Tampa Bay Times: Written by By Steve Contorno. June 22, 2018.
An organization largely unknown in Florida politics is airing what appears to be the first negative ad against Republican gubernatorial candidate Adam Putnam.
The ad from a group called the Tenth Amendment Project focuses on the Lake Okeechobee crisis of 2016, when toxic algae blooms threatened the health of the state's largest freshwater body and surrounding ecosystems.
It lays that environmental disaster at the feet of the sugar industry, one of Putnam's largest campaign donors. The ad claims that Putnam as the state's agriculture commissioner, "let them pollute the Everglades and ruin our beaches and drinking water."