On the Snout: Florida bought and paid for.
“If you smell something. say something.”
I’ve written extensively about the Pacific Legal Foundation.
A group that is intent on destroying our bears, panthers, manatees and every piece of green we have in our state. It’s also quite obvious that RIck is ruled by the Koch brothers because his agenda is their agenda. Not ours.
Last year we saw an incredible dysfunctional Florida legislature and the will of the people even for little things was just totally ignored. Like we didn’t exist.
They really don’t care. Not Rick Scott nor the people who represent you.
“AFP is extremely disappointed in leaders in Florida suggesting that the Sunshine State should create a health insurance exchange” said Slade O’Brien, AFP’s Florida State Director. “An exchange will increase insurance premiums on consumers and taxes on hardworking families. Florida’s best intentions will be masked by the federal government’s onerous requirements.”
“Americans for Prosperity, the free-market advocacy group financed by the billionaire industrialists Charles and David Koch, is going on the attack.
The group sent mail ads Monday to the districts of Senate President Andy Gardiner, R-Orlando, and 24 other senators over their support for a plan to expand Medicaid under the Affordable Care Act, or Obamacare.
“The Florida Senate continues to move forward on a plan to give good people bad coverage,” the mailer states.
It also encourages residents to call senator’s district offices. Click here to view the mailer.
AFP sent the mailers to the districts of senators who voted for the Medicaid expansion plan in committee. Gardiner, who is vice president of external affairs at Orlando Health, doesn’t sit on any committee as Senate President, but pushed expansion from the onset of the legislative session.”
“Gov. Rick Scott is getting help from Americans for Prosperity, which has begun phone banking and canvassing across Florida.”
“The heated race for governor in the Sunshine State is just around the corner, and after throwing his tantrum on national television, Rick Scott needs something of a miracle to win reelection. Luckily for Scott, he’s got the support of the billionaire Koch brothers and their extensive political network: Koch Industries has made large contributions to Scott’s campaign, and the Kochs’ primary political arm, Americans For Prosperity, has put more than 40 paid staffers on the ground in the Sunshine State.
Scott’s ties to the Koch brothers go back a ways. In 2013, Scott spoke at Americans For Prosperity’s “Defending the American Dream Summit” in Orlando the very same week that he skipped his own three-day education summit, a stark juxtaposition of priorities that drew this rebuke from Tampa Bay Times:
“Unless he’s worried about his base or the lingering threat of a primary challenge, it baffles us that Scott – who couldn’t find time to attend any of a three-day education summit he called himself – would find the time to speak at the AFP “Defending the American Dream Summit”… Maybe he hopes the Koch brothers, who founded AFP, will show some love to Scott’s Let’s Get to Work Committee.”
“This year, AFP’s annual summit was hosted in Texas, and Scott’s fellow Republican governor and friend Rick Perry joked about razzing him because the Texas summit was better attended than Scott’s Orlando event. Perry recalled, “Rick Scott always tries to one-up me, so you know, he was the first to call me and say ‘Hey, we got Americans for Prosperity, what’d you get?’”
Of course Scott called Perry to brag about his support from the Koch brothers. And of course the Koch brothers support Rick Scott, they share the same agenda – opposition to raising the minimum wage, denying the science of climate change, refusing to expand Medicaid. It’s a match made in heaven.
When Floridians go to the polls on Tuesday, they should bear this in mind. Rick Scott is the special interests governor. The Koch brothers are just one of his many interests.”
It seems not only that they bought Rick Scott but apparently out entire legislature is for sale also.
“A new report from two left leaning organizations, Progress Florida and the Center for Media and Democracy, highlights how right-wing think tanks tied to The American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC) and the Koch brothers have been influencing Florida policy.
Reporting around the state — and from groups like Progress Florida — has shown ALEC’s influence in Florida. In 2010, the Florida Legislature gained a majority of mostly very conservative Republican members. Since then, many pieces of model legislation backed and promoted by ALEC have made their way through the Legislature.
But according to this report, it’s not just ALEC and its many members in the Florida Legislature that are influencing state politics—it’s also state-level think tanks connected to ALEC.
According to Progress Florida, the new report details how the ALEC “uses supposedly ‘independent’ front groups to advocate for public policies designed to benefit ALEC’s corporate funders which compliant lawmakers then push into law.”
“TALLAHASSEE — A tea party organization founded by the billionaire Koch brothers has launched a vigorous attack on Florida’s corporate income tax, enlisting two dozen Republican legislative candidates who vow to abolish the $2.1 billion levy.
If elected in November, the anti-tax advocates could form a potent bloc in the legislature demanding faster action on erasing the tax, which supplies critical cash to a still-fragile state budget.
But for Florida’s Republicans in charge, any rising clamor for deep tax-cutting is politically complicated.”
Like the issue with our water district and cutting taxes. It doesn’t make any difference to us but to big corporations it’s a lot of money.
(Apparently not so complicated)
I’m sure they are behind the stealing of our Amendment 1 money.
We read the news everyday and we all say WTF? Well this is it folks. Florida bought and paid for.