Reporting Tim Kephart
Legislative Session Coverage
MIAMI (CBSMiami) – It’s still more than two years away from another gubernatorial election, but a political action committee closely aligned with Governor Rick Scott is already raking in the cash, according to the News Service of Florida.
The Let’s Get to Work Committee has hauled in roughly $3.8 million in 2012. Most of that money is remaining as cash on hand as the PAC has spent just $74,735 this year, according to the News Service of Florida.
In the last quarter, the committee collected nine contributions of $100,000 or more from individuals and major companies in the state, according to the News Service of Florida.
The NSF found the biggest contributors during the most recent quarter were Florida Power & Light Co., international casino magnate Sheldon Adleson and former Miami Dolphins owner H. Wayne Huizenga. Each gave $250,000 to the committee.
Adelson has vowed to give unlimited funds to Mitt Romney to help him win the election and has an interest in lobbying for casinos in South Florida.
According to the NSF, Progress Energy, Florida Blue (formerly Blue Cross & Blue Shield of Florida) and U.S. Sugar all gave $100,000. New York developer Donald Trump gave $50,000 to the PAC and even the current employer of former Governor Charlie Crist donated $10,000.
For comparison, Senate Minority Leader Nan Rich, the only major Democrat to announce a bid, opened a campaign account in April and has raised a total of $41,392 during the second quarter, according to the News Service of Florida.
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