As the most reliable and balanced news aggregation service on the internet, DML News offers the following opinion editorial written by Kevin Mooney, and published by WASHINGTONEXAMINER.COM:
Florida residents who have been burned by green-energy schemes have good reason to be concerned about certain campaign contributions now in circulation from outside of state.
That’s because a good portion of that money is attached to left-leaning, billionaire hedge fund managers who advance environmental initiatives that often result in higher energy costs.
The article goes on to state the following:
Florida’s gubernatorial election is now in full swing with both major parties involved in competitive primary elections scheduled for August 28. Gov. Rick Scott, the Republican incumbent, is term-limited, and the general election is widely viewed as being wide open. The same is largely true in the primaries. But if money is any indication, Andrew Gillum, the mayor of Tallahassee, could break out on the Democratic side.
Florida campaign finance records show that Gillum has attracted support of what could be called the three big S’s: Steyer, Soros, and Simons.
Florida residents who have firsthand experience with the controversy surrounding Property Assessed Clean Energy financing, otherwise known as PACE loans, might want to ask Gillum what kind of return his benefactors expect on their investment.
There’s been some excellent reporting on PACE loans by Ron Hurtibise of the Florida Sun-Sentinel that’s worth reviewing. On the surface, the program sounds perfectly benign. The idea is for homeowners who cannot afford the upfront costs of home improvements to receive loans from green energy companies to cover the installation of solar energy systems and other components designed to alleviate the effects of climate change.
In his opinion editorial, Mooney outlines hefty donations that have been laid out in an effort to put Andrew Gillum in office, and what they may have to gain from it.
- $24,000 – From Elizabeth Simons, sister of Nat Simons, co-founder of Prelude Ventures, a venture capital firm.
- $750,000 – Total contributed from liberal billionaire George Soros, and his son, Alex Soros.
- $1 million – California billionaire hedge fund manager Tom Steyer.
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Kevin Mooney (@KevinMooneyDC) is a contributor to the Washington Examiner’s Beltway Confidential blog. He is an investigative reporter in Washington, D.C., who writes for several national publications.