Disney Actively Worked to Restrict Gambling in Florida

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This week it was revealed that Disney worked to actively promote a political committee that curbed gambling expansion in Florida by contributing $250,000 to the group in April.

Disney Worldwide Services gave the "Voters in Charge" political committee $250,000 to try to curb the expansion of gambling in the Sunshine State. The Voters for Change group is aiming to put an amendment on the 2018 ballot that would allow voters the "exclusive right to decide whether to authorize casino gambling" within the state's borders. The group itself wants to curb the activity, and will pursue an aggressive marketing campaign to ensure that more casinos aren't added throughout the state. If that measure is approved, future casino games and sites would need to be individually voted on in the future.

For their part, Disney has been against gambling for quite some time, and have worked to disassociate its brands from games that featured their brands. The group has also not placed any casinos on their cruise ships, making them one of the few cruise liners to not have such a feature.

Voters in Charge has to get hundreds of thousands of verified Floridian signatures on petitions to get the matter on the ballots.

We will be updating this story as we learn more.

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13 May 2017 - 1:12am

Well I think that everyone has rights to have their own opinion but I don't see a reason to strike so strongly against gambling. I understand the want to not be associated with it, since they are kids friendly, but not strike against it.

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13 May 2017 - 8:06am

It's obvious that Disney are against gambling and it's been that way for years.
I just wonder is it that from a just moral point of view or they have any fears gambling could interrupt their business in some way probably drawing the attention away from them , I guess there's a little bit of truth in both those suppositions without of course stating that's the whole truth.