EDITORIAL: Gaming companies placed a $62 million bet against Florida voters. Don’t let them win

EDITORIAL: Gaming companies placed a $62 million bet against Florida voters. Don’t let them win

Article brief provided by Miami Herald Editorial Board
  • Miami Herald Editorial Board
July 19, 2021 6:49 PM
  • Miami Herald Editorial Board

    Consider yourself warned, Florida. The door has been flung wide open for more gambling and everyone is scrambling to get a piece of the action.

    How else to explain this astonishing piece of news: Gambling interests pumped a whopping $62 million in political contributions last month into groups and efforts that could influence the future of sports betting and casino gambling via ballot initiatives in 2022, according to a Miami Herald story.

    With that kind of money on the table, the potential market in Florida must be huge. No doubt much of this interest springs from the Legislature’s easy approval this year of a $500 million gambling deal negotiated between the Gov. Ron Desantis and the Seminole Tribe.