Tampa Bay TImes: Special interests flood Florida legislative campaigns with millions as fracking bills move quickly


…the oil and gas companies are on their fourth year of trying to get their bill passed, and they have revised their pitch and juiced their proposal — by doubling their campaign contributions to legislators.

The Barron Collier Companies, for example, which are seeking a permit to use hydraulic fracturing to drill for oil and gas in Naples, have steered $115,000 to lawmakers — up from the $63,500 they spent last session. Other members of the petroleum industry have lubricated lawmakers’ campaigns with another $170,000.”

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