While speculation abounds that the fallout from Governor Rick Scott’s change in position on Medicaid could harm his 2014 re-election, the group building his campaign account hasn’t been troubled finding donors.
After a relatively quiet February for the fundraising committee “Let’s Get to Work,” the political machine picked up $809,825 in the first two weeks of March. Among the biggest contributors were: Blue Cross Blue Shield of Florida, $237,500; Florida Power & Light Company, $50,000; and $125,000 from a group of election committees with ties to the Florida Chamber of Commerce – Florida Jobs PAC, Florida Chamber of Commerce Alliance, and the Partnership for Florida’s Future.
The contributions posted by Let’s Get to Work are the first reported by the Tallahassee-based campaign committee since Scott proposed the state accept for up to three years the expansion of Medicaid as outlined in the federal Affordable Care Act.
Of the March money, $86,750 arrived on March 14, a day after another potential landmine was thrust before the governor, Jennifer Carroll’s hasty exit from office in the wake of the arrests of individuals involved with Internet cafes run by Allied Veterans of the World.