Disney Pours More Money Into Anti-Gambling Initiative

Disney Worldwide Services plowed another $600,000 in August into a ballot initiative that could make it harder to expand gambling in Florida, according to a newly filed campaign-finance report.

As of Aug. 31, Disney had contributed $1.75 million of the $1.98 million raised by a political committee known as Voters In Charge, which is leading efforts to get the initiative on the November 2018 ballot. The initiative would change the state Constitution and give voters the “exclusive right to decide whether to authorize casino gambling” in the state.

It would require voter approval of casino-style games in the future.

The political committee needs to submit a total of 766,200 petition signatures to get on the ballot. As of Monday morning, it had submitted 216,469 signatures, according to the state Division of Elections website. The committee had spent $1.47 million as of Aug. 31, with most of the money going to petition gathering and verification.