“Though these political contributions are public record, Vero Beach’s local newspapers, the island weekly and the Press Journal, have failed to inform Vero Beach residents of this brazen takeover of City government.”
Apparently Florida Power and Light believes Vero Beach City Council candidates Harry Howle and Val Zudans can be counted on to protect the company’s interests as it takes over Vero Electric. If not, why would the utility giant invest $100,000 with a political action committee, Clean Sweep for a Brighter Tomorrow, to essentially “buy” for Howle and Zudans two seats on the City Council?
This is not the first time outside money has dominated a local election. Last fall, nearly all of the campaign contributions received by Laura Moss and Lange Sykes came from Indian River Shores residents. (Moss and Sykes were introduced last year by Shores Mayor Brian Barefoot as members of what he called “the Shores team.”)
Moss and Sykes were also supported by Clean Sweep, which last year took in $100,000 from FPL. Though these political contributions are public record, Vero Beach’s local newspapers, the island weekly and the Press Journal, have failed to inform Vero Beach residents of this brazen takeover of City government.
This year, in addition to $100,000 raised from FPL, Clean Sweep has received another $19,000, most of from Indian River Shores residents.
Together, wealthy Shores residents and the state’s largest investor owned utility, are now calling the shots in what has become Vero Beach’s broken democracy.
Contributions to Clean Sweep: