Rick Scott Campaign, Florida GOP Paid Big For Private Jet Owned By Scott's Wife's Business

MIAMI, FL - MARCH 24: Florida Gov. Rick Scott speaks with the media during a visit to the Miami Childrens Museum on March 24, 2014 in Miami, Florida. Scott visited the musum to highlight the states increased funding for early childhood education while making a case for re-election against former Florida Gov., now Democratic candidate, Charlie Crist, who he seen as trailing in the polls.. (Photo by Joe Raedle/Getty Images)
MIAMI, FL - MARCH 24: Florida Gov. Rick Scott speaks with the media during a visit to the Miami Childrens Museum on March 24, 2014 in Miami, Florida. Scott visited the musum to highlight the states increased funding for early childhood education while making a case for re-election against former Florida Gov., now Democratic candidate, Charlie Crist, who he seen as trailing in the polls.. (Photo by Joe Raedle/Getty Images)

Florida Gov. Rick Scott's re-election campaign and the Florida Republican Party have together paid over $227,000 for the use of a private jet owned by Scott's wife's business, according to the Tampa Bay Times.

The Cessna Citation jet, which Scott also uses for official state travel, is owned by his wife Ann Scott's business, Columbia Collier Management LLC.

Scott's campaign defended using the jet and criticized his Democratic rival in an email to HuffPost.

"Unlike Charlie Crist, who takes unreported private jet flights from campaign donors including known environmental polluters, Governor Scott strictly follows Florida law regarding campaign travel," Scott spokeswoman Jackie Schutz said.

The Tampa Bay Times raised questions in April about the jet, noting the lack of disclosed expenditures violated Florida campaign finance laws.

Scott also received criticism in July for past travel to a Texas hunting lodge owned by U.S. Sugar Corp., despite previously lamenting large sugar industry contributions to politicians.

And in March, Democrats accused Scott's campaign of violating campaign finance laws due to an allegedly illegal transfer of money from a communication organization to a political committee.

HuffPost Pollster has Scott leading his most formidable Democratic opponent, former Florida Gov. Charlie Crist, in the November general election:

This story has been updated to inlcude a comment from Scott's campaign.

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Big Sugar: $550,000
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Seminole Tribe Of Florida: $505,000
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Florida Power & Light Company: $555,512
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Wayne Huizenga: $380,500
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Sheldon Adelson: $250,000
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Shahid Khan: $250,000
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AT&T: $100,000
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Donald Trump: $60,000
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Stephen Ross: $50,000
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Seaworld: $30,000
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Verizon: $30,000
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Yahoo: $5,000
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PepsiCo: $5,000
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