Rick Scott has Received Nearly $1.4 Million from His 127 Appointees, and their Spouses and Children

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.”

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