyre and James W. Holton, a Madeira Beach real estate developer and attorney with beachfront holdings, each contributed $25,000. For the year, “Let’s Get to Work” has pulled in $5.39 million, while spending $548,330.

In May, the committee spent $43,078, of which $32,535 went to consultants, including: $4,250 to Kevin Hofmann of Tallahassee; $11,250 to Fabrizio, McLaughlin & Associates of Alexandria, Virginia; and $11,908 to Forward Strategies, a Tallahassee political consulting firm run by Meredith O’Rourke, who once raised campaign cash for former Gov. Charlie Crist.



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