The Seminole Tribe in Florida has provided yet another $1 million to Voters in Charge, a committee that is hoping voters will back a casino ballot referendum query subsequent week throughout the midterm elections.
Come Tuesday, November six, Floridians will be asked regardless of whether they want to strip state lawmakers of their powers to choose future gaming matters in the Sunshine State.
Amendment three, titled the “Voter Approval of Casino Gambling Initiative,” will inform voters that a “yes” vote “supports this amendment to deliver voters, via citizen-initiated ballot measures, with the exclusive proper to choose regardless of whether to authorize casino gambling in Florida.”
The potent Seminole Tribe hopes it receives the needed 60 % help required to amend the Florida Constitution. According to the Florida Division of State’s Division of Elections, the Native American group gave Voters in Charge yet another $1 million on October 31 to make certain the group was flush with money throughout the final week prior to the election.
Disney, Seminoles Funding Push
Voters in Charge has raised $44.1 million considering that February 2017, and just about all of the monetary contributions have come from either the Seminole Tribe or Disney. Committee finance documents show that the two groups are accountable for $44 million of the total.
Disney Worldwide Solutions, the lobbying arm of the mass media and entertainment empire, has provided $19.65 million, though the Seminoles have donated $24.35 million.
Their causes for supporting Amendment three are starkly distinctive.
Disney desires to make certain casinos do not encroach on the Orlando location in hopes of keeping the city’s household-friendly reputation exactly where its huge theme parks and resorts are positioned. The Seminoles want to make certain industrial slot machines do not expand all through the state, and furthermore want to make certain property-banked table games ( blackjack) do not expand to card clubs and parimutuel racetracks and jai alai facilities.
Disney and the tribe think voters would be extra apprehensive in approving gaming expansion from its present state than politicians who could be lobbied by outdoors influences.
In September, it seemed Amendment three was practically a certain issue. A poll discovered that 71 % of probably voters will say yes to the casino ballot query, or 11 % extra than needed for its passage.
That is when a group named Citizens for Truth About Amendment three sprung into action. The committee opposing the casino query raised more than $9.9 million in the month of October, and went on a advertising frenzy.
A poll released in October discovered that Amendment three is now supported by just 54 % of probably voters, which would be a win for the opposition.
Citizens for Truth has received $two.five million from MGM Resorts, $200,000 from FanDuel, and millions of dollars from entities invested in Florida card clubs and horse and greyhound racetracks.
Florida gubernatorial candidate Andrew Gillum (D), who holds a two.7-point lead according to Genuine Clear Politics more than Republican Ron DeSantis, stated he supports the amendment query and is “always in favor of voters getting a say on momentous challenges.” DeSantis has however issued a view on the casino dilemma, but has taken $500,000 in campaign revenue from Las Vegas Sands billionaire Sheldon Adelson.