So far in September, Gov. Rick Scott received a massive influx of cash for his reelection effort, with huge checks from the Seminole Tribe of Florida, United States Sugar and others.
And the money keeps rolling in this month to the “Let’s Get to Work” PAC, totaling $2.31 million for a total of $11.9 million for all 2013.
One example of the big checks going to Scott is the Seminole Tribe of Florida. As the end of their gaming agreement with the state approaches, they dropped $500,000 in Scott’s war-chest September 18, according to Jim Turner for the News Service of Florida. In addition, U.S. Sugar Corp. gave Scott $100,000 last week alone.
On Sept. 24, Hertz Corp. donated $25,000 to Scott’s campaign. The auto rental giant is poised to win $84 million in tax incentives over 20 years for relocating to Estero from New Jersey.
The barrage of contributions this month comes after ex-Florida CFO Alex Sink announced she would not run again for governor in 2014. Sink’s bowing out opens the door to further speculation about former Gov. Charlie Crist entering the race as a Democrat.
Democrats are skeptical of the latest round of donations.
Large contributions to Scott’s PAC are “big money from all the wrong kinds of folks,” Joshua Karp, a spokesman for the Florida Democratic Party, told the News Service of Florida.
Also among the 247 contributions to the “Let’s Get to Work” committee recorded in September: The Florida Chamber of Commerce and Dosal Tobacco Corp., with $100,000 each; healthcare organizations HCA West Florida with $70,000, HCA East Florida with $30,000, and the Florida Hospital Healthcare System, with $25,000.