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Consumers for Smart Solar spends another $4.3 million

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Supporters of Florida’s solar power amendment spent big money last week, hoping to make one last push to convince voters to vote “yes” on Amendment 1. State records show Consumers for Smart Solar spent $4.3 million between Oct. 22 and Nov. 3. That brings overall spending to more than $25.4 million. Consumers for Smart Solar spent more than $3.6 million on advertising between Oct. 22 and Nov. 3. The group spent another $526,508 on “consulting and advertising,” and $91,520 on…

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Tampa Bay Times’ mind-boggling figures in ‘rooftop solar fight’ don’t add up

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Consider the eye-grabbing Tampa Bay Times’ front-page headline Wednesday: $43M spent to limit solar. Beyond the silliness of assuming that every dollar utilities donated this cycle is part of a plot to fight rooftop solar — as if there is nothing else they care about — the story is screwed up six ways to Sunday. If a politician were to use these numbers, PolitiFact would rate them somewhere in the range of Mostly False to Pants on Fire. Let’s start from the top: “Lost…

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Solar Amendment 1 committee takes in another $3.5M, now at $25M raised

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The committee backing Amendment 1 took in $3.5 million in contributions last week, including another $3 million from utility companies. Consumers for Smart Solar received $2 million from Florida Power & Light, $1 million from Duke Energy, and $250,000 each from conservative retirement group the 60 Plus Association and from a group called “Let’s Preserve the American Dream.” Consumers has now raised more than $25 million this cycle, with more than $20 million of that money coming from the state’s…

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Solar amendment backers raise another $560K, now at over $22M

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The committee backing Amendment 1 took in another $560,000 between Oct. 7 and Oct. 14, all of it from Florida Power & Light. Consumers for Smart Solar has now raised more than $22 million this cycle and had about $1.5 million of that money on hand Oct. 14. FPL has donated about $6.1 million of Consumers’ total fundraising, with another $5.7 million coming from Duke Energy, $3 million from Tampa Electric, and $2.2 million from Gulf Power Company. The utility-backed…

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Central Florida, Jacksonville, Pinellas urban leagues back solar power amendment

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The solar power amendment scored the backing of three more organizations. Consumers for Smart Solar announced Wednesday the Central Florida Urban League, the Jacksonville Urban League, and the Pinellas County Urban League were endorsing the 2016 solar power initiative. In a joint statement released by the campaign, the three organizations said they believe the amendment “provides an effective hammer for breaking down these barriers while providing regulators with the tools to protect low-income consumers who still rely entirely on the…

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Consumers for Smart Solar raises $300K during first week of October

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Add another $300,000 to Consumers for Smart Solar’s coffers. State records show Consumers for Smart Solar, the group backing the solar power amendment, raised $300,000 between Oct. 1 and Oct. 7. Records show the committee received two contributions for $150,000 each from the Partnership for Affordable Clean Energy and the Florida Faith and Freedom Coalition. The Partnership for Affordable Clean Energy is a Montgomery, Alabama-based coalition of “working people, business owners, environmentalists, and trade organizations who are fighting for fair, responsible energy…

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Electrical Workers Union latest group saying ‘yes’ to Florida solar Amendment 1

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Electrical workers have joined Florida firefighters in supporting the constitutional amendment to expand solar energy in the Sunshine State. On Thursday, the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW) announced its endorsement of the Consumers for Smart Solar, the coalition of business, civic and faith leaders behind Florida Constitutional Amendment 1 on the Nov. 8 ballot. IBEW represents approximately 725,000 members working in a wide variety of fields, including construction, utilities, manufacturing, telecommunications, broadcasting, railroads and government. As the leading reason…

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