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Disney Supported Florida Politicians Who Are Now Sponsoring Restrictive Voting Bills

According to CNBC, Disney is one of several corporations being scrutinized for donating funds to politicians who are now backing laws that are more restrictive towards voting. Disney has contributed more than $8,000 to the campaigns of three Florida lawmakers who are now sponsoring bills that would restrict voting access.

Florida is one of several states who are making a push for new voting laws to be put in place following the 2020 election, which saw Joe Biden defeat President Donald Trump. Trump postured that voter fraud was the cause of his loss, which has seemingly spurred bills like this into motion.

Disney did not comment on whether or not it will continue to back these lawmakers or if it is planning to lobby against the bills. Each of bills contains potential hurdles for voters and election officials if they are passed into law.

Since 2015, Disney has contributed $28,000 to various Florida state senators backing a bill that could suppress the vote according to The Public Citizen report.

With these types of bills flowing through state legislatures across the country, critics say that corporations have to go further than putting out statements and hold back on campaign contributions.

“Look at the deadly riot at the Capitol on Jan. 6, the refusal to accept the election results, followed by the legislation to restrict the ability to vote. That has really stirred up people,” said Bruce Freed, the president of the nonpartisan Center for Political Accountability, which tracks corporate money in politics. “Companies are ensnared in it because of the money they gave politically. They are seen as enabling it with their contributions.”

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Who Didn't See This Coming
Who Didn't See This Coming
17 days ago

Duh

Progressive Music Lover
Progressive Music Lover
17 days ago

Since when should the citizens of this country be governed by corporations and idiotic organizations like the “Center for Political Accountability”?

Rory
Rory
16 days ago

How is it governing when an organization wants to make sure voting isn’t restricted?

Nathaniel
Nathaniel
17 days ago

Ya but didn’t the Walt Disney company support Biden and the Democrats?

Cds
Cds
17 days ago

Unless Disney plans to do away with photo identification for ticket or pass holders, or biometric readers at the gates, they better keep their mouth shut on this one if they intend to start the now-obligatory virtue signaling other corporations have adopted.

Dan
Dan
17 days ago

Guess they only way Republicans can win is by keeping people away from the polls.
Snowflakes.

Dan
Dan
16 days ago
Reply to  Dan

Producing an ID to verify identity is not cheating. We need to do that for most anything we do in life!

Dan F.
Dan F.
16 days ago
Reply to  Dan

Make up your mind ! Whose side are you on ??? Old saying, “Where there’s smoke, there’s fire.” Too much in question not to believe there was some funny stuff going on.

Anonymous
Anonymous
17 days ago

Since when does a Disney World news site that posts about ride refurbishments and Epcot food post a controversial article about politics. This is our escape from the craziness of politics and now we need to hear that God forbid Disney donated to the campaign of a republican.

Tom Corless
Admin
16 days ago
Reply to  Anonymous

We post any and all company news.

Ryan E
Ryan E
16 days ago
Reply to  Tom Corless

That’s not news. And you should keep an ENTERTAINMENT site just that.

Tom Corless
Admin
16 days ago
Reply to  Ryan E

It’s a news site about an entertainment company. The entertainment company did this action, thus we report it. When own the site, you can decide the scope of the coverage, but we always cover every angle of this company.

Ryan E
Ryan E
14 days ago
Reply to  Tom Corless

Yeah well count yourself one less reader. I don’t come here to read politics and I’m fairly certain many other people don’t either.

Tom Corless
Admin
14 days ago
Reply to  Ryan E

Yeah, I’m not going to change the scope of the coverage nor omit stories by threat, so good riddance. There’s 100 bad WDWNT knockoff sites you can enjoy.

Gotcha
Gotcha
16 days ago

Two questions:
Do you take this stance against these voting integrity bills because you have the temerity to think that POC are too stupid to be able to produce an ID in order to vote?

Also: should this site be expressing political views in its articles, especially racist ones?

Tom Corless
Admin
16 days ago
Reply to  Gotcha

The story is presented with no commentary. I wish people would read articles before commenting.

Dan
Dan
16 days ago
Reply to  Tom Corless

This article is still politically driven and shows the author’s opinion by him posting this.

Tom Corless
Admin
16 days ago
Reply to  Dan

That’s not how news works sir.

Former Reader
Former Reader
16 days ago
Reply to  Tom Corless

The fact that you chose to publish the story is, in and of itself, a commentary. The headline alone makes your intent crystal clear. How about you stick to ride and park updates and stay the hell away from politics?

The tone not your response is unnecessary as well

Tom Corless
Admin
16 days ago
Reply to  Former Reader

You think anyone who publishes a story you don’t like is against you, I’m not going to base what news is published on your feelings. That’s unethical. I’m sorry, this is news and not commentary.

Lisa
Lisa
16 days ago
Reply to  Tom Corless

Seriously?! This article is FULL of commentary!

Tom Corless
Admin
16 days ago
Reply to  Lisa

You have no idea what commentary is then. Those are facts and a quote that does not choose a side. Everyone needs to get over it, both sides. This is a news story about the company we cover, the immaturity to not want to hear anything you don’t want to is scary.

Stan
Stan
16 days ago
Reply to  Tom Corless

This is is not news, news reports both sides, this does not. No mention of how much was donated to dems or what is in the bills that makes them restrictive. No NEWS just partisan fluff

Tom Corless
Admin
16 days ago
Reply to  Stan

This isn’t a side, it’s information. Information doesn’t take sides.

Athena braun
Athena braun
16 days ago
Reply to  Tom Corless

I did and found it very biased. I thought u were neutral unlike other Disney news sites. It was refreshing til this article.

Tom Corless
Admin
16 days ago
Reply to  Athena braun

No one is taking a side. I don’t know how much clearer we can make this.

Tom sucks
Tom sucks
14 days ago
Reply to  Tom Corless

I love that Tom is getting Ratioed on his own site. It’s just like twitter

The1Mouse
The1Mouse
16 days ago

Does it matter? They’re a corporation, not a government. Disney and the rest of the companies in America should focus on providing a quality product and/or service to the general public (ESPECIALLY in Disney’s case with Bob Chapek in power) instead of trying to take a stand politically and telling people how they should think or vote. This kind of thinking today, that things and entities that were not originally intended to be political should be, is going to run this nation into the ground and make people’s lives less enjoyable.

Anon
Anon
16 days ago
Reply to  The1Mouse

Everything is political. You wouldnt have WDW as it is today without Disney being involved in politics.

The1Mouse
The1Mouse
15 days ago
Reply to  Anon

The politics I assume you’re referring to is when Walt negotiated with the local and state Governments at the time to get the necessary legal clearance needed to properly build, operate, and grow Walt Disney World. That was not Disney trying to sway the general public to think the way he does because he just simply wanted them to, that was him working to create his dream and allow his company to provide a quality product – which is something the CEO’s of today seem to not want to do anymore.

PTBarn500
PTBarn500
16 days ago

Shameful.

PTBarn500
PTBarn500
15 days ago
Reply to  PTBarn500

Surprise, surprise…my comment voted down.

Paul
Paul
16 days ago

Most companies play both sides of the fence when it comes to campaign contributions. Not saying that’s how it should be, but it’s definitely how it is. And I can understand (not condone, but understand) why they do.

What I think will be important is what Disney chooses to do now.

Nick
Nick
16 days ago

“Restrict voting access” AKA require photo ID to vote.

Anon
Anon
16 days ago

Can comments just be turned off on WDWNT? I’m always disappointed by the Disney community when I see the hate in the comments section of this site. There are lots of places for people to fight and a Disney news site shouldn’t be one of those.

Tom Corless
Admin
16 days ago
Reply to  Anon

They’ll just do it on Facebook and twitter then. I just wouldn’t scroll down that far.

Nydia Ottawas
Nydia Ottawas
16 days ago

Why the politics? This article should be left to news sites. Disney always asks for Florida ID is when purchasing a Florida annual pass.

Tom Corless
Admin
16 days ago
Reply to  Nydia Ottawas

We report on The Walt Disney Company, so we post stories that concern them. That’s how this works.

The1Mouse
The1Mouse
15 days ago

Ok, I see a lot of people going after Tom and WDWNT for this article. I think it’s time someone defends them in this case. (Please read my whole comment before attempting to flame me if you disagree – I wish to be spared! lol) I personally believe that it is stupid that companies have so much of a say in our political environment today, and believe they should focus on providing a quality product and/or service as opposed to attempting to constantly sway the political landscape and be “woke”. If they continue down this path, I think that American… Read more »

Customer Satisfaction
Customer Satisfaction
15 days ago

Before people jump WDWNT. Disney Donates to like, literally all political candidates in Florida. On both sides.

Which they should stop doing, but that’s my opinion.

Tom sucks
Tom sucks
14 days ago

Good you should need a Vailed ID to be able to vote. I need one to board a plane. I need one to withdraw money from my bank.