February 6, 2012

Big Businesses Lobbying Group In Florida Has Received $300,000 In Taxpayer Subsidies

On Saturday, the Orlando Sentinel reported that Workforce Central Florida, a taxpayer-supported regional agency, provided $300,000 in grants to the Orlando Regional Chamber of Commerce since 2005. The latest grant, a $50,000 check from last year, has sparked outrage in the community, and criticism from both parties:

State Sen. Mike Fasano, R-New Port Richey, and state Rep. Scott Randolph, D-Orlando, said Workforce was wrong to offer the money, and the chamber was wrong to take it. Both said the coalition’s work was inherently political. “They’re using tax money, in essence, to try and change government regulations,” Fasano said. “How is that not political?”

The taxpayer money was earmarked for a campaign to identify and eliminate “regulatory barriers” to economic growth. A third of the campaign’s budget came from the $50,000 grant.

The Orlando Regional Chamber of Commerce is run by executives from Lockheed Martin, Avant Healthcare, Ernst & Young, Florida Citrus Sports, as well as other business leaders with interests in the area.

The officials who approved the subsidy were the same ones involved with the controversial decision to give out capes to unemployed people in the Orlando area as part of a publicity effort called the “Cape-A-Bility Challenge.”

  • Michael Gallagher

    There is something every day that sickens me about the state of our country. There is no accountability in government at all. If you steal $50 from a retail store in Florida and display a gun you will spend ten years in prison. But you may steal billions of dollars from millions of people and get a slap on the wrist. Lawmakers make bend and, break the laws. Those of us who do not have lobbyist to make sure we have a job may never
    succeed. I believe corruption must be in the DNA of too many Americans.

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