Florida Gov. Rick Scott much wealthier than previously reported, data show

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Florida Gov. Rick Scott, speaks at a campaign stop, in Hialeah, Fla., July 13, 2018.  (Associated Press)

Florida Gov. Rick Scott released a financial disclosure report Friday that revealed for the first time he is reportedly worth at least $255 million.  

Scott, who is running against Democratic incumbent U.S. Sen. Bill Nelson, turned in a 125-page, federally required financial disclosure to the U.S. Senate.

The report shows that his family is much richer than the Republican governor has been reporting to state authorities.

The 65-year-old multi-millionaire businessman is the richest person to ever serve as the state’s governor, according to the Herald.

The financial report also shows that the Scott family has holdings in a vast array of companies as well as a substantial portfolio of bonds from local governments and other public institutions.

The holdings could raise questions about conflicts since both Scott and his wife have invested in companies that do business in Florida, including a subsidiary of the company that owns Florida's largest electric utility.

Scott has routinely insisted he has no control over his investments since his own personal holdings are in a blind trust that is not managed by him. His campaign repeated that assertion after the report was released.

"The blind trust is managed by an independent financial professional who decides what assets are bought, sold or changed," Scott's campaign said in a statement. "The rules of the blind trust prevent any specific assets or the value of those assets within the trust from being disclosed to the governor, and those requirements have always been followed."

But the report is sure to give fresh ammunition to critics of Scott, who maintain he has been hiding details of his fortune.

"It is clear financial shenanigans have allowed Rick Scott to obscure his true finances for eight years," said Don Hinkle, a Tallahassee attorney who has sued Scott. Hinkle, a one-time fundraiser for former President Barack Obama, contends Scott is violating state financial disclosure requirements.

The Democratic Party and Nelson's campaign did not immediately respond for comment.

During his first run in 2010, Scott released his tax returns and a lengthy list of business holdings.

Scott has used his wealth to help bankroll his campaigns during his three runs for office. 

Shortly after he first took office, he received permission from the ethics commission to set up a blind trust to remove direct control over his finances in an effort to avoid possible conflicts. But the trust is managed by a company that includes a longtime business associate of Scott.

Scott, who does not accept a salary and uses a family jet to travel, first built his fortune as the head of the hospital giant Columbia/HCA.

He was forced out of the job amid a federal investigation into fraud. Although Scott was never charged with any wrongdoing, the company paid a then-record $1.7 billion fine for Medicare fraud.

Amy Lieu is a news editor and reporter for Fox News.

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  • Patti Davis, Ronald Reagan's daughter, says she's sexual assault survivor in op-ed defending Kavanaugh's accuser

    Patti Davis, Ronald Reagan's daughter, says she's sexual assault survivor in op-ed defending Kavanaugh's accuser

    or redistributed. &copy;2018 FOX News Network, LLC. All rights reserved. All market data delayed 20 minutes.</p><p> Patti Davis, the daughter of Ronald and Nancy Reagan, wrote in an op-ed that she was sexually assaulted roughly 40 years ago. &nbsp;(Getty Images) </p><p>Patti Davis, the daughter of former President Ronald Reagan and former first lady Nancy Reagan, said she was sexually assaulted about 40 years ago as she mounted a defense of the woman who accused President Trump’s Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh of sexual misconduct.</p><p>She said she was hoping to jump-start her music career and brought a cassette with her material to the appointment. She said she did not remember what the two talked about but remembered what the man was wearing. She also recalled the man offering her cocaine.</p><p>“When he pulled a vial of cocaine out of his desk drawer and started chopping up lines on a small mirror, I’m 90 percent sure I declined his offer to do some with him, not because I didn’t do drugs — I definitely did in those years — but because I was starting to feel uncomfortable. My memory of the discomfort is sharp and clear, but my memory of declining the coke is, as I said, about 90 percent,” she wrote.</p><p>Davis described the alleged assault, including what the man’s breath smelled like.</p><p>“He was against me, on top of me — so quickly — with his hands under my skirt and his mouth on mine, that I froze,” she wrote. “I lay there as he pushed himself inside me. The leather couch stuck to my skin, made noises beneath me. His breath smelled like coffee and stale bread. He didn't use a condom.&quot;</p><p>Davis wrote she did not tell anyone about the alleged assault for decades.</p><p>“I never told anyone for decades — not a friend, not a boyfriend, not a therapist, not my husband when I got married years later,” she wrote.</p><p>“It doesn’t surprise me one bit that for more than 30 years, Christine Blasey Ford didn’t talk about the assault she remembers, the one she accuses Supreme Court nominee Brett M. Kavanaugh of committing,” Davis wrote.</p><p>She said Ford was “criticized” for not remembering the address of where the alleged assault occurred. However, Davis pointed out that Ford recalled the alleged attack in vivid detail.</p><p>Ford has requested the FBI to investigate the alleged sexual assault - which Davis called a “brave request.”</p><p>On late Friday night, Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Chuck Grassley granted Ford another extension to decide whether she will testify to the committee. Grassley initially invited Ford, a psychology professor at Palo Alto University, to testify Monday and gave Ford until 10 a.m. Friday to respond. That deadline passed Friday without a deal after Ford’s attorneys made clear this week Ford didn’t want to testify Monday but suggested she would do so on another day.</p><p>Ford said she was 15 and Kavanaugh was 17 when he allegedly assaulted her at a house party in Maryland. She claims he pinned her to a bed, attempted to remove her clothes and put his hand over her mouth to prevent her from screaming.</p><p>Kavanaugh, a federal appeals judge, has&nbsp;denied the accusations&nbsp;and said he’s willing to testify before the Judiciary Committee to prove his innocence.</p><p>Kathleen Joyce is a breaking/trending news producer for FoxNews.com. You can follow her at @Kathleen_Joyce8 on Twitter.</p><p>This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed. &copy;2018 FOX News Network, LLC. All rights reserved. All market data delayed 20 minutes.</p>

    1 September 22, 2018
  •  Overconfident? Dem optimism surges as midterms approach

    Overconfident? Dem optimism surges as midterms approach

    rats who are increasingly confident in their quest to seize control of at least one chamber of Congress six weeks before Election Day.</p><p> "I do believe Democrats will win back the House of Representatives," said New Mexico Rep. Ben Ray Lujan, chairman of the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee. "Our candidates are in a strong position."</p><p> Democratic confidence is particularly strong among campaign operatives who work closely with women, a critical voting bloc that has turned away from Trump's GOP in the suburban and exurban districts where the House majority will be won or lost this fall. Polls suggest women are turbocharged and eager to punish Trump's party as the voting season begins.</p><p> "I have all intentions of this institution delivering the U.S. House back for the Democrats," said Stephanie Schriock, president of EMILY'S List, an organization that supports female Democrats. "We have the candidates in place to do that and then some."</p><p> That's leaving some top Democrats warning their party of the dangers of overconfidence.</p><p> "This is no time for confidence. This is no time for braggadociousness or bluster," New Jersey Sen. Cory Booker told The Associated Press in a recent interview.</p><p> That's a tough message to push at a time when even Republican campaign professionals publicly and privately acknowledge that conventional metrics for predicting election outcomes favor Democrats.</p><p> On top of Trump's low approval, Republicans this year have also been saddled by more than 40 House retirements, ceding the power of incumbency in several competitive races. And there are continued signs that the Democratic base is far more energized in the early years of the Trump era than the GOP.</p><p> "I would never tell a politician to be confident because of how the world changes," said Republican strategist Rick Tyler. "But by applying those metrics, Democrats should pick up 80 seats."</p><p> Former Democratic National Committee Chair Donna Brazile turned heads in a recent interview with ABC when she predicted a Democratic takeover in the Senate. Democrats need to pick up just two seats to claim the Senate majority, but most of the competitive Senate contests this year takes place in a Republican-leaning state.</p><p> "We're confident," Brazile said. "Not overconfident, but confident that we can run the tables in the Senate."</p><p> While Democratic House candidates are outraising their GOP competitors in many cases, Republicans are expected to win the larger spending battle largely because of their reliance on Super PACs that can raise unlimited sums of money.</p><p> Already, the Republican powerhouse has committed more than $70 million to shape the House landscape, primarily by running attack ads to put Democratic candidates on defense as the midterm season moves into its final weeks.</p><p> In Minnesota, which began early voting on Friday , Ryan's super PAC is dumping $8 million into an advertising campaign targeting two congressional districts. They include the 8th district, where 32-year-old former Democratic state Rep. Joe Radinovich faced charges that "he's spent his life running from the law" in a recent ad that cites multiple traffic violations.</p><p> Radinovich's campaign called the claims "egregious" and "disgraceful," saying it falsely portrayed unpaid parking tickets as crimes and misrepresents a marijuana-related citation that the Democrat received as a teen.</p><p> Fair or not, the Republican attacks are jeopardizing an open seat in a Democratic-leaning state.</p><p> Democrats are struggling for traction in a series of contests that should be prime pickup opportunities — on paper, at least. Polling suggests several vulnerable Republicans in swing districts are performing better than expected, a list that includes Reps. Carlos Curbelo of Florida, Will Hurd of Texas, and John Katko of New York.</p><p> And in Florida's 27th district, a heavily Hispanic open seat in Miami, former Health and Human Services Secretary Donna Shalala is locked in a surprisingly close contest with Republican Maria Elvira Salazar, a well-known Hispanic television reporter.</p><p> But don't relay those concerns to the people who lined up for hours outside Philadelphia's Dell Music Center on Friday to see Obama rally Democratic voters in a pivotal swing state.</p><p> Della Jamison, a 65-year-old Democrat from North Philadelphia, was exuberant about her party's chances when asked. In Pennsylvania alone, Democrats envision flipping a half dozen House seats.</p><p> "We are on the battlefield, baby," Jamison said. "It's already done."</p><p> Peoples reported from New York. AP Congressional Correspondent Lisa Mascaro contributed to this report.</p>

    1 September 22, 2018


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