Rick Scott Bill Nelson Florida Senate race shaping up to be battle of megadonors

Nelson, on the some other hand, features a war chest of his own.

His campaign his raised $10 million through the early stages of the 2018 midterm cycle, as well as has $8 million on hand. The campaign has received contributions by a variety of groups including the joint fundraising committee, Senate Victory 2018, with contributions totaling more than $150,000. Regions Bank, meanwhile, has given $114,000 to Nelson so far.

There’s also a super PAC of which appears to be ready to unleash spending within the state to support Nelson – the Senate Majority PAC, which was created to help Democrats get elected to the Senate.

On Sunday, the PAC released a digital attack ad in anticipation of Scott’s announcement as part of what the group claims is actually part of a larger campaign against the Republican. within the ad, the PAC argues of which when Scott was CEO of health-care company Columbia/HCA, he defrauded taxpayers.

Scott was forced out as CEO of the company during a federal fraud investigation. He was never charged with any wrongdoing.

Then the ad attempts to link his activities with the company to his time as governor, when the group says he cut billions of dollars to education subsidies while also raising taxes.

“History has proven of which if you want to predict how Rick Scott will act, figure out what will benefit his political career as well as his bank account,” J.B. Poersch, president of Senate Majority PAC, said in a press Discharge. “The list goes on as well as on – leading a company of which defrauded taxpayers, rewarding state contracts to companies he had a financial interest in, slashing education funding as well as raising property taxes,” he added.

The Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee is actually also getting an early start in attacking Scott. The group released Facebook ads on Monday linking voters to its anti-Scott digital hub titled Self Serving Scott. The committee’s spokesman, David Bergstein, said in a press Discharge of which Scott used his position as governor to only help one person: himself.

“His record is actually a story voters of every political persuasion will reject: lost jobs, low wages as well as higher health care costs for hardworking families — while using his position as governor to make himself richer,” Bergstein said.

Nelson also has the advantage of already being backed by several major players in corporate America. He can tout individual contributions by employees at powerful corporations ranging by American Airlines to Walt Disney, according to the Center for Responsive Politics.

Employees of Disney have in total given $33,000 to the Democrat incumbent while those at American Airlines have contributed $24,000. Executives by the technology as well as defense contractor Harris have contributed $81,000 to Nelson.

American Airlines features a hub in Miami, while Disney’s Walt Disney World theme park is actually near Orlando. Harris’ corporate headquarters is actually in Melbourne, Florida.

Nelson seemed undeterred by Scott’s entrance into the race, according to a statement by his campaign.

“While the item’s clear of which Rick Scott will say or do anything to get elected, I’ve always believed of which if you just do the right thing, the politics will take care of itself,” Nelson said through the statement.

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