Adelson Donates Early For Scott Reelection
Pollsters call him "highly vulnerable" and his approvals remain in the cellar, but Gov. Rick Scott's reelection campaign treasury is beginning to fill up.
Top quarter-million-dollar-plus donors include casino multibillionaire Sheldon Adelson, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, investor Wayne Huizenga and Florida Power and Light. All told, the governor has amassed $2.4 million for the 2014 campaign. A possible Democratic opponent, former State Senator Dan Gelber, told The Palm Beach Post it may not be enough.
“Gov. Scott’s going to need a lot of money to convince people that he’s not the guy they think he is and already don’t like,” said Dan Gelber, a Democrat and former Miami Beach state senator and candidate for attorney general, who counts himself among those eyeing the race. “He is going to have to create a new fiction – and that’s going to be costly.”
Also on deck for the Democrats: former State Sen. Nan Rich of Weston, Orlando Mayor Buddy Dyer and Fort Lauderdale Mayor Jack Seiler.
Former Gov. Charlie Crist is considered a leading contender. Although he endorsed President Obama and spoke at the Democratic National Convention, the former Republican is still registered as an independent.
Scott financed his 2010 election with $73 million of his own money. Now, he says, he expects donations to cover his campaign expenses with no need to open his own checkbook