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NextGen Climate, now up to $12-million against Gov. Scott, has new ad linking him to Duke Energy

Adam C. Smith, Times Political Editor

Saturday, October 4, 2014 8:00am

NextGen Climate, the political committee founded by California billionaire Tom Steyer to target climate change skeptics, has already spent $7.1-million to help unseat Gov. Rick Scott. Now we're told the committee with 21 offices and more than 500 staffers, canvassers and volunteers, has just ponied up another $5million to the Florida effort.

"We've committed to doing what it takes to get the job done," said NextGen's Florida director Jackie Lee.

NextGen has a new ad airing in Tampa Bay linking governor to Duke Energy. "Rick Scott's favorite power company" has been bilking customers, the ad says, noting the Duke is helping fund the Scott campaign and that Scott used to run a health care company accused of Medicare fraud.