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SMP Health Care Ad Backed by $2.6M

Scott narrowly led Nelson among Hispanics in a poll.

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Zach C. Cohen
July 12, 2018, 10:51 a.m.

Senate Majority PAC on Wednesday released a “statewide” TV ad, narrated by an ER doctor, blasting Gov. Rick Scott (R) for having “vetoed millions in healthcare funds and refused federal funds that would’ve covered 750,000 Floridians.” He contrasts that with Sen. Bill Nelson (D), who “took on insurance companies; forcing them to cover people with pre-existing conditions” and “working to lower costs and get more people covered, not less.”

The doctor closes: “That’s the difference: Scott puts insurance companies first; Bill Nelson puts Florida first.” (release)

A spokesman said the ad will start airing tomorrow on a $2.6 million buy. (Hotline reporting)

UNDERWATER. Scott led Nelson 42-39 among “1,000 Hispanic registered voters in the counties of Broward, Miami-Dade and Monroe” surveyed by Mason-Dixon Polling & Strategy (June 25-29; +/-3.2 %). (WTVJ)

DEEP DIVE. “The reason … Scott's net income rose 55 percent in 2017 has to do with electric cars, China partnerships, a company turnaround, and a single transaction that resulted in a revenue boost of as much as $550 million to the governor and his family. Continental Structural Plastics, a Michigan-based company that supplies lightweight plastic components to the automotive industry, sold for $825 million on Jan. 3, 2017 to a Japanese conglomerate. The company, bought by Scott in 2005 for an undisclosed price, was one of the largest assets in the millionaire governor's portfolio.”

“The assets in Scott's trust are supposed to be blind to him, and managed by an independent trustee. He was to have no knowledge of transactions within the trust and make no decisions regarding it. But for years, the Herald/Times reported in 2014, Scott's family bought and sold assets that mirror those held by Scott's blind trust and had them managed by the same team of financial advisers who worked on Scott's investments before he became governor.” (Miami Herald)

Nelson: "For years there have been questions about the accuracy of Rick Scott's financial disclosure. Now, the Miami Herald has exposed the truth and extent of what he has been hiding." (release)

BUOYED. Florida Right to Life PAC endorsed Scott this week. (Sunshine State News)

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