Florida Antigambling Amendment: Disney Puts up $4.65 Million
A group that is attempting to push through an amendment to Florida's state constitution that could make it more difficult to expand gambling in the state has received at least $4.65 million from Disney Worldwide Services, Inc., a subsidiary of the Walt Disney Company, with $105,000 paid in the previous month.
The group Voters In Charge has been solely financed by Disney last month, a finance report filed with the state Division of Elections last week states. The group is at the forefront of efforts demanding that voters be given a say on any new casino games in future, which would significantly lessen in the influence of Florida's governor and Legislature on gambling matters.
The proposed amendment to the constitution will be voted on in November as Amendment 3. Up to March 31, the organization had acquired $6.74 million; contributors besides Disney include the Seminole Tribe of Florida, the Native American tribe that holds a virtual monopoly for gambling casinos in the state.
If the amendment garners 60% approval, the Florida Constitution will be changed so that the "exclusive right to decide whether to authorize casino gambling" will rest with Florida voters.