NextGen Climate blasts Rick Scott/Duke Energy connection in two new Tampa Bay ads

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NextGen Climate announced two new TV spots for broadcast in the Tampa Bay market starting today.

Each of the 30-second spots contrasts the record of former Gov. Charlie Crist, who stood up to big utilities, and incumbent Gov. Rick Scott, who sides with “chosen few” corporations donating to his campaign.

“Right Hands” highlights how Scott stood by while Duke Energy “gouged” consumers, while receiving $1.2 million in campaign cash at the expense of Florida Families. Charlie Crist has a strong record of fighting for energy consumers.

“Moved In,” also blasts Scott for letting Duke Energy extort Florida ratepayers by charging billions of dollars for power plants never built, while keeping 95 percent of the money. NextGen Climate calls for a full refund of the fees to consumers.

Both ads are part of the $7.1 million spent so far by NextGen Climate in Florida in an effort to unseat Scott, a climate change skeptic. Founded by billionaire Tom Steyer, NextGen Climate Florida now has 21 offices in the state, with more than 500 staffers and volunteers.

“While millions of Floridians are threatened by climate change,” according to NextGen Climate statement, “Gov. Scott continues to deny basic science, and put powerful special interests first.

“Crist’s record demonstrates his commitment to Florida’s working families, while Governor Scott represents the powerful few.”

Right Hands” and “Moved In” are both available on YouTube.

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