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PolitiFact Florida: U.S. Rep. Patrick Murphy's policies will raise utility bills by $500 a year, Koch-backed group says



An anti-regulation group is accusing U.S. Rep. Patrick Murphy of wanting to use the Senate to adopt policies that would raise the cost of just about everything, starting with your utility bills.

"Vote against Patrick Murphy," reads a mailer we received Sept. 12, 2016, from Americans for Prosperity Florida. "We can’t afford his ‘Pay More’ agenda."

The flier cautions electricity and grocery prices will go up as wages go down with Murphy in the Senate.

"Patrick Murphy’s ‘Pay More’ energy agenda means you could pay another $500 a year for your utility bills!" the flier warns.

The group behind the attack is the Florida affiliate of the main political committee for the anti-tax industrialists and billionaires Charles and David Koch.

We wondered just what Murphy would be planning that would make utility costs go up $500 annually. There’s a tenuous link between what the Jupiter Democrat supports and the future of energy costs, but it’s not nearly as charged as AFP claimed.

We rated the statement Mostly False. Click here to read more.

[Last modified: Tuesday, September 20, 2016 4:07pm]


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