The majority of sugar cane might be grown in South Florida, but the industry’s political reach extends far beyond the state.
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The Fanjul family sugar empire benefits from environmental efforts that give them a green image — as taxpayers foot the bill — and from federal subsidies that American consumers pay for both at the grocery store and on tax day.
Billionaire brothers David and Charles Koch have quickly become boogeymen of the left, the liberal answer to the man behind many conservative conspiracies: George Soros. Meanwhile, other billionaires and multimillionaires who have used their wealth to fund their agendas have managed to slip under the radar. Among them are the Fanjul family — Florida sugar magnates who also happen to be friends and neighbors of David and Julia Koch.
Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla., has made no secret of his pro-business agenda since taking office in January. It comes as little surprise, then, that his 2010 campaign was backed largely by industries he now supports.
Florida Gov. Charlie Crist announced his desire to call for a special legislative session this month to take care of urgent state business — a proposal to ban offshore oil drilling following the oil rig accident in Louisiana. But it is also a chance for U.S. Senate candidate Crist to broadcast his environmental bona fides. Crist has long championed environmental protection, and his policies are in many ways responsible for his ouster from the Republican Party.