Ecology Party of Florida
Ecology Party of Florida
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The Ecology Party of Florida is a minor political party in the United States state of Florida. Founded as a front group to support Ralph Nader's 2008 presidential candidacy, it has remained minimally active in the years since that election.
Formation and early history
The party, which describes itself as "peacefully revolutionary", was founded by supporters of Ralph Nader in 2008 (under Florida elections law, political parties are recognized upon filing a statement of existence with the Florida Secretary of State naming a chair and a treasurer). The party was formed to give Nader easy access to the Florida ballot line in that year's election; Florida elections law allows any registered political party to place a candidate for president of the United States on the election ballot, but requires unaffiliated candidates (which Ralph Nader was in 2008) to submit a petition signed by 119,316 registered voters. The party nominated Nader for president of the United States in 2008. Nader accepted the nomination and appeared on the ballot in Florida as a candidate of the Ecology Party of Florida, while running in most other states as independent or unaffiliated.
In 2009 the party registered as a co-intervener in an attempt to stop administrative licensing of two proposed nuclear reactors in Levy County, Florida. Contributions from an anonymous donor allowed the party to retain legal representation in support of its efforts.
In 2015 the party joined with a number of other groups, including Greenpeace, the Tea Party Network, Sierra Club, and Conservatives for Responsible Stewardship, in pushing a ballot initiative in Florida that, if passed, would permit businesses to produce up to two megawatts of solar power per day and sell it directly to businesses and residences on adjacent property.
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- Amato, Theresa (2009). Grand Illusion: The Myth of Voter Choice in a Two-party Tyranny. New Press. ISBN 1595583947.
- Man, Anthony (9 February 2009). "Ecology Party tries to block two Florida nuclear reactors". South Florida Sun-Sentinel. Retrieved 1 August 2016.
- "2012 Florida Presidential Results". Politico. 19 November 2012. Retrieved 1 August 2016.
- Turner, Jim (2 August 2016). "Second group launches solar energy ballot initiative". South Florida Sun-Sentinel. Retrieved 16 July 2016.