Amendment 1 campaign gets $100K from environmental group

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Florida’s proposed constitutional amendment, which seeks to set aside money for land conservation efforts, received $100,000 from the environmental advocacy group Nature Conservancy, according to newly filed finance reports.

The money went to Florida’s Water and Land Legacy, Inc., the organization spearheading efforts to pass Amendment 1 in November.

As of Aug. 8, Water and Land Legacy has received $3,129,426, in addition to $375,000 in loans while spending $3,193,188. A majority of money was used to collect the required number of petition signatures for inclusion on the ballot.

Amendment No. 1 will require the state to set aside a portion of the state’s documentary-stamp tax revenues to acquire conservation lands and fund projects to protect water sources.

Documentary stamp taxes is collected every time real estate is sold.

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