Ecology Party of Florida

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Ecology Party of Florida
ChairpersonCara Campbell[1]
TreasurerGary Hecker[1]
Founded2008; 16 years ago (2008)[2]
HeadquartersFort Lauderdale, Florida
Membership (2012)125[2]
Seats in the Florida Senate
0 / 40
Seats in the Florida House of Representatives
0 / 120

The Ecology Party of Florida is a minor environmental 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.


The Ecology Party of Florida was founded as a Ralph Nader front group.

Ralph Nader[edit]

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).[2][3][4] 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.[5] The party nominated Nader for president of the United States in 2008.[6] 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.[3][6][7]

After Nadler[edit]

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.[8] Contributions from an anonymous donor allowed the party to retain legal representation in support of its efforts.[2]

The party did not nominate a candidate in the 2012 presidential election.[9]

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 power a day [sic]" and sell it directly to businesses and residences on adjacent property.[10]


  1. ^ a b "Ecology Party of Florida". Florida Secretary of State. Retrieved 1 August 2016.
  2. ^ a b c d Penn, Ivan (30 October 2012). "Ecology Party of Florida to battle over environmental concerns surrounding the Levy County nuclear plant". Tampa Bay Times. Retrieved 1 August 2016.
  3. ^ a b "Florida's Small Parties Short on Candidates". Sunshine State News. 10 June 2010. Retrieved 1 August 2016.
  4. ^ "Constitution". Ecology Party of Florida. Retrieved 1 August 2016.
  5. ^ "Five States Require Substantially More Signatures for Independent Presidential Candidates than for Minor Parties". Ballot Access News. 19 November 2014. Retrieved 1 August 2016.
  6. ^ a b Smith, Adam (10 September 2008). "Nader: Florida's Ecology Party nominee". Tampa Bay Times. Archived from the original on 2016-08-18. Retrieved 1 August 2016.
  7. ^ Amato, Theresa (2009). Grand Illusion: The Myth of Voter Choice in a Two-party Tyranny. New Press. ISBN 978-1595583949.
  8. ^ Man, Anthony (9 February 2009). "Ecology Party tries to block two Florida nuclear reactors". South Florida Sun-Sentinel. Retrieved 1 August 2016.
  9. ^ "2012 Florida Presidential Results". Politico. 19 November 2012. Retrieved 1 August 2016.
  10. ^ Turner, Jim (2 August 2016). "Second group launches solar energy ballot initiative". South Florida Sun-Sentinel. Retrieved 16 July 2016.

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