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The Villages has become an ATM for the GOP
The Villages, the Central Florida retirement community owned by Gary Morse, has become something of an ATM for the Republican Party, according to a story by Salon.com. The piece cites a $50,000 check from Morse, a co-chairman of Mitt Romney’s Florida campaign, written to a new super PAC supporting U.S. Senate candidate Connie Mack.
But in addition to nearly $900,000 that Morse, his family and company have contributed to Republican candidates and super PACs that support them, the story details how the retirement community has become a money tree for the GOP:
Morse’s biggest contribution to Republicans may not be his checkbook, but his kingdom, The Villages. The massive retirement community, which has more than 50,000 residents according to the 2010 recent Census, has become a must-visit stop for Republican politicians and conservative media figures. Fully 95 percent of the donations from The Villages’ 32162 zip code have gone to Republicans this year, according to the Center for Responsive Politics.
“The road to Washington goes through Tallahassee — you have to win Florida — and the road to Tallahassee goes through The Villages,” said Rich Cole, the president of the The Villages Republican Club.