No Tax for Tracks joined Senator Jack Latvala in calling for a ban on political contributions from government created power monopolies. The Duke Energy connection was discussed here recently as Greenlight Crony #3. Here is there press release.
For immediate release
October 2, 2014.
Greenlight Pinellas Challenged to Return Duke Energy’s $50,000 Political Donation.
Joins Senator Jack Latvala in Calling for End of Political Contributions by Public Utilities
St. Petersburg Florida – No Tax for Tracks, the grassroots group working to stop the highest sales tax in the state for Greenlight Pinellas, has called a political contribution by Duke Energy to be returned. The Yes for Greenlight Campaign has received $50,000 from Duke Energy to support its political campaign, adding to the over $750,000 it has received from large corporations. The call came during the same week that Senator Jack Latvala called for legislation to ban political contributions from utility companies, as reported by the Tampa Bay Times on October 1. No Tax for Tracks Leader Barbara Haselden offered: “We agree that Duke Energy, an electricity monopoly created by the government, should not be allowed to make political contributions on referenda and to benefit candidates. We join Senator Jack Latvala in making that call and believe the “Yes for Greenlight” campaign should set the example by returning the $50,000 contribution they received from Duke Energy”.
Greenlight Pinellas would create a 24 mile long train only between downtown St. Petersburg and Downtown Clearwater. It would be powered by overhead electric lines and the electricity would be provided by Duke Energy which would stand to make tens of millions off the tax-payer funded train. Mrs. Haselden stated: “Duke Energy would make tens of millions of the taxpayers from the Greenlight Pinellas electric train which certainly explains why it gave $50,000 to help pass the highest sales tax in the state for Pinellas citizens.” The call comes in the week after Senator Latvala himself provided an endorsement of the $2.4 billion rail plan for a train that would cross 41 intersections, routinely blocking traffic at intersections every 15 minutes. Haselden concluded: “Greenlight Pinellas creates a $2.4 billion crony slush fund for a train few will ride. Citizens now that local government can expand the bus system within their current budget, and don’t want to pay the highest sales tax in the train so companies like Duke Energy can get richer off their tax dollars.”
Contact No Tax for Tracks at 727-374-7883