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Here are the first ads against Rick Scott from billionaire-backed climate group

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NextGen Climate, the political committee aiming to unseat Gov. Rick Scott and backed by California investor and environmental activist Tom Steyer, today debuts its first two TV ads in Florida. The first, called "Shock," jumps on Duke Energy's support of Scott's campaign and how Scott and the Florida legislature allows Duke to bill Floridians for two failed energy plants. The second, "Fountain,” highlights Scott’s financial ties to oil drilling near the Everglades.

The response from the Rick Scott campaign:“The FALSE ad by Tom Steyer’s group in support of Charlie Crist blatantly lies by saying the Governor took ‘campaign cash’ from driller Dan A. Hughes. In fact, no political entity associated with Governor Scott has ever received contributions from the company – in this election or 2010. It was Governor Scott’s administration who shut down Dan A. Hughes’ operations, filed suit against the company in Collier County and pulled their permits.

“Governor Scott acted swiftly to protect the environment and he continues to do so with his newly announced $1 billion investment plan to ‘Keep Florida Beautiful’ for years to come. But, once again, Charlie Crist’s allies don’t live by the truth, or the facts. They are lying and our campaign is putting any station airing this ad on legal notice that it would be a violation of the law to air Charlie Crist’s allies’ latest work of fiction.”

[Last modified: Friday, August 8, 2014 12:58pm]

    

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