3rd request, .@Pitbull: your copy of #LoveFL contract, please [updated]

[Update 12/14/16: It appears Pitbull feels no need to answer to Florida legislators, either; not even top dawgs.]

 

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rapper Pitbull’s ridiculously redacted contract with Florida, (or #LoveFL, or Visit Florida, or Florida Tourism Industry Marketing Corporation, or MustBeTheSunshine.org, or the Florida Legislature, etc.)

 

I expected a goose chase in asking Rick Scott’s office for a cost accounting of #LoveFL ad campaign that is likely of negligible value to ordinary Floridians … goose chases are a hallmark of Scott’s administration.

But I didn’t expect Pitbull to keep ignoring my Twitter challenges to produce his copy of his apparently #LoveFL-related contract, as he claims to “represent” the underprivileged. If Pitbull isn’t afraid of a Chihuahua like me, this third time asking ought be a charm.

Published on Jan 19, 2015

On January 15th, Pitbull gave a speech at his Charter School, SLAM! Middle/High School, honoring Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. It was an emotional moment for Armando as he reflected on his life and the lives of the students that attend his school on a daily basis. Florida Governor Rick Scott also officially named January 15th “Pitbull Day” for the city of Miami and the State of Florida.

 

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From: Susan Chandler
Date: December 9, 2015 3:50:32 AM EST
To: Scott Open Government <scottopengov@eog.myflorida.com>
Cc: Governor Rick Scott <Rick.Scott@eog.myflorida.com>, “NEGRON.JOE.WEB” <negron.joe.web@flsenate.gov>, Larry Lee <Larry.Lee@myfloridahouse.gov>
Subject: (Second) Request for disclosure of #LoveFL costs, including contract with Pitbull and any other “stars”

Dear Ms. Gorman,

While I can and do thank you for your reply, I can’t thank you for its content. I was clearly seeking a written response regarding the costs of the controversial contract with Pitbull, not a telephone conversation.

I assume that William Talbert III is the proper person to contact at Visit Florida, as Visit Florida appears to be a d/b/a trademark for Florida Tourism Industry Marketing Corporation, Inc., and Sunbiz lists Talbert as the corporation’s Treasurer. If I am mistaken, please correct me by providing an alternate name. Please provide an email address for whomever I should contact, as well.

Florida Tourism Industry Marketing Corporation Inc’s Sunbiz record does not state that it is doing business as Visit Florida, only the (incomplete) Sunbiz record for the Visit Florida trademark states the d/b/a relationship. Talbert’s employment as CEO with the Greater Miami Convention & Visitors Bureau seems a conflict of interest, as does President/CEO Will Secombe’s Trustee position with the Florida Chamber of Commerce. Citizens Property Insurance seems to be set up the same way as Visit Florida/Florida Tourism Marketing Corporation Inc – a non-profit that is under the legislature’s control – but Citizens has no similar listings on Sunbiz that I can locate. The VISITFLORIDA.COM website brings another dot org into the mix via its Internet address – http://www.mustbethesunshine.org/en-us.html – which appears to have no listing on Sunbiz as a trademarked d/b/a or a corporate entity. Of course, none of this confusion would have come to my attention had you simply provided me with a contact name and an email address.

I will likely understand somewhat more about the puzzles listed above when I see Florida Tourism Industry Marketing Corporation’s financials, and read their explanation of the contract with Pitbull, and its redactions. Of course, with yet more cutbacks planned for Children’s Medical Services, I will be incensed if ordinary Floridians compensated any wealthy entertainer(s) to promote tourism. Advertising for new customers is a not an extraordinary cost of doing business for corporations like Disney, Lego Land, Universal, Seaworld, etc., but it is an extraordinary cost for private citizens, especially citizens with unhealthy children who can’t afford insurance (like average employees of Disney, etc).

Thank you for your time, ma’am; I look forward to your response.

Sincerely,

Susan Chandler

http://search.sunbiz.org/Inquiry/CorporationSearch/SearchResultDetail?inquirytype=EntityName&directionType=Initial&searchNameOrder=FLORIDATOURISMINDUSTRYMARKETIN%20N950000027060&aggregateId=domnp-n95000002706-481f41a1-a256-4a9e-8792-7dadbdb6f09f&searchTerm=FLORIDA%20TOURISM%20INDUSTRY%20MARKETING%20CORP&listNameOrder=FLORIDATOURISMINDUSTRYMARKETIN%20N950000027060

http://search.sunbiz.org/Inquiry/CorporationSearch/SearchResultDetail?inquirytype=EntityName&directionType=Initial&searchNameOrder=VISITFLORIDA%20T030000015810&aggregateId=trade-t03000001581-4e0194d7-d53a-4489-86d8-a9820a190117&searchTerm=Visit%20Florida&listNameOrder=VISITFLORIDA%20N970000044410

From: Scott Open Government <scottopengov@eog.myflorida.com>
Date: December 7, 2015 11:32:16 AM EST
To: Susan Chandler
Subject: RE: (Second) Request for disclosure of #LoveFL costs, including contract with Pitbull and any other “stars”

Ms. Chandler,
 
The Governor’s Office of Open Government received your request for records, a copy of which is below for your reference. We recommend that you contact Visit Florida, as they are the appropriate entity to address your request. Their contact information is found below:
 
Visit Florida
(850) 205-3815
 
We hope this information is helpful.
 
Sincerely,
 
Amanda Gorman
Office of Open Government
Executive Office of the Governor
PL-04 The Capitol
Tallahassee, Florida 32399
850.717.9248

From: Susan Chandler
Sent: Sunday, December 06, 2015 1:53 PM
To: Governor Rick Scott <GovernorRick.Scott@eog.myflorida.com>; Scott Open Government <scottopengov@eog.myflorida.com>
Subject: (Second) Request for disclosure of #LoveFL costs, including contract with Pitbull and any other “stars”
 
Dear Governor Scott,
 
As your Open Government office failed to respond to my initial request, I am writing to insist that your office provide an accounting summary of your #LoveFL advertising campaign: I have a right to know the lengths to which you have gone to subsidize wealthy individuals and corporations with my tax dollars.
 
Each day that you remain in office, there is less to love about Florida. An article in yesterday’s Miami Herald – “Bitter pill: How Florida rations care for frail kids” – makes it clear how far beyond the pale you have gone in dismantling programs that assist vulnerable Floridians through Children’s Medical Services … you have allowed infants and children to suffer from lack of medical care, and intend to make further CMS cuts that many infants and children simply won’t survive.
 
Please provide the requested #LoveFL accounting summary immediately. Thank you.
 
Susan Chandler
 
http://www.miamiherald.com/news/state/florida/article48230395.html

From: Susan Chandler <wobblywarriors@comcast.net>
Date: December 1, 2015 12:32:45 PM EST
To: Scott Open Government <scottopengov@eog.myflorida.com>
Cc: “NEGRON.JOE.WEB” <negron.joe.web@flsenate.gov>, Larry Lee <Larry.Lee@myfloridahouse.gov>
Subject: Request for disclosure of #LoveFL costs, including contract with Pitbull and any other “stars”
 
To whom it may concern,

I am writing to request disclosure of the amount of Florida tax dollars that have been misappropriated to fund the #LoveFL advertising campaign to draw tourists here, with the misappropriation made self-evident by pay remaining ludicrously low for some Florida public servants, i.e.; corrections officers, mental health workers. I am not requesting documents, because I have seen the ridiculously redacted documents that were furnished in regards to an open records request concerning a state contract with rapper Pitbull. I am requesting an accounting summary.

Corporate interests – Disney, Universal, etc. – should purchase their own advertisements to bring tourists to Florida; courtesy of our low minimum wage, these corporations have coffers that are overflowing. That low minimum wage is a corporate subsidy … so is the #LoveFL campaign. Florida’s government is notorious for putting corporations ahead of constituents: it’s why agricultural slavery continues; it’s why large-scale polluters like the Koch brothers get a free pass to wreck natural wonders like the St Johns River; it’s why a simple thing like bringing just one form of medical marijuana to market – a mission unaccomplished, still – has likely cost Floridians more than any two states combined budgets for bringing every form of medical marijuana to market in a timely manner.

The Scott administration has been in full-out reverse Robin Hood mode from day one, and it has cost many Floridians their very lives, Floridans like Anthony Barsotti, Charlene Dill and Darren Rainey. It’s time for the bloody plundering to stop. Please forward a full accounting of the total tab we’ve picked up for #LoveFL before the close of business on Friday, December 4th. Thank you.

Sincerely,

Susan Chandler

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About Susan Chandler

Now-disabled interior/exterior designer dragged into battling conviction corruption from its periphery in a third personal battle with civil public corruption.
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One Response to 3rd request, .@Pitbull: your copy of #LoveFL contract, please [updated]

  1. This post, unfortunately, doesn’t look much like the draft. I will attempt editing it later.

    Thank you for your understanding.

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