Florida For All Hands Out #ShadyRick Hand Sanitizer at Scott FundraiserSlam Scott for alleged dirty politics and corruption
(TAMPA, FL) – Local activists protested alleged corruption at a Rick Scott Tampa fundraiser today in Tampa. Protestors handed out “#ShadyRick Hand Sanitizers” that promise to “keep your hands free of dirty politics”.
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.
“Our message to Rick Scott is that Florida is not for sale,” said Florida For All Spokesperson, Ana Tinsly. “When Scott says his administration is ‘working’ for Floridians, it all depends on who you are talking about. If you are wealthy, well connected, and especially a donor, then Scott’s policies are certainly working for you. If you’re working to make ends meet, have your kids in public school, don’t have access to affordable health care, or if you’re a woman earning less than your male counterparts, then Scott has been nothing short of disastrous.”
The event coincided with Florida For All’s publishing of Rick Scott’s Top Ten Dirtiest Deeds on its website.
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.
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 in Spectra Energy, the company chosen by FPL to build the project.
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.