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Who were some notable contributors to Governor Rick Scott's 2014 re-election campaign?

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Notable contributors to Florida governor Rick Scott's 2014 campaign included Donald Trump, former governor Jeb Bush, golfer Jack Nicklaus, former Miami Dolphins coach Don Shula and Elon Musk of SpaceX and Tesla. Businesses that donated to his campaign included Disney, SeaWorld, AT&T and the Miami Dolphins.

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In the 2014 Florida gubernatorial race, incumbent Republican Rick Scott ran against former Republican governor and Democratic candidate Charlie Crist. The race was notable for being the most expensive in Florida history, with over 93 million dollars spent in total by both candidates. News reports noted that it was a highly negative campaign on both sides.

Such an expensive campaign required a large number of donors. Many of Rick Scott's donors belonged to fields such as healthcare, insurance and real estate development. His largest donor was MBF Healthcare Partners and its chairman, who donated more than $1.7 million to his campaign. Another $1.1 million came from insurance company Florida Blue. Rick Scott has been involved with a number of health care companies in the past, including Solantic, Pharmaca and Columbia/HCA, which also donated to his 2014 campaign. With strong personal ties to the healthcare and insurance fields, Scott's support from healthcare donors was widely anticipated.

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