Rick Scott's gaudy inauguration paid for by corporate interests with various issues that will come before the state

Diageo North America, Inc. (DIAGEO) $15,000

Health Management Associates (H.M.A.) $25,000

Wayne Huizenga $25,000

Huizenga Holdings $25,000

Broad and Cassel Attorneys At Law $5,000

Thomas Petway III, $25,000

Brewton Plante P.A $25,000

Florida Transportation Builders Association, Inc. $25,000

Mosaic Fertilizer $25,000

FL Concrete & Product Association $25,000

Florida Phosphate $25,000

Don Phillips $15,000

Carlton Fields $15,000

Holland & Knight $25,000

IMPACT $25,000

PCI Gaming Authority $25,000

ABC Liquors $5,000

Florida Justice Reform Institute $25,000

Those are just some of the individuals and corporate donors who have coughed up the $3 million to fund Monday and Tuesday's events. (You can get the complete list here.)  But all those concerned with the campaign — or even those who donated — insist that they neither expect nor will deserve to get any special considerations for their generous donations.

As Mary Ellen Klas reports in today's Times/Herald:

More than 200 contributions streamed in. It's an investment in history, said lobbyist Ron Book, whose clients donated.

"People who think they're going to get some special treatment are fooling themselves," he said, as he boarded a plane to attend a candlelight dinner for donors. "People contribute to the inauguration because they want to be part of the celebration."

The Rick Scott era begins in just a few hours, as the ostentatious $3 million two-day inauguration extravaganza continues with the official swearing-in ceremonies at high noon today.

While Jerry Brown was being sworn in as California's newest governor, the San Francisco Chronicle reports that outside of the Capitol, "hundreds of people stood in line for free hot dogs at an open-to-the-public inauguration party sponsored by an Orange County public employees union. Inside the governor's office, meanwhile, Brown's guests were treated to pizza."

That's not exactly the milieu we're seeing in Tallahassee, as many of the corporations that are funding the Scott inauguration festivities stand to benefit from his administration.

Listed below are just some of the heavy hitters who have put money in for the cause, some with local ties:

Blue Cross Blue Shield of Florida $25,000

United States Sugar $25,000

TECO Energy $25,000

FCCI Services, Inc. $10,000

Dick Beard $5,0000

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