Disney Paid $500,000 to Fight Florida Gambling

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This week it was revealed that the Walt Disney Company paid $500,000 to a political action committee (PAC) with the goal of stopping gambling expansion in Florida.

The revelation was made by the Florida Division of Elections, who showed that Disney Worldwide Services paid $500,000 to the Voters in Charge PAC in July. That large amount comes three months after Disney donated $250,000 to the group. Voters in Charge is fighting to keep gambling expansion from happening in Florida. The group wants to put any gambling expansion on ballots for voters, rather than giving lawmakers the ability to make the decision. That method works best for Disney, as it gives the group the chance to sway the opinion of voters. Voters in Charge has to collect 766,200 signatures on a petition to get the issue onto the ballots in the 2018 election cycle.

The big mouse is against gambling and even prohibits casinos on its cruise ships. The group has also begun pulling Disney associated brands from gambling associations. The group had previously pulled the Marvel series of slots from Playtech.

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14 August 2017 - 7:01pm

Well, if they don't want to be associated with gambling in any aspect that's one thing but that Disney campaign against gambling started to cost them millions apparently and I wonder if they are so highly moralized that they are ready to clash in that battle which looks to be a premeditated loss, more so what they doing started to look like they bribe that group to defend even more eagerly Disney's cause.

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15 August 2017 - 12:55am

Walt Disney Company is located in Florida ? Or Disney Land ?
It is interesting to know that Voters In Charge PAC pulled the Marvel games from the Playtech.
So, now they will start to do the same for DC comics ? 🙂

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15 August 2017 - 9:26am

No it wasn't the PAC group that got rid of the Marvel slots. Disney chose not to renew the Marvel slots licensing agreements with both Cryptologic and Playtech which were already in place when they acquired Marvel. They are at least consistent in their opposition to all forms of gambling.


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15 August 2017 - 4:35pm

And obviously ready to spend big to prevent it or at least slow it down entering the state, so gambling is the 8 deadly sin now? Apparently -yes according to Disney, I wish to see them fighting drogues, cancer or whatever other cause that is bigger curse for the human kind...those funds could be quite more useful in a thousand different ways maybe.