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U.S. Sen. Scott donates to Florida organizations focusing on Puerto Ricans’ hurricane recovery

By on April 10, 2019

Puerto Rico Resident Commissioner Jenniffer González and Florida Sen. Rick Scott (Courtesy)

To give 1st quarter Senate salary to legal clinic and faith-based, woman-focused group

SAN JUAN – Florida Sen. Rick Scott announced he will donate his first quarter Senate salary to two organizations committed to Puerto Rico disaster recovery efforts.

According to a release published Wednesday, the senator’s pay will go to Legal Services Clinic of Puerto Rican Community in Orlando and the Mujeres Restauradas Por Dios of Tampa.

“Following Hurricane Maria, the Puerto Rican Bar Association of Florida opened a nonprofit legal clinic focused on providing legal services to Puerto Ricans who have settled in Florida. The clinic employs displaced Puerto Rican attorneys and provides free and affordable legal aid to the Puerto Rican community,” the release explains.

As for Mujeres Restauradas Por Dios, it is “a faith-based, non-profit organization that helped families from Puerto Rico integrate into the community by opening a welcome center in Tampa and connecting them with vital services, including housing, job placement, and medical care,” according to the senator’s office.

“As Governor and now as Senator, I have stood with the Puerto Rican community, both in Florida and on the Island, and worked to provide every resource available to aid in their recovery,” Scott said in his statement. “I’m honored to support two incredible organizations that went above and beyond to help Puerto Rican families who came to Florida following Hurricane Maria. It’s humbling to see these organizations, and so many generous volunteers, come together to support our fellow Americans in their time of need, and together, we will never stop fighting for Puerto Rico.”

Florida Politics calculated that U.S. Senators are paid $174,000 a year, so a quarter of that would be a $43,500, going to the two groups.

“Scott doesn’t personally need the money, as he might be the wealthiest member of the U.S. Senate, with a net worth most recently reported in the range of $232 million in 2017,” the outlet said.

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