Rick Scott may be having a scaled-back inauguration this time around, but that doesn't mean donors aren't still writing big checks for the event. More than $500,000 has been given to the Republican Party of Florida for the festivities.
The RPOF has rolled in $513,000. According to CBS Miami, $100,000 came from the Florida Insurance council. Another $90,000 was given by sugar growers Florida Crystals Corporation.
Scott Holdings also kicked in another $100,000. Despite the similar names, that company is not affiliated with Rick Scott himself. Instead its run by Steven M. Scott, a Boca Raton doctor who owns the medical investment company. That Scott is now chair of the University of Florida board of trustees.
The total amount is still smaller than the $3 million that was spent on Scott's first inauguration.
Scott however is aiming for a smaller affair this year. There will be a a prayer breakfast, a scaled-back swearing in ceremony, and a low-key reception that night at the governor's mansion. A bunch of "Jobs Jamboree" barbecues will also be held in various cities.
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