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State legislators form many dirty tricks political committees

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Alliance for a Strong Economy
Cozy with insurance industry

Political Committee created by Sen. Mike Haridolopolos, R-Indialantic, Sen. Mike Bennett, R-Bradenton, Sen. Alex Diaz de la Portilla, R-Miami, Sen. J.D. Alexander, R-Winter Haven and Sen. Pres. Ken Pruitt, R-Port St. Lucie. The committee has received $25,000 from the AMERICAN INSURANCE ASSOCIATION and $8000 from another fund controlled by Sen. Bennett (who has created another political committee, the "Citizens for a Sustainable Economy"). Alexander was a major critic of the Legislature's attempt to lower homeowner insurance premiums.

Happy with your insurance premiums? Then support this committee and its supporters.

Info drawn from Orlando Sentinel Political Pulse report on June 12, 2008

Citizens for a Sustainable Economy

Alleged to have been created by Sen. Mike Bennett, R-Bradenton. Has attacked Frank Mann, R-Fort Myers, who is a candidate for Lee County Commission. Mann has taken a pro-environment stand to protect a density reduction/groundwater resource area, 83,000 acres in southeast Lee County, considering strict regulations on mining in that area. Bennette tried to take away local control from Lee county with a bill that fortunately lost in the last session.

On Aug. 16, 2008, citizens in D-31 began receiving mail pieces attacking Jason Steele, R-Indialantic, candidate for D-31 2008. The piece claims Steele has received contributions from insurance organization and oil companies.
On Aug. 21, 2008, citizens in D-31 received a second hit piece on Steele, essentially questioning his "conservatism," calling him a flip-flopper, and again acusing him of taking money from insurance organizations and oil companies. 
Dirty tricks: "So-called Electioneering Communication Organizations or ECOs duck disclosure laws by collecting money late in campaigns and spending it during the final few weeks. On Friday the state Division of Elections web site listed no financial activity for the group, so there?s no way to track the money. The contributions Mann spoke of were to the committee Bennett said contributed to the ECO. 'That?s a wonderful thing,' Bennette said of the groups." Info drawn from Naples Daily News, Aug. 15, 2008, Mailing attack signals the start of Lee County political wars, by Charlie Whitehead (

Citizens for Housing and Urban Growth
Netted $852,000 from cable, utility companies and big developers over past 3 years

Created by Sen. Mike Bennett, R-Bradenton. Lawmakers use these funds to accept big checks and pay for their cell phones, polling, travel and meals.

Info drawn from Orlando Sentinel Political Pulse report on May 16, 2008

Florida's Fiscal Future

Created by Sen. Mike Haridopolos, R-Indialantic. Has gotten money from U.s. Sugar, Yahoo!, and Miami-Dade lobbyist Ron Book.
Info drawn from Orlando Sentinel Political Pulse report 
Citizens for Political Accountability
Created by Sen. Mike Haridopolos, R-Indialantic.

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