Seminole Tribe, Disney Continue to Bankroll Florida Campaign to Restrict Gambling
Although the constitutional amendment proposed by Voters in Charge has already secured a spot on the November ballot, the group continues to receive funding from its biggest supporters. The Seminole Tribe of Florida and Disney Worldwide Services put another $700,000 into the group's bankroll in February.
No longer on a mission to collect signatures and qualify for the ballot, the latest contributions are for raising awareness about the amendment and inspiring Floridians to go out and vote. According to local news, the political committee spent $560,000 of the $700,000 it received last month on advertising services.
Voters in Charge sought out-of-state experts to craft their local ad campaign, paying Maryland-based SHR Media, Inc. nearly $500,000 for advertising.
The amendment they are promoting would take the ability to expand gambling in the state of Florida out of the hands of the state Legislature by requiring voter approval for all gambling legislation.
The Florida House and Senate have been at odds over gambling regulations in the state for years. They made an effort to come to an agreement on the issue before the end of the Legislative session on Friday. Though negotiations made more progress than ever before, the two chambers were still unable to finalize an agreement.
The Seminole Tribe contributed $500,000 to Voters in Charge in February. The operates the state's most lucrative gaming brand, Hard Rock Hotel and Casino. Lawmakers have yet to renew the tribe's gambling compact with the state; an agreement that would secure billions in gaming revenue share for the state.
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