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Rick Scott fundraising committee expected to boast big numbers in April

Rick Scott’s fundraising committee received a boost from his own backyard in April.

Let’s Get to Work is expected to report it raised more than $200,000 in April. The committee, which fueled Scott’s 2010 and 2014 gubernatorial campaigns, has raised nearly $1.3 million since the beginning of 2016.

Top donors during the one-month fundraising period included The Villages and FCCI Services in Sarasota, both of which gave $50,000. The committee also received donations from several Naples residents, including banker John Morrison, and real estate developers Barron Collier III and Lamar Gable.

The committee also received a $10,000 donation from Rooney Holdings, Inc. The company is based in Tulsa, but its president and CEO is Naples resident Francis Rooney, the former ambassador to the Holy See.

Scott can’t run for re-election because of term limits. However, many political observers believe he is gearing up to run for the U.S. Senate in 2018. Scott hasn’t indicated whether he plans to run, and on Friday told reporters in Bonita Springs he would make a “decision about what I’m going to do in 2018 later on.”

The committee is expected to report it spent more than $50,000 in April. That sum includes about $13,000 for political consulting.

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