Gov. Rick Scott To Pay for His Own Campaign

Posted at 2:57 AM, Oct 24, 2014
and last updated 2014-10-24 10:22:21-04

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) - Florida Gov. Rick Scott is going to pump millions into his own re-election despite already outspending his main opponent in the race.

Scott told a Miami television station on Wednesday that he is going to be "investing" in his race, although he did not cite a specific amount.

Scott also said that he was dipping into his own wallet to "offset" what he called a "smear campaign" by wealthy California billionaire Tom Steyer. Steyer's so-called "super PAC," NextGen Climate has put nearly $12 million into Florida. That money has been used on ads that target Scott over utility companies and oil drilling.

Scott, a multi-millionaire who once ran the nation's largest hospital chain, spent more than $70 million of his own money in his 2010 campaign.