Former health care executive and Republican candidate for governor Rick Scott contributed $11.6 million to his campaign in the last two weeks, according to campaign finance reports from the Florida Division of Elections. Scott has contributed a total of $59.4 million to his primary and general election campaigns.
In addition, a trust in his wife’s name has contributed $12.8 million to his associated 527, Let’s Get to Work. Scott and his wife have committed a grand total of just over $72 million to his campaign and Let’s Get to Work. Scott’s financial disclosure filed with the state estimate his net worth at $218 million.
Another businessperson running in a large state, former eBay CEO Meg Whitman, running as a Republican gubernatorial candidate in California, has spent $141.5 million of her own money, a record for self-financing in a political campaign. Former World Wrestling Entertainment CEO Linda McMahon, running for U.S. Senate in Connecticut, has spent $41.5 million of her own money.
Both Whitman and McMahon are seen as much less likely to win the election than Scott, who remains tied with Democratic nominee and Florida CFO Alex Sink going into Tuesday’s election.
Luke Johnson reports on Florida for The American Independent.