Seminole Tribe Donates Another Million to FL Governor’s PAC

The money will be used to advance the “Freedom Agenda,” which focuses on the new gaming compact

2021 Class III Gaming Compact

Class III Gaming Compact has been agreed upon by Seminole Tribe and DeSantis which expands to retail and online sports betting, together with new casino games. But it was eventually nullified by the federal judge after a month. The situation is especially dire for the Seminole Tribe, which has been forced to shut down its Hard Rock Sportsbook app in early December 2021.

This is due to the lawsuit filed by Magic City Casino and the Bonita Springs Poker Room, who argue that the Indian Gaming Regulatory Act (IGRA) was violated by the online sports betting aspects of the agreement. Specifically, by accepting online sports bets from players who are not physically present on the tribe’s territory.

Tribal leaders already submitted an appeal before the US Circuit Court of Appeals but the decision is not expected to come out soon. The final judgment is expected to be further delayed as the case may be taken to Supreme Court by the losing side.

Seminoles Continuous Support

The Seminoles continue their commitment to donating heavily towards DeSantis and the Republican Party, this time with a $1 million donation that will go toward his political campaign arm.

The Hard Rock owner previously donated three million dollars earlier this year to support the Republican Governors Association (RGA); it’s an indication of how much faith they have put into him as not just another politician but someone who can lead our state forward after these difficult times.

Is this a Silent Political Lobbying?

The Seminole Tribe has been fighting to maintain its control of slot machines outside Miami-Dade and Broward counties, as well table games everywhere across the state. Las Vegas Sands is one company that wants this restriction lifted so it can expand its business into commercial casino gambling with an eye on ending what it sees happening: The powerful Indian Gaming interest’s stronghold over Florida’s gaming industry Gary Bitner, spokesperson for the Seminole Tribe explains the Indian Tribe’s stand:

“In general, the tribe does contribute to issues and candidates in Florida and other states, according to its best interests,” Bitner stated. “The Tribe doesn’t comment on reports of specific campaign contributions.”

The issue comes up after Gov. Desantis emerged as the top candidate to win Florida’s 2022 gubernatorial with a dominating 92% chance according to PredictIt bettors.