The Scott Administration has been plagued by pay-to-play accusations and cronyism, including awarding lucrative state contracts to his political supporters, and pushing for legislation and policies that benefit his and his donors’ financial interests.

Here are some of his greatest hits! 

1. Killed High Speed Rail

All Aboard Florida: Rick Scott rejected federal funding for high-speed rail, which would have created tens of thousands of jobs, connected major cities, and reduced air pollution and traffic congestion. Scott lied and said the project would have cost taxpayers $1 billion in overrun costs. This year it was revealed his chief of staff, Adam Hollingsworth, who was formerly employed by All Aboard Florida, helped negotiate a sweetheart passenger rail deal for his former employer. The private project has been partly funded by taxpayer dollars. Read More...

2. Not So Blind Trust

Blind Trust: Scott is the only elected using a blind trust to shield his assets. He claims it’s to prevent a conflict of interest. However, recent reports suggest Scott’s blind trust is anything but blind. According to the Miami Herald, SEC filings show Scott has approved some transactions. The same report details instances in which his decisions favored companies he was invested in. Even more disturbing however, are the assets contained in his portfolio. Records show Scott has or has had a stake in oil and gas development in the state, including the Sabal Trail pipeline. Read more…

 

3. Fast-tracked dangerous fracked gas pipeline

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Sabal Trail Pipeline: Rick Scott signed a bill fast-tracking the Sabal Trail Pipeline, a pipeline that will carry explosive fracked methane through 13 counties in Florida. As of December 2013, Scott’s blind trust had a $53,000 stake in Spectra Energy, the company chosen by FPL to build the project. Read more...

 

4. Donors include CEO of Private Prison Company

 

Prison Privatization: Rick Scott pushed for and supported prison privatization efforts in Florida, which could primarily benefit companies that have donated hundreds of thousands to his campaign and the Republican Party of Florida. Earlier this year, Scott attended a fundraiser at the home of the CEO of the GEO Group, the second-largest private prison company in the world. Rick Scott’s “Let’s Get to Work Committee” has received at least $365,000 from Geo and related companies. Read more...

5. Costly Mandated Drug Testing

Drug Testing & Solantic: Rick Scott used his position to push through legislation requiring federal employees and welfare recipients to undergo mandatory drug test. The policy was only stopped when courts ruled that the policy was unconstitutional, this was after costing taxpayers nearly $400,000 in legal fees. Scott’s family had a majority stake in Solantic, the company that could have potentially profited from Scott’s policies. Read more...

6. Tax Dollars Spent on "Job Creation"...and Lobster Dinners

Enterprise Florida: Enterprise Florida, the Scott Administration’s private-public economic development agency, was caught spending taxpayer dollars on lavish expenditures, including “thousands of dollars spent at steak houses, seafood restaurants and lavish hotels”. Scott has doled out millions of dollars in tax breaks and subsidies to big companies through the agency, in exchange for promises of job creation that haven’t materialized. Read more...

7. State Medicaid Contracts Awarded to Top Donor

Medicaid Contracts & Mike Fernandez: Companies partly owned by Mike Fernandez, a South Florida health-care executive who’s contributed at least $1.4 million to Rick Scott since 2010, won Medicaid contracts worth potentially billions of dollars. Fernandez later became Scott’s campaign Finance Director before resigning in protest over accusations of anti-Hispanic comments made by one of Scott’s campaign staffers. Two other companies AmeriGroup and Humana who donated over $800,000 have collectively won 9 contracts. Read More...

8. Sweetheart Deal for Insurance Company

Citizens Insurance Policy Transfers: A company that contributed $110,000 to Rick Scott’s re-election effort received a controversial $52 million “sweetheart” deal with Citizens Insurance, Florida’s state-run insurance company. Policyholders may wind up with less reliable coverage and higher rates after three years than they would have if they stayed with Citizens. Read more..

9. Went on Secret Hunting Trips Paid for By Big Sugar

King Ranch: Rick Scott and key Republican leaders went on a trip to King Ranch, one of the state's larger citrus and sugar cane growers. The secret trip was paid for and attended by Big Sugar and their lobbyists. A month later a King Ranch Executive was appointed to the South FL. Water Management District, a powerful board that will oversee the Everglade's restoration project. This month, it was revealed that a huge development deal for Big Sugar has been put on the fast track. Read more...

10. Was Against Tax-funded Rowing Center. What Changed?

 

Sarasota Rowing Center: Rick Scott vetoed state money for a Sarasota rowing center—until political contributions started rolling in from developers who would benefit from the project. Over the last two years, Scott has allowed $10 million in taxpayer money to flow to the rowing center. Read more...

 

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