Florida Republican gubernatorial candidate Rick Scott, who has disclosed a personal wealth of $218 million and spent over $25 million — mostly of his own money — so far in his campaign, told Jacksonville Morning News that he would not take a salary as governor.
“No one’s asked me that, but it’s not that important to me. I’m not really doing it for the salary,” said Scott. When asked directly, he said, “I’m not going to take a salary.” The Florida governor makes around $133,000 a year.
Of course, the salary is chump change to Scott, who has disclosed wealth of $218 million in assets. Another wealthy self-funder, New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg who has a net worth of around $18 billion, takes a salary of $1.
Democratic gubernatorial candidate Alex Sink, who makes around $131,000 as Florida CFO, was noncommittal. She said, “I haven’t even thought about that. … Let’s get me elected first.” According to her financial disclosure, she has a net worth of $9.2 million. Her campaign reported $1.1 million in fund-raising with $5.7 million cash on hand out of a total of $7.3 million raised — these numbers indicate that she is waiting to spend her money before the general election.