Corporate Donations Flowed To Rick Scott — After Millions in State Money Went to Them

breaking story this afternoon reveals that Rick Scott’s super-PAC took $150,000 in campaign contributions from corporate executives following massive — and highly lucrative — state pension investments in their firms.

“Rick Scott looks out for himself and his wealthy campaign contributors — and today, Floridians learned of yet another egregious example,” said American Bridge spokesperson Joshua Karp.“His acceptance of a six-figure contribution from executives benefiting from the state pension system is just another example of Rick Scott using his position as Governor to further his higher political ambitions.”

Capital and Main: Rick Scott Super PAC Donations Challenge Federal Anti-Corruption Rule
The Florida governor led a group that raked in cash from Wall Street firms after Scott’s administration gave them pension deals.

By David Sirota and Andrew Perez | April 19, 2018

“A super PAC led by Florida Gov. Rick Scott raked in donations from two private equity executives after Scott’s administration directed lucrative […]

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Something Rick Scott Actually Said Today: “I’ve Been Very Transparent With Regard to My Net Worth”

American Bridge Files Sunshine Law Request For All Correspondence Between Josh Hawley’s Campaign and A.G. Office

Today, American Bridge filed a request under Missouri’s Sunshine Law (Sec. 610.011.1, RSMo Supp. 2006) requesting copies of all incoming and outgoing correspondence between Josh Hawley’s U.S. Senate campaign and the Office of Missouri Attorney General.

Today, National Journal’s Josh Kraushaar reported that Josh Hawley’s campaign “said that it was planning to release fundraising numbers last Wednesday, but got distracted by breaking Greitens news.” And Jake Sherman of Politico added, “the campaign should have absolutely no involvement with the Greitens issue.”

This represents a startling on-the-record admission from Josh Hawley’s political campaign that it was involved in Hawley’s law enforcement actions against Gov. Eric Greitens.

“Why is Josh Hawley’s political campaign involved in law enforcement decisions at the highest levels of Missouri government?” said American Bridge spokesperson Joshua Karp. “Hawley took $50,000 in campaign contributions from Gov. Greitens in 2016, and now Hawley’s next campaign is involved in Hawley’s decisions regarding the Attorney General’s office. Hawley needs to come clean […]

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WATCH: Scott Stumbles, Ducks Obvious Questions About His Term Limits Hypocrisy

Yesterday, Rick Scott told Tampa business leaders about his latest partisan ploy: “I think this concept of career politicians is one of the reasons why we don’t get change in Washington.”

But tonight and tomorrow, Rick Scott — a career politician himself, a two-term governor and a longtime chair of political action committees — will be fundraising with some of Washington’s longest-serving politicians.

What did Rick Scott say when a Tampa Bay Times reporter pressed him on his obvious hypocrisy? Four times in a row, Rick Scott awkwardly dodges and refuses to answer the question. 

“This is exactly the kind of self-serving hypocrisy that Floridians have come to expect from Rick Scott,” said American Bridge spokesperson Joshua Karp. “Scott is literally raising campaign cash from career politicians to run ads condemning career politicians. It doesn’t get swampier than that.”

Watch the cringe-worthy clip yourself here:

Transcript

Steve Contorno: “You mentioned in the meeting that you […]

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American Bridge Launches Social Media Ads & Grassroots Petition Demanding Rick Scott Disclose His Wealth

Today, American Bridge launched a social media ad campaign and a grassroots petition holding Rick Scott accountable for hiding his vast personal wealth from the public.

The campaign will display ads on Facebook and Twitter that direct Floridians to a digital petition that allows Floridians to demand Rick Scott disclose his wealth.

“While Rick Scott’s been hiding his investments from Floridians as governor, his net worth has gone up $46 million. It’s time for Rick Scott to come clean and disclose his massive personal wealth. Floridians deserve to know just how many conflicts of interest Scott really has — and which industries and special interests he has put ahead of them,” said American Bridge spokesperson Joshua Karp.

As governor, Rick Scott has dodged disclosure requirements and ducked scrutiny of his conflicts of interests by placing his assets in a “blind trust ” that isn’t blind at all — in fact, it is […]

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SENATE BRIEF: Republicans’ Weak Candidates (Yet Again) Underperform – GOP’s Blankenship Problem – Abysmal GOP Fundraising – Rick Scott Under Fire

Week of Monday, April 16

IN BRIEF: Their historically weak field of Senate candidates is costing Republicans cold hard cash — and that’s just the start of their problems. From oppo dumps to missed fundraising expectations to misleading (and often bizarre) rhetoric, Republican candidates across the country are proving that they’re just not ready for the bright spotlight of a U.S. Senate campaign. As fundraising numbers trickle in and primary dates approach, the news from the campaign trail is looking grim for Republicans:

WEST VIRGINIA: Republicans are so terrified convicted criminal Don Blankenship will steal the GOP nomination for U.S. Senate, they have launched a secret group to try to stop Blankenship’s candidacy. Count on this group — which is closely tied to the Senate Leadership Fund — to pour millions into West Virginia ahead of the May 8 primary, wasting precious resources.
MONTANA: Two of the leading candidates in the contentious GOP primary,  Read more after the jump.

GOP’s internal war intensifies in key Senate races, as McConnell faces new attacks

Senate Republicans’ ongoing struggles are now reaching states as red as Mississipi. With Mitch McConnell’s preferred candidates refusing to run for Senate, Senate Republicans are stuck with weak B-listers facing off against anti-establishment candidates which is leading to nasty primaries full of mudslinging in states like Indiana, West Virginia, and Arizona. Count on the Republican “internal war” to only weaken the Republicans who make it out of their primaries for the November election.

The Washington Post: GOP’s internal war intensifies in key Senate races, as McConnell faces new attacks
By Sean Sullivan | April 17, 2018

“A long-running fight between mainstream Republican leaders and controversial GOP candidates is intensifying in a pair of key Senate races, with contenders lashing out at Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) as his allies try to elevate their Republican opponents.”
“In West Virginia, the polarizing former coal executive candidate Don Blankenship issued a written statement excoriating McConnell on […]

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SENATE BRIEF: The Shaky Foundations of Rick Scott’s Senate Bid

Week of Monday, April 9

IN BRIEF: Florida’s going to be close – duh. But Rick Scott’s decision to run for U.S. Senate will go down as one of the great mistakes in recent political history. When Scott announces a bid for Senate (via Facebook Live, no Republican enthusiasm required) he will stake his candidacy on his stewardship of Florida’s economy. But regular Floridians are well aware of what top economists are saying: under Rick Scott, Florida’s economy is rewarding the wealthy and big corporations, while millions of Floridians struggle make ends meet.

Consider this shocking report from the Tampa Bay Times: a majority of Florida counties (36 out of 67) have fewer jobs today than they did at the beginning of 2008. Meanwhile, “new jobs are paying workers significantly less than the jobs they replaced.”

Listen closely. You can already hear the cracks in the foundation of Rick Scott’s candidacy:

Rick Scott takes credit for […]

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What You Need To Know About Rick Scott

As governor, Rick Scott has failed Florida’s middle class while enriching himself and his cronies — but count on him to say or do anything in his desperate attempt to win Florida’s U.S. Senate race.

“Rick Scott has spent seven years ignoring Florida’s middle class, while enriching himself and his political cronies by millions of dollars. Rick Scott is a wealthy political insider who only looks out for himself, and you can count on Floridians to reject him this November,” said American Bridge spokesperson Joshua Karp.

Here are three things you need to know about Rick Scott: Scott will do anything to enrich himself and his cronies, he has failed Florida’s middle class, and he will say or do anything to win higher office.

1) Scott will do anything to enrich himself and his cronies.

Rick Scott’s net worth has increased from $103 million when he took office to $149 million in 2017, a 30% increase while his money in a supposedly “blind trust” run by a close personal friend and […]

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Senate Republicans Brace for Series of Unsettled Primaries

Across the country, Republicans are stuck in self-destructive, messy primaries — and with several key primary dates approaching, the attacks are only going to heat up. Republican contenders are slinging mud at each other, weakening the eventual winner while Democrats remain focused on November. Republicans are wasting money, resources, and time battling each other in a series of never-ending cage matches.

 

National Journal: Senate Republicans Brace for Series of Unsettled Primaries

By Kimberly Railey | April 3, 2018

“The Republican contests next month in Indiana and West Virginia will kick off a four-month stretch of unpredictable primaries all key to the party’s hopes of holding and expanding its Senate majority. In a couple of the nastiest intraparty fights on the map, those May 8results will set the tone for the remainder of the most closely watched nomination fights in Montana, Wisconsin, Michigan, and Arizona.”
“But there is mounting concern about the primary in West […]

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