Katie Porter for Congress

Statement by Katie Porter Campaign on Medicare and Medicaid Defrauder Rick Scott’s PAC $1 Million Ad Buy to Attack Katie Porter

10/18/2018

For Immediate Release:

October 18, 2018

Contact Luis Vizcaino - Luis.Vizcaino@katieporter.com

Irvine – Florida Governor Rick Scott’s Political Action Committee “New Republican PAC” this week made a nearly $1Million cable ad buy to attack Democratic candidate Katie Porter on the heels of declining poll numbers and a dismal third quarter fundraising report by Mimi Walters’ campaign.

Katie Porter Campaign Manager Erica Kwiatkowski responded to the attacks by Rick Scott:

“Rick Scott’s Super PAC is pouring nearly $1 million in special interest dark money to attack Katie Porter in a desperate attempt to help fellow Donald Trump supporter Mimi Walters, who votes with Trump 99 percent of the time.

“Rick Scott, who oversaw one of the largest Medicare frauds in U.S. history, is trying to influence this election but the voters of Orange County will not be fooled. They don’t want a Congresswoman who will be a rubber stamp for Donald Trump’s attacks on California families, the environment, and healthcare.

“Katie Porter raised nearly three times more money than Mimi Walters in the last quarter and did not accept any corporate PAC money. She is running a grassroots campaign and in Congress she will put Orange County first. The voters will vote for the candidate with the courage to fight for Orange County families 100 percent of the time.”

The New Republican PAC, which is associated with Rick Scott’s Florida Senate race is financed and chaired by Ken Griffin, a hedge fund billionaire & GOP megadonor. On the same day Griffin maxed out to Walters, he contributed $2.5 million to the PAC, raising questions of whether this infusion of cash on behalf of Walters is payback for her GOP Tax Scam vote that benefitted Griffin while hurting Walters’ own district.

Rick Scott is a Trump ally that has helped advance Trump’s agenda alongside Mimi Walters. He was one of the first Republicans to support the election of Donald Trump, serving as chair of a Trump-aligned Super PAC and raising millions of dollars in special interest money to elect Donald Trump as president.

In 1996, Scott resigned as CEO of Columbia/HCA after federal agents began investigating the company for fraudulent billing practices. According to PolitiFact, Columbia/HCA paid more than $1.7 billion in criminal fines for, among other things, billing Medicare, Medicaid, and other federal programs for unnecessary tests and attaching false diagnoses to patient records to increase reimbursements to hospitals.

Rick Scott has used his position to enrich himself and his family even further--his shady finances have been brought to light during his race for Florida Senate. According to the New York Times, Rick Scott has set up a blind trust “in name only.” Raising questions about his investments and profits while serving as governor.

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