POLITICO: Shadowy group enlists former congressman, state reps to battle Negron reservoir plan

Politico: January 23, 2017. Written by Bruce Ritchie.

TALLAHASSEE — A former congressman representing a shadowy group that is opposing Senate President Joe Negron's proposal for a $2.4-billion Everglades water storage project says the group is continuing to enlist state House members in support.

At a press conference Monday in the state Capitol, former U. S. Rep. Steve Southerland said he was meeting with legislators on behalf of Stand Up North Florida, a limited liability corporation created in September that won't reveal its donors. Some environmentalists have claimed the group is a front for the sugar industry though industry representatives denied funding it.

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