NextGen Climate sinks another $3 million into defeating Rick Scott

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In the campaign to defeat Gov. Rick Scott, NextGen Climate sunk another $3 million into its Florida operation, according to finance reports with the state Division of Elections.

Founded by California hedge-fund billionaire Tom Steyer, NextGen Climate directs cash to several targeted races nationwide, with the goal of defeating politicians who reject humanity’s role in climate change.

Scott has previously said he was unconvinced that climate change was because of human activity and when asked about ways to address the issue, famously said he was “not a scientist.”

Steyer has now given a total of $14.75 million to its Florida organization, which has already spent about $10.4 million, mostly for advertising.

NextGen Climate Florida also received $210,000 in donations from other individuals.

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