NextGen Climate releases new ad attacking Rick Scott/Duke Energy connection

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NextGen Climate released a new TV spot in the Tampa Bay market, blasting Gov. Rick Scott for allowing Duke Energy to “gouge” Tampa Bay consumers, while taking in more than $1.2 million in campaign contributions.

“And Counting” is latest ad that is part of the $7.1 million NextGen Climate as spent so far in Florida to unseat the incumbent Republican. The environmental political committee, founded by billionaire hedge-fund manager Tom Steyer, focuses on taking down climate change skeptics like Scott, and now has 21 Florida offices with more than 500 staffers and volunteers.

The 30-second spot follows up on charges leveled at Scott in “Pay the Price,” an earlier NextGen Climate ad, which also highlighted how Scott accepted Duke’s dirty campaign money, while also allowing the utility to take advantage of Tampa Bay ratepayers.

In a statement issued Tuesday,  NextGen Climate representatives point out that while millions of Floridians are threatened by climate change, Scott “continues to deny basic science, and put powerful special interests first.”

“It’s time for Floridians to pull the plug on Rick Scott’s shady deals,” the ad says.

“And Counting” is also available on YouTube.

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