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Pro-Davis 527 Formed



A group calling itself 21st Century Florida popped up this week and could be used to aid Jim Davis' bid for governor. The group is run by Ed Dees, head of the Gulf Coast Building Trades Council, and Michael Joblove, a Hollywood attorney and activist with the American Israel Public Affairs Committee. Last week, Joblove joined U.S. Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz in a telephone news conference condemning a pro-Rod Smith group's mailer that criticized Davis for missing a vote on a resolution condemning attacks on Israel.

Smith's camp said the organization exposes a contradiction in what Davis has said about special interest money. "Yesterday he condemned the existence of such groups, today he stands to benefit from one - it's just more Washington double-talk from the Congressman," Smith spokesman David Kochman said.

Davis spokesman Josh Earnest said the campaign learned of the group this morning - via a call from a reporter. He adds: “Months ago, Smith began coordinating with a political group that was largely bankrolled by a corrupt state prison contractor and the US Sugar Co. After using his self-described ‘effectiveness’ in the legislature to help special interests, it’s no surprise that those same unsavory special interests are now effectively bankrolling his campaign.”

[Last modified: Wednesday, September 15, 2010 3:12pm]


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