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Sidenotes as Scott “gets to work” on Seminole compact


Published:   |   Updated: March 5, 2014 at 06:23 PM

As Gov. Rick Scott “gets to work” negotiating a new deal with the Seminole Tribe of Florida to share revenue from their gambling operations, some quick points to note:

♦ In September, the tribe dropped $500,000 into “Let’s Get to Work,” Scott’s “electioneering communication organization” that is funding his re-election effort for 2014.

An ECO, as it’s known for short, is allowed under Florida law for the limited purpose of “making expenditures for electioneering communications or accepting contributions for the purpose of making electioneering communications.”

Generally, they fund informational-type ads that don’t “expressly advocate the election or defeat of a candidate or the passage or defeat of an issue.”

♦ The tribe’s influential Tallahassee attorney, Barry Richard, is married to Allison Tant, the head of the Florida Democratic Party.

The tribe also gave $95,000 to the state Democratic Party.

Richard is one of the Greenberg Traurig law firm’s powerhouses, perhaps most notable for representing then-Texas Gov. George W. Bush during the 2000 presidential-election challenge in Florida.

But Richard also once represented the defendant in a dispute over royalties lodged by funk-music legend George Clinton in Tallahassee federal court.

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