The Disney Co.’s Fake Bipartisanship
Some news organizations, like NPR, NBC and ABC are prohibiting their employees from participating in John Stewart’s “Rally to Restore Sanity” set for October 30 in Washington, D.C. Wouldn’t want them to appear partisan or anything now would we?
But, in the case of ABC — which is owned by the Disney Co., — it’s okay for the company itself to donate $578,000 to the Florida GOP:
Mickey Mouse appears to be quite fond of state Rep. Dean Cannon.
Shortly after Cannon, a Winter Park Republican in line to be the next speaker of Florida’s House of Representatives, opened his campaign for re-election last year, Walt Disney World wrote him a check for $500, the maximum amount allowed by state law.
Disney didn’t stop there. In February, according to state campaign-finance records, the giant resort gave Cannon eight more checks worth $500 apiece — each one issued by a different Disney entity, from its time-share unit to its cruise line to its gift-card processor.
And Cannon isn’t the only candidate benefitting from Mickey’s generosity. Records show that Disney has used its myriad corporate affiliates — with names such as Disney Photo Imaging LLC and Magic Kingdom Inc. — to rain checks on state legislators from Miami to the Panhandle.
Boycott Disney Co.
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