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May 20, 2018

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The Villages takes a break from political involvement

Jason Garcia | 5/24/2017

In the summer of 2014, the family behind The Villages, the retirement community that straddles three counties in central Florida, came through for Gov. Rick Scott in a big way.

Gov. Rick Scott at the Villages

Gov. Rick Scott signed his first budget at The Villages in 2011.
[Photo: George Horsford/AP]

With the Republican governor in the midst of a tough re-election race, members of the Morse family injected more than $100,000 into Scott’s campaign via at least 36 checks, each for $3,000, the maximum allowed under state law. The checks came from Gary Morse, the family patriarch, billionaire founder of The Villages and Republican Party fundraiser — along with his spouse, his children, their spouses and an assortment of corporate entities with names like Lazy B Cattle, a hunting ranch, and 44A Partners, apparently named after a local highway. (Employees and contractors of The Villages wrote even more checks for Scott, most of which were delivered at the same time.)

A few months later, in October 2014, Gary Morse passed away at age 77. The Villages’ involvement in politics hasn’t been the same since.

ALSO IN THIS ARTICLE: Mark Morse; Al Butler; Gary Lester.

 

 

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