Politics

Rick Scott's Team Paints Tom Steyer as Barack Obama's Cat's-Paw

By: Kevin Derby | Posted: August 26, 2014 3:55 AM
Rick Scott and Tom Steyer

Rick Scott and Tom Steyer

NextGen Climate, a liberal super-PAC backed by California businessman and billionaire Tom Steyer, came out swinging at Gov. Rick Scott on Monday, releasing a new TV ad attacking the governor for ties to Duke Energy. But Scott's team fired back, insisting Steyer and his PAC were going to bat for President Barack Obama. 

Despite having made his fortune in part due to his investment in coal, Steyer is now backing alternative energy and using his money to defeat candidates who have questioned global warming. Steyer has publicly mulled spending around $10 million to defeat Scott this year.

The new ad from the PAC claims Scott took campaign donations from Duke Energy, giving that company contracts despite poor performance. The ad claims Scott took $500,000 from Duke Energy.

“With the stroke of a pen, Rick Scott failed to protect Florida consumers. letting Duke Energy charge customers billions for two power plants that don’t generate a single watt of energy,” the narrator says in the ad.
 
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But Scott’s team fired back on the new ad and one last week that claimed the governor had accepted $200,000 from the Collier family who own land for oil exploration near the Everglades, insisting the new ads actually should be directed at former Gov. Charlie Crist. Despite having spent most of his political life as a Republican, Crist is the favorite to win the Democratic primary on Tuesday and challenge Scott in November.

Scott’s camp noted that Crist had steered more than $500,000 from the Colliers to the GOP when he was a Republican. Scott’s team also pointed out that Crist approved building the nuclear power plants.

Matt Moon, a spokesman for the Scott campaign, fired back on Monday, trying to connect both Steyer and Crist to Obama.

“Steyer's new ads take a swipe at his Obama ally – Charlie Crist – by attacking contributions from the Collier family, who donated hundreds of thousands of dollars to Crist, and attacking Rick Scott for protecting consumers after Crist left taxpayers on the hook,” Moon said on Monday. “Oops. While Rick Scott has fought to stop illegal drilling in Collier County and rein in utilities, Charlie Crist was busy flying to an environmental press conference on the plane of a serial polluter. More swings and misses by Obama's special-interest force Tom Steyer in Florida.”



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Comments (8)

OrlandoChris
8:18PM AUG 26TH 2014
I am voting for Adrian Wyllie and Bill Wohlsifer.
Patricia Lavins
10:28AM AUG 26TH 2014
Tom Steyer is a true American hero. The fact that he is willing to use his wealth to ensure that climate change deniers have no opportunity to obstruct the critical changes that are urgently needed is of major benefit to Florida. My only regret is that he is not also targeting Bill "Birther" Posey of the 8th Congressional District.
The Swampfox
7:31AM AUG 26TH 2014
Why is it the hypocrisy goes unnoticed by so many? Steyer made his money investing in coal now he's a left winged nut environmentalist? If he's gotten so religious for the left why don't he just give the money back to the Audubon Society or donate it to a charity?? It's called greed the democrat's are experts at talking out of both sides of their mouth on issues. I would suggest, Mr. Steyer that your keep his political donation money in California and stop trying to buy elections in Florida for your own personal greed under the guise of " alternative energy." The perfect liberal setting; take an issue that logically sells to the people disguise it, use it as a battering ram against your opponents. Then use it for personal gain. Clever, very clever, but this time all your money can't buy the truth!
Patricia Lavins
10:44AM AUG 26TH 2014
The Swampfox is apparently not aware that Tom Steyer's donating to the citizens of Florida to educate them about the dangers of wasting a vote on a climate change denier is indeed a donation to charity.

The issue of climate change denial is not logical. Therefore, all citizens should be grateful that Tom Steyer is using his personal wealth to effect the necessary change. The solution to climate change mandates removal of the deniers from positions of power.
The Swampfox
12:23PM AUG 29TH 2014
Patricia your computer stuttered at least four messages of the same. Climate change occurs and has occurred over the centuries, no big deal. To place the burden on the US is ludicrous and exhibits a self edification of environmentalists agenda's. Prudent conservation is something everyone should take serious, harmonizing growth and conservation is something I feel you detest. Tom Steyer's money was made in coal, you have an administration in DC trying to run the coal business out of business. We have a president that is pre-occupied with climate change while we are threatened by ISIS of an attack on US soil. Do I think climate change is something we all should be concerned with yes, but not to the degree of stopping the economy. Furthermore you have some pretty hefty people touting climate change that are totally hypocrites AL Gore is one hat comes to mind. With Looney's like him in the fray how can anyone when there are bigger fish to fry.
Patricia Lavins
10:43AM AUG 26TH 2014
The Swampfox is apparently not aware that Tom Steyer's donating to the citizens of Florida to educate them about the dangers of wasting a vote on a climate change denier is indeed a donation to charity.

The issue of climate change denial is not logical. Therefore, all citizens should be grateful that Tom Steyer is using his personal wealth to effect the necessary change. The solution to climate change mandates removal of the deniers from positions of power.
Patricia Lavins
10:43AM AUG 26TH 2014
The Swampfox is apparently not aware that Tom Steyer's donating to the citizens of Florida to educate them about the dangers of wasting a vote on a climate change denier is indeed a donation to charity.

The issue of climate change denial is not logical. Therefore, all citizens should be grateful that Tom Steyer is using his personal wealth to effect the necessary change. The solution to climate change mandates removal of the deniers from positions of power.
Patricia Lavins
10:43AM AUG 26TH 2014
The Swampfox is apparently not aware that Tom Steyer's donating to the citizens of Florida to educate them about the dangers of wasting a vote on a climate change denier is indeed a donation to charity.

The issue of climate change denial is not logical. Therefore, all citizens should be grateful that Tom Steyer is using his personal wealth to effect the necessary change. The solution to climate change mandates removal of the deniers from positions of power.

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