Video: Convicted GOP Fraud & Health Care Astroturfer Rick Scott Launches Bid For Florida Gov … Directs Contributions to his Investment Firm …

By Lee Fang | Think Progress | Apr 13th, 2010

Last year, Rick Scott emerged as the public face of the right-wing forces dedicated to stopping health reform. As first reported by the Wonk Room, Scott hired the same Republican public relations firm that managed the Swift Boat Veterans for Truth campaign against Sen. John Kerry (D-MA) in 2004 to organize his campaign against health reform. Scott’s Conservatives for Patients’ Rights ran nasty, fact-less attack ads against the public option, encouraged Tea Party groups to ambush lawmakers at town halls, and lobbied aggressively (with the support of insurers) to block reform legislation.

Just as his attack group seemingly disappeared from the public discourse, Scott launched a new effort: to become the next Republican Governor of Florida. Scott’s website already seems to have difficulty distancing himself from his shady business dealings. Scott neglects to mention his disgraced business history, instead portraying himself as a “conservative outsider.” His website directs visitors to send campaign contributions to the same office as his private investment firm. In the past, his firm has invested heavily in technology firms instrumental in helping repressive regimes in Saudi Arabia and Iran. ...

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