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Tampa Bay lawmakers featured in anti-Medicaid expansion ad

Published Aug. 24, 2015

Several Tampa Bay area legislators are featured prominently in a new TV and digital ad by Americans for Prosperity, "thanking" them for blocking Medicaid expansion during the 2015 session.

One version of the spot shows the faces and names of Sen. Jeff Brandes, R-St. Petersburg; House Majority Leader Dana Young, R-Tampa; Rep. Richard Corcoran, R-Land O'Lakes; Rep. Chris Latvala, R-Clearwater; Rep. Chris Sprowls, R-Palm Harbor; Rep. Larry Ahern, R-Seminole; and Rep. James Grant, R-Tampa.

AFP, a conservative advocacy group backed by the Koch brothers, says in a release that "the two-week long TV effort will feature TV, digital and mail to educate Floridians about the 72 legislators who stood up for taxpayers and patients against special interests who pushed to bring Obama's Medicaid expansion to the Sunshine State." AFP says five different versions of its 30-second ads are airing across Florida.