Disney sinks another $1 million into gambling initiative

Disney Worldwide Services contributed an additional $1 million in November to a ballot initiative that could make it harder to expand gambling in Florida, according to a newly filed finance report.

The Disney money made up almost all of the $1,021,000 in cash collected last month by the political committee known as Voters In Charge. In all, Disney had contributed at least $3.875 million to the committee since April, a state database shows.

The committee in recent months has steadily collected and submitted petition signatures as it tries to get the initiative on the November 2018 ballot.

As of Monday afternoon, the committee had submitted 528,169 valid petition signatures to the state Division of Elections. It needs to reach a total of 766,200 signatures.

The ballot proposal would change the Florida Constitution and give voters the "exclusive right to decide whether to authorize casino gambling." It would require voter approval of casino-style games in the future.


Information provided by The News Service of Florida.