A new, well-funded voter mobilization group is gearing up across Florida to help elect Democrats up and down the ballot. For Florida's Future, a joint super PAC and 501(c)4 organization, aims to highlight and hold accountable candidates for their words and records on specific issues including climate change, student debt, and retirement security.
The group is affiliated with the national For Our Future PAC led by billionaire environmental activist Tom Steyer and several prominent labor unions. It aims to raise and spend $50-million in the top battlegrounds of Florida, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Nevada and Wisconsin.
“This election season has proven that nothing can be taken for granted, so our work is focused on empowering and expanding the efforts of existing organizations and coalitions to ensure that the Trump/Rubio ticket and their friends are held accountable for what they have said and done," said Ashley Walker, a top Democratic consultant in Florida, leading the Sunshine State effort. "By calling out where Trump, Rubio and their allies stand on the issues, we can build an organization that will not just be united in November, but will continue working in 2017 and beyond.”
The group is targeting races from the president to the state House and possibly local offices and is revving up just as many Republicans are fretting about Donald Trump potentially being vastly outspent by Hillary Clinton. He started the month off with just $1.3-million on hand, compared to $42-million for Clinton.
The effort is being put together by Steyer's NextGen Climate; the American Federation of State; County and Municipal Employees; the American Federation of Teachers; and the National Education Association.
--ADAM C. SMITH, Tampa Bay Times