Gov. Rick Scott is digging deep into his own wallet to pay for his re-election.
Campaign finance reports filed late Friday show Scott and his wife donated $12.8 million to the Republican Party of Florida in the past month.
Scott is a multi-millionaire and he spent more than $70 million of his own money to get elected in 2010.
Scott said Friday that he was forced to put in his own money to counteract a “smear campaign” he said was being waged by a group linked to a billionaire environmentalist.
The race for governor has been expensive with more than $100 million spent on television ads alone.
The money to pay for those ads has come from a wide array of interests, including utilities and gambling companies.
Scott’s self-funding is a “last-ditch effort” to buy the election, says Scott Arceneaux, executive director of the Florida Democratic Party, adding that the Governor has now become “his own biggest donor.”
“Today Floridians learned that Rick Scott has once again lied to them, Arceneaux said. “After telling Floridians he would not spend his Medicare fraud millions to buy his reelection, Scott has finally disclosed that he has given $12,800,000 to his campaign in a last-ditch attempt to do just that.
“Rick Scott is spending his ill-gotten campaign cash so fast, every 40 minutes he spends what a middle class Florida family makes in a year,” he added. “Unfortunately for Rick Scott, his campaign has already spent $70 million on a negative ad campaign that has failed to put him over the top.
“Scott’s lies about Charlie Crist aren’t working, and shoveling in his Medicare fraud millions will fail too.”