By John Kennedy of Ocala.com, 08/19/2018:
Republican Rick Scott is pulling campaign money not only from his own pocket and from major GOP national donors but also from another rich vein of cash.
Well-heeled Floridians appointed by Scott to a number of state boards during his two terms as governor are ponying up to help him unseat three-term Democratic U.S. Sen. Bill Nelson.
Scott has collected close to $1.4 million from 127 appointees, their spouses and children, who have given either to his Senate campaign or the New Republican PAC supporting his bid, an analysis shows.
… Those who give deny that there’s any link between their appointments and the checks they cut for Scott’s Senate bid. But the campaign data shows a remarkable correlation.
“It smacks of pay-to-play,” said Ben Wilcox, research director for Integrity Florida, a government watchdog organization. “It’s part of a dysfunctional campaign finance system here in Florida.”