TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – A political committee spearheading a proposed constitutional amendment that would make it harder to expand gambling in Florida got a boost last month from part of the Disney empire.
Disney Worldwide Services, Inc. contributed $250,000 to the political committee “Voters in Charge,” which is seeking to place the proposed amendment on the November 2018 ballot, according to finance information posted on the state Division of Elections website.
The Florida Supreme Court last month signed off on the wording of the proposed constitutional amendment, which, if approved next year, would give voters the "exclusive right to decide whether to authorize casino gambling" in the state. It would require voter approval of casino-style games in the future.
Voters in Charge still must submit hundreds of thousands of verified petition signatures to elections officials to get the measure on the ballot.
In all, the committee raised $287,675 in April, with $250,000 coming from Disney Worldwide Services and $30,000 from the Florida Restaurant & Lodging Association, the finance report shows. It spent $140,709, with $103,792 going to the firm National Voter Outreach, Inc. for petition gathering.