Scott Committee Spends More than $1.2 Million On Ads

Nov 13, 2017

Gov. Rick Scott's “Let's Get to Work” political committee spent more than $1.2 million in October on advertising, amid widespread speculation that Scott will run for U.S. Senate next year.

Gov. Rick Scott
Credit The Office of Governor Rick Scott

The committee, which has played a key political role for Scott, spent $1,281,290 last month, with $1,229,813 listed as going toward advertising, according to a new filing with the state Division of Elections.

The advertising money was paid to the Maryland firm OnMessage, Inc. Let's Get to Work raised only $500 during October, with the money coming from former state Rep. Michelle Rehwinkel Vasilinda, the report shows.

Let's Get to Work had about $1.5 million in cash on hand as of Oct. 31.

On October 24 the University of North Florida’s Public Opinion Research Lab released a poll of a hypothetical matchup between Scott and incumbent Senator Bill Nelson.

Related: UNF Poll Indicates Rick Scott Vs. Bill Nelson For U.S. Senate Would Be Close Match (10/24/17)

Registered Democrats in the poll intended to vote for Nelson at 66 percent, while 68 percent of registered Republicans said they would vote for Scott. 

The poll looked at job approval ratings with 59 percent strongly or somewhat approving of the job Scott is doing. Nelson’s approval rating was lower at 35 percent.