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More on the shadowy money in Miami's Democratic Senate primary


The Sun-Sentinel's Dan Sweeney built Wednesday on our story Tuesday about mysterious money doings in the state Senate District 40 Democratic primary.

Sweeney writes about a $35,000 contribution to Floridians for Accountability, a political committee run by Broward consultant Amy Rose that has been attacking Annette Taddeo, who's running against Ana Rivas Logan:

The money came from another committee called the Florida Alliance for Better Government, a new committee that received its first $50,000 in June and has thus far only given $35,000 to Rose's committee. Florida Alliance for a Better Government is controlled by Screven Watson, who was executive director of the Democratic Party at the turn of the century and is now a lobbyist in Tallahassee, where his clients include U.S. Sugar and some related subsidiaries, Florida Power and Light, the firefighters union and many more. 

Last I saw him, he was appearing before the Sun Sentinel's editorial board back before the 2016 election as part of a group pushing the utility-industry-backed solar-energy amendment that went down to defeat.

The $50,000 to his committee came from Floridian's United for our Children's Future (the apostrophe is part of the title, and makes searching for the committee a little difficult. (Type "Floridians" in the search bar at the Division of Elections website, and the committee doesn't come up). And Floridian's for our Children's Future has raised more than $2 million over the years, mostly from U.S. Sugar and Florida Power and Light -- Watson's clients in Tallahassee.

More here in Sweeney's daily Power Lunch newsletter.