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Gov. Scott’s federal financial disclosure disguised blind trust loan to daughter

Wednesday, September 26th, 2018

By Dan Christensen
FloridaBulldog.org
Gov. Rick Scott’s blind trust loaned as much as $5 million to a Delaware company privately owned by his daughter Jordan. But you wouldn’t know it by reading Scott’s recent “full and complete” federal financial disclosure form.
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Florida First Lady’s loan to accountant for governor’s blind trust may have broken state law

Tuesday, September 18th, 2018

By Dan Christensen
FloridaBulldog.org
Gov. Rick Scott’s wife may have broken Florida law by loaning more than $100,000 to an accountant who works for the investment firm that manages the governor’s $215-million blind trust.
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Rick Scott, Mike Pence: When campaign fundraising met tax incentives for Scott’s company

Friday, September 7th, 2018

By Dan Christensen
FloridaBulldog.org
Vice President Mike Pence flew into Florida Thursday to fundraise and campaign for Gov. Rick Scott. What you didn’t read in the political coverage of Pence’s short visit was about his previous symbiosis with Scott and how as governor of Indiana in April 2016, Pence helped Scott’s Continental Structural Plastics (CSP) obtain $650,000 in tax credits and grants.
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Gov. Scott’s huge, hidden stake in Chinese company supplying maker of Brightline trains

Wednesday, August 29th, 2018

By Dan Christensen
FloridaBulldog.org
Gov. Rick Scott and his wife had an enormous, hidden financial stake in a Chinese railway company that supplies components to the U.S. contractor building Brightline passenger trains for All Aboard Florida, a venture the governor strongly backed.
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What did Gov. Rick Scott do with mysterious $120 million in cash?

Wednesday, July 11th, 2018

By Dan Christensen
FloridaBulldog.org
When newspapers across Florida reported recently that Gov. Rick Scott’s net worth jumped $83 million in 2017, what got missed or downplayed was that Scott also pocketed an astounding $120 million in unexplained outside income.
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Scott vs. Nelson for Senate? If so, governor will have a lot more disclosing to do

Thursday, February 22nd, 2018

By Dan Christensen
FloridaBulldog.org
For two terms, Florida’s feeble blind trust law has let Gov. Rick Scott stash his tens of millions of dollars in stocks, bonds, hedge funds, and oil and gas partnerships mostly out of sight and in friendly hands.
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Broward Health’s ‘independent’ probe led by law firms with undisclosed ties to Gov. Scott

Tuesday, October 31st, 2017

By Dan Christensen
FloridaBulldog.org
When Broward Health General Counsel Lynn Barrett started an “independent” investigation that led to last December’s ouster of popular hospital district President/CEO Pauline Grant, the two law firms she retained to investigate and advise about Grant had deep, undisclosed ties to Gov. Rick Scott.
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Florida Zika emergency funds went to partner of Ann Scott’s aerial spray businesses

Tuesday, September 5th, 2017

By Dan Christensen
FloridaBulldog.org
Gov. Rick Scott has used his emergency authority to spend $33.3 million to combat Zika, some of which went to pay for aerial spraying done by a company that is partnered with his wife’s mosquito spraying businesses in another state.
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Rick Scott, Mike Pence: When campaign fundraising met tax incentives for Scott’s company

Tuesday, July 25th, 2017

By Dan Christensen
FloridaBulldog.org
Two months after Florida Gov. Rick Scott helped then-Indiana Gov. Mike Pence fundraise in Fort Lauderdale last year, Pence announced a $650,000 incentives package for a company owned in large part by Scott.
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Gov. Scott doesn’t let politics get in way of investing in firm that believes in climate change

Wednesday, May 17th, 2017

By Dan Christensen
FloridaBulldog.org
When Rick Scott ran for governor in 2010, he told a reporter he wasn’t convinced that global warming was real. In 2015, the Scott Administration was reported to have told state employees to lay off using “climate change” and “global warming” in official communications. Today, the governor’s office dodges questions about Scott’s position on the use of those terms.
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Rick Scott inauguration party cost more than $600,000

Monday, February 13th, 2017

Florida Gov. Rick Scott‘s big party in Washington D.C. to celebrate the inauguration of President Donald Trump cost at least $600,000, according to campaign finance records.
Scott and First Lady Ann Scott in January hosted the Florida Sunshine Ball at the Andrew W. Mellon Auditorium two days before Trump’s inauguration. Free tickets to the ball went to hundreds of people invited by the governor and first lady.
Records show that Scott’s political committee Let’s Get to Work paid a company more than $609,000 to rent the auditorium, hire caterers and stage the event featuring The Beach Boys.
Let’s Get to Work regularly receives donations from some of the state’s main corporate interests. In the last few weeks Duke Energy donated $100,000 as did private prison provider The Geo Group.Republish
Republished with permission of the Associated Press.
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Rick Scott: Donald Trump presidency will be ‘really good for our state’

Monday, January 23rd, 2017

Gov. Rick Scott said attending his first presidential inauguration was an exciting event, but is ready to get back to work on issues important to Floridians.
“I think it’s going to be really good for our state,” said Scott after a jobs announcement in Naples on Monday. “I’m going to do whatever I can to make sure this is the state that everyone wants to live in, make you you can get a good job, get your kids a good education and be safe.”
Scott was one of dozens of Floridians who attended President Donald Trump’s inauguration on Friday. A longtime friend of the New York Republican, Scott penned an editorial early in Trump’s campaign lauding Trump. He endorsed him immediately after the Florida’s presidential primary, and went on to become the chairman of a super PAC backing Trump’s presidential bid.
The Naples Republican spent much of last week in Washington, D.C., meeting with Trump transition officials and congressional Republicans. Scott and his wife, First Lady Ann Scott, even hosted an inaugural ball.
“It was exciting. This was the first presidential inauguration I ever attended,” said Scott, who is believed to be considering a 2018 U.S. Senate bid. “Trump has been a friend for 20 years; Mike Pence has been a very good friend.”
An ardent supporter of the new president, Scott said he thinks Trump “is going to do what we’ve done” when it comes to jobs and the economy. He said he looks forward to working with the Trump administration to “repeal and replace Obamacare.”
And while Scott might not have agreed with the thousands upon thousands of people across the country who marched in opposition of Trump and his policies on Saturday, he did say he thought it was “important people express their views.”
“That’s what’s great about our country, and they can do

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Floridians head to D.C. for Donald Trump inauguration

Wednesday, January 18th, 2017

A hush has fallen on the state capital.
Sure, there’s plenty of work to do before the start of the 2017 Legislative Session. But some Florida politicos are using this week to flee Florida and head to Washington, D.C., for President-elect Donald Trump’s inauguration.
Gov. Rick Scott will be there. An ardent supporter of the New York Republican, Scott was the chairman of the super PAC that backed Trump’s presidential bid. He was expected to head to D.C. on Tuesday, one day before the Florida Sunshine Ball, hosted by Scott and his wife, First Lady Ann Scott.
But don’t think the Naples Republican (and possible 2018 U.S. Senate hopeful) spent the day in his tuxedo and dancing shoes. According to his official schedule, Scott was scheduled to meet with General John Kelly, the incoming Secretary of Homeland Security; Republican Reps. Francis Rooney and Neal Dunn; and Mauricio Claver-Carone, a Trump transition official.
Susie Wiles, the Jacksonville political guru who helped lead Trump’s Florida campaign, traveled to D.C. on Wednesday. She’ll be on hand for all of the festivities; as will uber lobbyist Brian Ballard, the chairman of Trump’s Florida finance committee.
And it should come as no surprise that state Rep. Joe Gruters and his wife, Sydney, will be in town for the event. Gruters was one of the first big name Floridians to back Trump, and never wavered in his support throughout the campaign. The couple plans to head up to D.C. on Thursday, and plan to attend the swearing in and go to the Liberty Ball.
Former House Speaker Steve Crisafulli — joined by fundraisers Trey McCarley and Kris Money —will be there too. Crisafulli was another top Trump supporter, and played a key role in getting him to the Space Coast for rallies throughout the campaign. His name was floated as one of

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Donald Trump inauguration a special moment for Brian Ballard

Tuesday, January 17th, 2017

This isn’t Brian Ballard’s first inauguration, but it might end up being one of the most memorable.
Ballard, the president of Ballard Partners, is one of several Floridians expected to attend President-elect Donald Trump’s inauguration this week. And while his schedule is flush with lunches and galas, Ballard said he’s most looking forward to the moment Trump takes the oath of office.
“The swearing-in, for me, is going to be the cool part. It’s almost hard to comprehend and put into words. It’s going to be a hugely impactful moment,” said Ballard. “Seeing him take the oath and the government becoming Trump government, which is hard to fathom even for me. It’s going to be so exciting and emotional.”
For Ballard, that moment will also mark the culmination of months of work behind the scenes to help send Trump to the White House.
A top Republican fundraiser, Ballard served as finance chairman for Trump’s campaign in Florida. Days after Trump won the presidency, he was selected to serve as one of finance vice chairs on the Presidential Inaugural Committee.
Ballard said he and his family plan to travel to Washington, D.C. on Tuesday. Once there, the scheduled is filled to the brim with events.
There is a black tie dinner Tuesday evening to kick off the official festivities. On Wednesday, there’s a lunch-hour reception, before a dinner honoring Vice President-elect Mike Pence.
There’s a leadership luncheon on Thursday, and the “Make America Great Again! Welcome Celebration,” a public event at the Lincoln Memorial. That evening, you might be able to find the Ballard family at a candlelight dinner.
When Trump raises his right hand to take the oath of office Friday, Ballard will be there. And he and his family will be on hand later in the evening, this time decked out in tuxedos and ball gown for

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First Lady Ann Scott reads to kids in Jacksonville

Tuesday, September 27th, 2016

Ann Scott, Florida’s First Lady, has a passion for the written word. And because of that, one of her modes of outreach in her official capacity is reading to school children.
Over the last five years, Mrs. Scott has visited all 67 Florida counties to that end. She has been to Jacksonville many times, including on Tuesday, when she read to elementary school kids at the River City Science Academy on Jacksonville’s Southside.
In addressing one room of children out of the two she visited at this particular school, Mrs. Scott noted that “I’ve always loved reading, even more during the summer.”
Mrs. Scott noted that she didn’t have “any books at home [while] growing up,” and a lot of times she’d read the encyclopedia, including a range from the Encyclopedia Britannica to the old Childcraft series.
Mrs. Scott presented three books, and put them up to a vote.
Alas, a problem surfaced: two books had support, and each of them had ten votes.
Her solution: to read both of them to the children.
In the context of first ladies reading to rooms of children, Mrs. Scott presented well, employing an engaging voice and ample facial expressions to enliven her performances of Dex: the Heart of a Hero and Gaston.
When asked after the event about her commitment to reading to school children, Mrs. Scott noted her love for “sharing passion for reading,” a passion passed down from generation to generation.
Her mother was an “avid reader,” and growing up, Mrs. Scott learned quickly to “take advantage of the resources the library had to offer.”
In turn, Mrs. Scott modeled a love of the written word for her own children.
Mrs. Scott reads adult books in her spare time; she is about to finish After You, described by the Associated Press as a “perfect modern love story.”
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Gov. Scott’s undisclosed interest – via First Lady – in Zika mosquito control company

Sunday, September 11th, 2016

By Dan Christensen
FloridaBulldog.org
Florida Gov. Rick Scott has an undisclosed financial interest in a Zika mosquito control company in which his wife, Florida First Lady Ann Scott, owns a multi-million dollar stake through a private investment firm she co-owns.
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You don’t need X-ray vision to see through Gov. Rick Scott’s blind trust

Wednesday, August 19th, 2015

By Dan Christensen
FloridaBulldog.org
Gov. Rick Scott keeps his $127.8 million stock portfolio in a “blind trust,” but the trust isn’t doing its job of preventing him from having knowledge or control of his investments. The blind trust keeps the governor’s assets out of sight of the public, but fails to blind him to his investments.
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