New NextGen ad calls out Rick Scott for accepting contributions from Duke Energy

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Gov. Rick Scott scrambled to hide thousands in campaign contributions received from Duke Energy, while failing to protect Floridians from paying for Duke’s disastrous energy projects, according to a new digital ad from NextGen Climate.

On Monday, NextGen Climate Florida, the local arm of the environmental PAC founded by billionaire liberal Tom Steyer, released “Hiding,” a new television ad called which blasts the Republican incumbent for making false claims about campaign contributions received by the energy giant.

At the same time, the 30-second spot accuses Scott’s administration of allowing Duke Energy to continue the controversial practice of collecting money from consumers for two nuclear power plant projects, resulting in $3.2 billion in higher electric rates.

“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 ad’s narrator says.

For his part, NextGen Climate asserts that Scott received half a million dollars in campaign contributions from Duke.

“Rick Scott, for the powerful few, not you,” the spot concludes.

Steyer, a former hedge fund executive, is using part of his $1.6 billion net worth to form NextGen Climate Action Super PAC, which concentrates on candidates he sees as bad for the environment.

As of Aug. 21, NextGen Climate Action Committee Florida raised $1.86 million.

In addition to Scott, NextGen PACs will also focus on Senate races with Democratic-held seats with serious Republican challenges, as in Colorado, Iowa, Michigan and New Hampshire as well as governor’s races in Maine and Pennsylvania.

Peter Schorsch is the President of Extensive Enterprises and is the publisher of some of Florida’s most influential new media websites, including SaintPetersBlog.com, FloridaPolitics.com, ContextFlorida.com, and Sunburn, the morning read of what’s hot in Florida politics. SaintPetersBlog has for three years running been ranked by the Washington Post as the best state-based blog in Florida. In addition to his publishing efforts, Peter is a political consultant to several of the state’s largest governmental affairs and public relations firms. Peter lives in St. Petersburg with his wife, Michelle, and their daughter, Ella.