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”

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.

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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MEMO: Why Rick Scott Can’t Win In 2018

From: American Bridge 21st Century
To: Interested Parties
Date: 4/4/18
Subject: Why Rick Scott Can’t Win in 2018

Washington Republicans are salivating at the thought that Florida Governor Rick Scott is getting ready to run for U.S. Senate. But Scott’s two razor-thin wins for governor were driven by a base-first campaign strategy dependent on weak Democratic turnout and tremendous Republican enthusiasm, a constellation of events that has completely reversed itself in 2018. This time, Scott’s putative Senate bid will run into a Democratic headwind the likes of which he has never encountered and for which his political brand is totally unprepared.

1. Rick Scott’s narrow electoral wins have been tied to Republican wave years – that’s guaranteed not to happen this year.

In 2010 and 2014 the generic ballot favored Republicans by about 4 points in the final polls taken before election day. Scott’s margin of victory for each his two terms as governor was roughly 1 point. […]

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HIGHLIGHT REEL: Rick Scott’s Private Beach Law Slammed On Local TV

Rick Scott is coming under fire on local TV after he signed a bill that would ban local governments from allowing public access on Florida beaches. Floridians and tourists enjoy the state’s beaches all summer, but under Rick Scott’s new law they will have a harder time accessing beaches near private mansions and condos.

“Yet again, Rick Scott is helping rich mansion and condo owners like himself at the expense regular Floridians and Florida’s economy,” said American Bridge spokesperson Joshua Karp. “Florida’s beautiful beaches are a top driver of its economy, and Rick Scott’s action to make it harder for people to enjoy them is a special kind of arrogance and stupidity.”

 

Watch the highlights here.

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Rick Scott Caught Lying (Yet Again) About Offshore Drilling

Scott’s Sham Drilling Press Conference Was “Carefully Choreographed”

Yet again, Rick Scott has been caught in a self-serving political lie as he gets ready for his upcoming campaign for Senate. New records reported by Politico reveal that Scott and Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke conspired to make it appear that Scott convinced Zinke to modify his drilling plan to favor Florida — when, in reality, it had been planned days before their surprise press conference in Florida.

“Rick Scott has proven time and time again to Floridians that they cannot trust him. He hasn’t even officially announced his campaign for Senate, and yet he’s already at it again. It’s clear that Rick Scott’s only agenda is to score partisan political points, and he will lie to the people of Florida like the wealthy political insider he is,” said American Bridge spokesperson Joshua Karp. “Floridians will remember these lies when they vote in November.”

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American Bridge Response To Rick Scott’s Announcement He Will Declare for U.S. Senate

In response to Gov. Rick Scott’s announcement he will declare for U.S. Senate on April 9, American Bridge spokesperson Joshua Karp made the following statement:

“For seven years, Rick Scott has played politics like the wealthy insider he is — an untrustworthy politician who only cares about his own ambition and making money for himself and his wealthy cronies. During Rick Scott’s time in office, his net worth has gone up by millions while a majority of Florida counties have failed to to recover from the recession. In November, Floridians will reject his failed record.”

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