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American Conservative Union chief Al Cardenas opposes Obama's stimulus -- but lobbies for its cash

AP: TALLAHASSEE, Fla. -- The head of a prominent national conservative group is lobbying on behalf of a company seeking to win a Florida contract backed by federal stimulus money.

Al Cardenas is chairman of the American Conservative Union and opposed the $787 billion stimulus package.

But Cardenas and his firm represent a vendor pushing a legislative proposal to transfer control of a stimulus-funded project from one Florida agency to another. State records show the firm was paid at least $40,000 last year.

The bill (HB 945) passed the Legislature on Friday and is headed to the desk of Gov. Rick Scott.

The legislation comes after the Department of Management Services decided it would not renew a contract with Connected Nation to map broadband services in the state.

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