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Seminole Tribe of Florida gives $1 million to DeSantis political committee

Sun Labs USA Inc. of Tampa gave $400,000, according to the latest finance report.
Gov. Ron DeSantis and Marcellus Osceola, Jr., chairman of the Seminole Tribe of Florida, pose for a photo at a signing ceremony on Friday, April 23, 2021.
Gov. Ron DeSantis and Marcellus Osceola, Jr., chairman of the Seminole Tribe of Florida, pose for a photo at a signing ceremony on Friday, April 23, 2021.
Published Aug. 12

The Seminole Tribe of Florida, which last year reached a gambling deal with Gov. Ron DeSantis, contributed $1 million to his political committee on Aug. 1, according to a newly filed finance report.

The tribe contribution was part of nearly $2.225 million that the Friends of Ron DeSantis committee received from July 30 through Aug. 5, the period covered in the report.

The committee also spent nearly the same amount of money during the period and had about $124.9 million in cash on hand as of Aug. 5.

DeSantis and the tribe last year negotiated a deal that included allowing the Seminoles to operate sports betting in the state. Lawmakers approved the deal, known as a compact, but a federal judge later blocked it.

Related: Court denies Seminole Tribe’s request for stay in Florida sports betting case

Other contributions to DeSantis’ committee from July 30 through Aug. 5 included $400,000 from Sun Labs USA Inc. of Tampa.

The committee, meanwhile, contributed $1 million to the Republican Party of Florida and paid $1 million to Ohio-based Flexpoint Media Inc. for “media placement,” according to the report.

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