Who Opposed Amendment 1?

The following organizations, associations, businesses, Floridian Icons, elected officials, candidates for office and 27 newspaper editorial boards all urged Florida voters to vote NO on Amendment 1:

Organizations, Associations, & Businesses

  • AFL-CIO
  • American Institute of Architects, Florida
  • Audubon of the Western Everglades
  • Audubon Society of the Everglades
  • AWAKE Palm Beach County
  • Caloosahatchee River Citizens Association
  • Christian Coalition of America & Christian Coalition of Florida
  • Clean Water Action
  • CLEO Institute
  • Climate Action Coalition of South Florida
  • Climate Reality Project
  • Collier Citizens for Sustainability
  • Conservancy of Southwest Florida
  • Conservatives for Energy Freedom
  • Conservatives for Responsible Stewardship
  • Consumers Union, Policy and Action from Consumer Reports
  • Coral Gables Congregational United Church of Christ
  • Democracy For America Palm Beach County
  • Earthjustice – Tallahassee
  • Energy Freedom Coalition
  • Engage Miami
  • Environment Florida
  • Everglades Coalition
  • First GREEN Bank
  • Florida Alliance for Retired Americans
  • Florida Conservation Voters
  • Florida Education Association
  • Florida Green Chamber of Commerce
  • Florida Wildlife Federation
  • Floridians for Solar Choice
  • Food & Water Action Fund
  • Greenpeace
  • Hands Across the Sand
  • Ivan Solbach Company
  • League of Women Voters of Florida
  • League of Women Voters of Palm Beach County
  • Liberty First PAC
  • Life Vision Church & Bishop Carroll Johnson
  • Lunar Investments LLC.
  • Olive The World Bistro
  • Orange Audubon Society
  • Orange County Classroom Teachers Association
  • Our Revolution
  • Our Santa Fe River
  • Physicians for Social Responsibility
  • Progress Florida
  • ReThink Energy Florida
  • Satchel’s Pizza
  • Sierra Club
  • South Florida Audubon Society
  • Southern Alliance for Clean Energy
  • Space Coast Climate Change Initiative
  • Spacecoast Architects PA
  • Sunshine State Interfaith Power and Light
  • Sustainable Tallahassee
  • Sustany Foundation
  • Transition Sarasota
  • U.S. Green Building Council Florida
  • U.S. Green Chamber of Commerce
  • Unitarian Universalist Church of Sarasota, Climate Justice Task Force
  • Unitarian Universalist Justice Florida
  • Urban Paradise Guild
  • Winter Park Garden Club
  • Xtreme Juice Smoothies Tampa
  • Ybor City Stogie

Solar Industry

  • A National Electric Services
  • A1A Solar
  • Abundant Energy Inc.
  • All Solar Solutions
  • The Alliance for Solar Choice
  • American Solar Energy Society
  • American Solar Energy Systems, Inc.
  • Apollo Construction & Engineering Services, Inc.
  • Aquatherm Solar Supply
  • BBC Solar
  • Bison Roofing and Solar
  • Caribbean Electric
  • Coast to Coast Solar
  • Cutler Bay Solar Solutions
  • Elite Solar Services
  • ESA Renewables LLC
  • FL Green Team
  • Florida Alliance for Renewable Energy
  • Florida Renewable Energy Association
  • Florida Solar Energy Industries Association (FLASEIA)
  • Florida Solar Design Group
  • Green Corridor Property Assessment Clean Energy District
  • Green Dwellings, LLC
  • Harriman’s Solar
  • Independent Green Technologies
  • JCG Investments, LLC
  • MagneGas
  • May Electric Solar
  • Mirasol FAFCO Solar, Inc.
  • Nitebloom Energy
  • Power Production Management, Inc.
  • Pure Energy Solar
  • Solar Advantage
  • Solar City
  • Solar Direct
  • Solar Education Association of the Florida Keys
  • Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA)
  • Solar Energy Management
  • Solar Habitats, LLC
  • Solar Impact
  • Solar Investments Inc.
  • Solar Kings, Inc.
  • Solar Ray
  • Solar Source
  • Solar Trek
  • Solar-Fit
  • Sun Commercial Solar
  • SunConnect
  • Superior Solar
  • Tampa Energy Solutions
  • TEVAenergy
  • UMA Solar
  • Urban Solar
  • Vinyasun
  • Vote Solar
  • Wave Energy
  • Women 4 Solar, LLC

Florida Icons

Political

  • Alachua County Democratic Party
  • Broward Democratic Party
  • Capital Young Republicans
  • Davie Democratic Club
  • Democratic Environmental Caucus of Florida
  • Democratic Progressive Caucus
  • Democratic Women’s Club of Florida
  • Democratic Women’s Club of West Broward
  • Ecology Party
  • Greater Fort Lauderdale Democratic Club
  • Green Party of Florida
  • Highlands Beach Democratic Club
  • Hillsborough County Democratic Party
  • Manatee County Democratic Party
  • Miami Dade Democratic Party
  • Leon County Democratic Executive Committee
  • Libertarian Party of Florida
  • Libertarian Party of Miami Dade
  • Libertarian Party of Palm Beach County
  • Orange County Democratic Party
  • Palm Beach Democratic Party
  • Pinellas County Democratic Executive Committee
  • Republican Liberty Caucus of Florida
  • Republican Party of Hendry County
  • Seminole County Democratic Party
  • Stonewall Democrats of Pinellas County
  • The Tea Party Network
  • Villages Democratic Club
  • Volusia Democratic Party
  • Weston Republican Club

Local Governments, Elected Officials, and Candidates

  • Former Vice President Al Gore
  • Congresswoman Lois Frankel (D – West Palm Beach)
  • Congresswoman Kathy Castor (D – Tampa)
  • Congressman Alcee Hastings (D – Delray Beach)
  • Former Governor Charlie Crist
  • Former Florida Chief Financial Officer Alex Sink
  • Senator Dwight Bullard (D – Cutler Bay)
  • Senator Jack Latvala (R – Clearwater)
  • Senator Darren Soto (D – Kissimmee)
  • Senator Anitere Flores (R – Miami)
  • Debbie Mucarsel-Powell, Candidate for State Senate, District 39
  • Representative Victor M. “Vic” Torres (D – Orlando)
  • Bob Buesing, Candidate for State Senate, District 18
  • Representative Jose Javier Rodriguez (D – Miami)
  • Representative Lori Berman (D – Boynton Beach)
  • Steve Edmonds, Candidate for State House, District 28
  • Adam Morley, Candidate for State House, District 24
  • John W. Scott, Candidate for State House, District 79
  • Broward County Board of County Commissioners
  • Wakulla County Board of County Commissioners
  • Monroe County Board of County Commissioners
  • Miami-Dade County Mayor Carlos Gimenez
  • Miami-Dade County Commissioner Xavier Suarez
  • Miami-Dade County Commissioner Daniella Levine Cava
  • Broward County Commissioner Beam Furr
  • Pinellas County Commissioner Ken Welch
  • Leon County Commissioner Kristin Dozier
  • Palm Beach County Commissioner Paulette Burdick
  • Pasco County Tax Collector Mike Fasano
  • Raquel Regalado, Miami-Dade County Public School Board Member, and candidate for County Mayor
  • City of Miami
  • City of South Miami
  • Village of Palmetto Bay
  • City of Cutler Bay
  • City of Marathon
  • Miami Mayor Tomás Regalado
  • St. Petersburg Mayor Rick Kriseman
  • Tallahassee Mayor Andrew Gillum
  • Pinecrest Mayor Cindy Lerner
  • South Miami Mayor Philip Stoddard
  • Miami City Commissioner Francis Suarez
  • Miami City Commissioner Ken Russell
  • Coral Gables Commissioner Vince Lago
  • St. Petersburg City Councilmember Darden Rice
  • St. Petersburg City Councilmember Karl Nurse
  • St. Petersburg City Councilmember Lisa Wheeler-Brown
  • St. Petersburg City Councilmember Guido Maniscalco
  • Seminole Soil & Water Conservation District
  • Orange Soil & Water Conservation District
  • Judith Benson, Chair, Seminole Soil & Water Conservation District
  • Donald Menzel, Vice Chairman, Seminole Soil & Water Conservation District
  • Ed Young, Seminole Soil & Water Conservation District Supervisor
  • Marc Tancer, Palm Beach Soil & Water Conservation District Supervisor
  • Maria Bolton-Joubert, Candidate for Orange County Soil & Water Conservation District
  • David Mahnken, Seminole Soil & Water Conservation District Supervisor Candidate

Media Outlets

  • Bradenton Herald – “Should there be truth in advertising on this, an accurate campaign title would be: Utilities for a Stronger Monopoly on Power […] The Bradenton Herald Editorial Board recommends a no vote on Amendment 1.”
  • Bradenton Herald (second editorial) – “Don’t fall for the utility fiction that the measure promotes.”
  • Creative Loafing Tampa – “The major power utilities — Duke Energy, FP&L — are behind this one, even if they do smack a big ol’ sunshine sticker on it. Do not believe their glossy ad campaign, funded more than $20 million by supporters of nonrenewable energy. What it really does? Impedes the spread of solar use that’s not tied to a big power company.”
  • Florida Courier – “Many Floridians dream of placing solar panels on their roofs, generating enough free energy to power their homes, and selling the excess power to Florida Power & Light, Duke Energy, or even their neighbor. If you vote for Amendment 1, you’re voting AGAINST the possibility of selling your excess power, not FOR it. We strongly urge you to vote AGAINST Amendment 1.”
  • Florida Times-Union – “all of this controversy is a perfect reason to to oppose the amendment. The Legislature is the place to sort out all of the arguments, not dueling Constitutional amendments.”
  • Florida Times-Union (second editorial) – “The Florida Supreme Court only approved the clarity of the amendment’s wording by a 4-3 vote. We recommend a no vote on Amendment 1.”
  • Florida Today – “It’s bad policy for Florida. And it was written to trick voters into making that bad policy permanent by adding it to Florida’s Constitution. […] It’s bad for consumers, bad for entrepreneurship, bad for clean-energy development and ultimately a detriment to the environment.”
  • Folio Weekly – “Don’t be fooled. It’s bad policy designed to line the already-overflowing pockets of Big Energy […] Vote ‘no’ on Amendment 1.”
  • Gainesville Sun – “Florida’s utilities are taking advantage of public support for solar by pushing a deceptive amendment to protect their energy monopolies.”
  • Gainesville Sun (second editorial) – “If there was any doubt that Amendment 1 is an anti-solar measure designed to appear as the opposite in order to deceive voters, a recording released this week makes it clear. Don’t be fooled — vote against Amendment 1 on the Nov. 8 ballot”
  • Jacksonville Business Journal – “However – and it’s a large however – the amendment would harm the burgeoning solar industry: giving control of solar to entrenched utilities now risks the possibility of solar never getting off the ground in the Sunshine States, and that’s not a risk that’s worth taking.”
  • The Ledger – “If voters want to support a true free market for energy consumption in this state and help consumers in the process, they should reject Amendment 1.”
  • The Ledger (second editorial) – “At its heart, this ballot measure is a well disguised attempt by private power utilities to fend off the competition from solar providers. Voters should reject this amendment if they care about expanding the solar industry and reducing energy prices through greater competition.”
  • Lehigh Acres Citizen – “No. 1, an alleged “solar energy” initiative, is greatly misleading […] My, oh my, if there ever was a descriptive misnomer, the so-called “Rights of electricity consumers regarding solar energy choice” amendment title and ballot summary wins the prize […]Do not be fooled by this ballot initiative: it is NOT pro-solar. Vote NO on Amendment No. 1.”
  • Miami Community Newspapers – “Ask yourself, why would the utilities spend big bucks to pass an amendment to protect consumers? They wouldn’t. Why would big power companies spend tens of millions to open the solar market to more homes and businesses? They wouldn’t. Utilities do not want customers to own solar because then you wouldn’t buy as much power from them. It’s that simple.”
  • Miami Community Newspapers (second editorial) – “No matter how you vote in the Presidential election or other races on the ballot, send a message to the power companies on November 8th. It’s rare that citizens can impact something this important. Let’s not squander the opportunity.
    Whether you vote by mail, early or on Election Day, tell the utilities to take a hike. Vote “No” on Amendment 1. “
  • Miami Herald – “This amendment proposed by the Consumers for Smart Solar sounds like it has consumers’ best interest in mind, but the opposite is true. This is a utility-backed amendment that seeks to shut down consumers’ free-market choices.”
  • Naples Daily News – “Amendment 1, however, isn’t the answer. Vote ‘no.'”
  • The News Press – “…this amendment seems to benefit the utilities more than the consumers. It creates even more of a monopoly, keeping entities other than large utilities from leasing solar panels to homes and businesses and selling the excess energy on the grid.”
  • Northwest Florida Daily News – “Amendment 1 grants no additional rights to everyday Floridians. If voters want to support a true free market for energy consumption in this state and help consumers in the process, they should reject Amendment 1, which merely keeps people under the thumb of big utilities.”
  • Ocala Star Banner – “Proponents of the amendment want to undermine a state law that requires them to keep customers with solar systems hooked into the electric grid, and requires them to buy back any unused solar power. That law is sensible. The amendment, which could result in onerous government regulation of solar power in the utilities’ favor, is not. We recommend voting NO, against Amendment 1.”
  • Ocala Star Banner (second editorial) – “In short, the backers of Amendment 1 set out from the beginning to hoodwink Florida voters by selling their measure as a pro-solar law when, in fact, it would actually inhibit solar expansion by penalizing solar consumers.”
  • Orlando Sentinel – “Cementing current policies into the Florida Constitution would be especially ill-advised in an area evolving as quickly as solar energy […] Vote no.”
  • Orlando Sentinel (second editorial) – “Amendment 1 would stack the deck in Florida against solar power, an area where the state already lags badly despite our abundant sunshine. That’s an unacceptable prospect. We reiterate, and reinforce, our earlier recommendation. Vote no on Amendment 1.”
  • Palm Beach Post – “Amendment 1 is a con. And you, the voter, are the intended mark. Titled, “Rights of Electricity Consumers Regarding Solar Energy,” it looks for all the world like a measure to help spread solar energy across Florida. But in reality, it’s a ploy by the large utility companies to protect their dominance of the energy market. If you want to speed the day when you can put an affordable solar panel on your roof, reject this cynical ballot measure. Vote no on Amendment 1.”
  • Palm Beach Post (second editorial) – “The opponents of this measure — and we side with them — don’t have anything like this kind of money to fight back with. All they have is the hope that you will see through the jiu-jitsu of this deceptive amendment. And vote No.”
  • Panama City News Herald – “Amendment 1 grants no additional rights to everyday Floridians. If voters want to support a true free market for energy consumption in this state and help consumers in the process, they should reject Amendment 1, which merely keeps people under the thumb of big utilities.”
  • Pensacola News Journal – “Citizens will gain nothing from it. No protections. No rights. And no more solar. For that reason, we recommend that you vote “no” on this shady sham of a constitutional amendment.”
  • Pensacola News Journal (second editorial) – “As we’ve said before, the proposed amendment promises to grant you “rights” and “protections” that you already have. It’s absurd that it ever made it on the ballot in the first place. Put the lights out on this ratepayer-funded sham. Vote “No” on 1.”
  • Sanibel-Captiva Islander – “No. 1, an alleged “solar energy” initiative, is greatly misleading […] My, oh my, if there ever was a descriptive misnomer, the so-called “Rights of electricity consumers regarding solar energy choice” amendment title and ballot summary wins the prize […]Do not be fooled by this ballot initiative: it is NOT pro-solar. Vote NO on Amendment No. 1.”
  • Sarasota Herald Tribune – “Amendment 1 barely met the threshold for placement on Florida’s general election ballot. That alone should make voters highly skeptical of the initiative. The only “choice” for Floridians to make in this statewide referendum is between voting for or opposing an unnecessary, misleading initiative. We recommend voting NO, against Amendment 1″
  • Sarasota Herald-Tribune (second editorial) – “This initiative is funded by the utility industry. The proposal is “masquerading as a pro-solar energy initiative.” The amendment, which could result in onerous government regulation of solar power in the utilities’ favor, is not. We recommend voting NO, against Amendment 1.”
  • Sun Sentinel -“Florida’s so-called Smart Solar amendment is “smart” only for the utility companies that have poured more than $20 million into this attempt to guarantee that they can keep their monopoly on consumer energy. The amendment is meant to confuse Floridians, and the state’s Supreme Court never should have let it get on the ballot. We strongly urge voters to say “No” to Amendment 1.”
  • Sun Sentinel (second editorial) -“If you haven’t followed this high-stakes scam closely, you might think Amendment 1 will make solar energy more viable in the Sunshine State. But one of the amendment’s strongest supporters was recently caught on tape bragging about the fast one being pulled on voters. We’ve said it before and we’re saying it again: Don’t be fooled. Vote “NO” on Amendment 1..”
  • Tallahassee Democrat – “Amendment 1 won’t give you any rights you don’t already have. It won’t give you any consumer protections you don’t already have. All it will do is guarantee the profits for the shareholders of the big utility companies. We recommend you vote no on Amendment 1.”
  • Tampa Bay Times – “Amendment 1 is a solar scam […] Don’t fall for this deception, which never should have been allowed on the ballot.”
  • Tampa Bay Times (second editorial) – “Few efforts to change the Florida Constitution have been as deceitful as Amendment 1, the solar power measure on the November ballot that is about everything but expanding solar energy.”
  • Tampa Bay Times (third editorial) – “…This amendment is the industry’s attempt to leverage the appeal of clean, plentiful and increasingly affordable energy to sustain a dated business model, an anti-competitive market and a political grip on lawmakers in Tallahassee that has prevented solar from reaching its potential. By rejecting Amendment 1, voters will send a message that Florida can and must do better — and that they won’t fall for misleading advertising.”
  • Tampa Bay Times (fourth editorial) – “…The constitutional amendment has been so deceitful that a key supporter — the union representing the state’s firefighters — has withdrawn its endorsement after its members complained for weeks that the campaign was misleading Florida voters into thinking that solar equipment was dangerous.The utilities have contributed most of the $26 million poured into this campaign because they want to protect the status quo. Voters who want solar options should reject Amendment 1 — and this deceitful method of political advertising”
  • TC Palm – “Don’t be fooled by Amendment 1 […] Florida utility companies have spent millions of dollars to get Amendment 1 on the ballot and to persuade voters to approve it Nov. 8. That should tell you something. [… It’s]  not a good deal for Floridians.”
  • The West Volusia Beacon – “The Florida Constitution should be a sacred document […] free of clutter created by special interests motivated by temporal causes, or profit, or greed. Yet on Nov. 8, our state constitution risks being amended to include language that has no purpose other than protecting a monopoly in the sale of electricity. […] On Nov. 8, let’s vote to protect the sanctity of the Florida Constitution for all of us, not to alter it for profit-minded, monopoly-addicted big corporations. Vote “no” on Amendment 1.”

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