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As Rick Scott Abandons Job, Floridians Are Left Behind

New reporting from Politico found that Rick Scott has given up on doing the job of governor, instead focusing full time on extending his political career. While abandoning his official job, he fundraised with oil and gas special interests and the founder of the company at the center of the SunPass Scandal.

Here are some key points from Politico’s report:

Rick Scott’s tendency to look out for himself and his donors at the expense of Floridians has been in full view this week.

WTSP in Tampa has found that in the weeks leading up to SunPass’ collapse, Rick Scott attended an out-of-state fundraiser hosted by the founder of Conduent, the contractor responsible for SunPass’ recent massive backlog.

WTSP also reported that a major Scott donor and bundler was paid by Conduent to lobby the Scott administration at the same time the contract was initially awarded. The same day that Scott’s administration admitted Conduent’s system at the core of SunPass’ problems, Ballard was hosting a high-dollar fundraiser for Scott in D.C.

This all comes on the heels of reporting on other failed state contractors who donated significantly to Rick Scott. Last month, CBS4 in Miami found that, in the wake of Hurricane Irma, Rick Scott’s administration wasted tens of millions of dollars by hiring campaign donors for a debris removal contract. WTSP had also recently reported on how Rick Scott pushed Florida’s shift to private prisons — a move that resulted in massive cuts to crucial rehabilitation programs while directly benefiting his campaign donors.

Here are some key points from WTSP’s latest reporting on SunPass:

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