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Rick Scott dismisses gripes about disclosure delay, ‘pay to play’

In Jacksonville Thursday, Gov. Rick Scott fielded questions about his Senate campaign financing, which is still under scrutiny by political opponents.

Two points were of specific interest.

The first: a report from Capital and Main asserted that donations to Scott’s “New Republican” Super PAC by two company CEOs after business from the state pension fund went to their firms amounted to “pay to play” and a contravention of federal anti-corruption rules.

The second: Scott delaying submitting his Senate campaign financial disclosure until July 29.

While that move is legal, Scott’s finances have been questioned repeatedly by political opponents, and Scott had not offered meaningful disclosure about how he became $46 million richer while governor, saying that such was only a concern of “career politicians.”

On Thursday, Scott hewed to similar talking points.

“These are the tired old Democrat attacks,” Scott asserted. “We’ve made disclosure after disclosure. We’ll make the disclosure this year. We’ll follow all the rules and regulations. I’m completely transparent.”

“It’s just attacks from the Democrats. Think about it: what does my opponent have to run on? He can’t run on job creation, can’t run on tax cuts, can’t run on regulation reform, can’t run on reducing permitting time. So all he can do is attack,” Scott said.

We asked Scott if he would drag out the disclosure filing until the July 29 deadline.

“We’ll be filing on time,” Scott said.

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A.G. Gancarski has been a working journalist for over two decades. Gancarski has been a correspondent for FloridaPolitics.com since 2014. In 2018, he was a finalist for an Association of Alternative Newsweeklies "best political column." He can be reached at a.g.gancarski@gmail.com.

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