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Taking on Big Sugar



Save Our Everglades Trust said Thursday that it "served notice" on candidates who accept help from Big Sugar and would attempt to match dollar for dollar advertising money "to set the record straight."

First up: Rod Smith. An ad mentions the help the Alachua Democrat is getting, claiming it is the result of his support of a 2003 bill that "delayed the Everglades cleanup, endangered our water quality and put the tax burden on working families."

"If you take help from corrupting coffers of Big Sugar, you will reap no benefit from it, because we will invest a like amount in telling the truth," said spokeswoman Mary Barley, who has been on the losing side of sugar-financed advertising.

Barley declined to reveal on Thursday who was funding the $1 million buy on statewide television, saying only that they money did not come from anyone with an economic interest in Florida.

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[Last modified: Wednesday, September 15, 2010 12:42pm]


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